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2009-09-09 - GraphiLine
Interview with Didier Trut. The Imprimerie Nationale is a solution and service integrator

Antoine Gaillard : Didier Trutt, you have recently been appointed CEO of the Imprimerie Nationale. How did the job come to you?

Didier Trutt : Through headhunting. The consultant in charge of recruitment identified several potential candidates. I then passed the various stages of a classic recruitment process. Given the particular nature of the Imprimerie Nationale's shareholder, the State, I was also interviewed by the APE (Agence des Participations de l'Etat) and by the IN's supervisory ministry, the Department of Finance. In the end, I was appointed board member of the imprimerie then chairman by the Cabinet of Ministers.

AG : Prior to joining the Imprimerie Nationale, you worked for the Thomson Group, an electronic group. Are there any similarities between electronics and printing, in particular with the Imprimerie Nationale?

Didier Trutt : Both companies evolve in a highly technologic and technical industrial sector, which is constantly changing. Consequently they have both had to become service oriented. They have had to adapt to market needs and to manage a thorough change in people and solutions. My past experience in the electronic sector helps me have a deeper understanding of the difficulties that my colleagues in the printing business have to face today.

AG : What are your first impressions as CEO of the Imprimerie Nationale?

Didier Trutt : the Imprimerie Nationale is an old company, in the best sense of the word, and a great company. It has been through some rough times and has not fully recovered. Nevertheless, the Imprimerie Nationale possesses an excellent industrial tool, its production plant in Douai, and the unique expertise of its staff. For me, the Imprimerie Nationale is more than a printing office; it is a technology and solution integrator. We work in close collaboration with companies such as Sagem, Thales and Gemalto for high-tech industrial processes that require the highest security standards. However the company's image has suffered from its social and legal difficulties. The Imprimerie Nationale has lived a revolution; it is now a high-tech company! It issues French biometric passports in record time: 100% of passports are produced and delivered in less than four days!

AG : Can you tell us a bit more about the Imprimerie Nationale?

Didier Trutt : The Imprimerie Nationale focuses on 5 core activities: fiduciary, continuous, the graphic platform (a service platform for corporate customers), heritage and a public service delegation contract to manage tachograph cards for lorries. The IN has 550 employees and an annual turnover of 130 million euros.

AG : The Imprimerie Nationale is facing a judicial investigation for corruption. What is the progress on the matter?

Didier Trutt : We do not have any information with regard to the progress of the investigation. As you know, the investigation concerns past events and employees that have, for the most part, already left the company. Export is complex and requires strict procedures in order to determine the real added value of certain middlemen. That is something I learnt while working for Thomson in Asia. Procedures have been reinforced and I pledge to ensure compliance with the company's code of ethics. The investigation is pending… Mistakes may have been made in the past, but I find it hard to believe that the company may have supported such acts.

AG : What is your roadmap for the next few months?

Didier Trutt : The Imprimerie Nationale has undergone numerous reorganizations these past few years. The time has come for reconstruction and development as a service provider. We must guide our clients with regard to their document needs, to the dematerialization and rematerialization of their documents! This will require some adjustments and some investments. It will also imply changing the way we work in some activities. The company has excellent assets, both technological and human. One should stay humble in the light of the Imprimerie Nationale's 500 years old history.