Bernard Gainnier

Président de PwC France & Afrique francophone, PwC France

Chairman of PwC France and Francophone Africa, Bernard Gainnier began his career with PwC in 1985 in Paris. In 1990, he transferred to the Marseille office, where he was made Partner in 1995. Two years later, he moved to the Shanghai office, working with such international clients as Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, Danone, L’Oréal and Novartis. In 2000, he relocated to San José, California, where he developed specialised expertise in the technology and software sector.

In 2001, he returned to Paris, where he advised telecommunications and technology companies, becoming Lead Partner in the Technology, Information & Communication, Media and Entertainment practice. He served as Global Relationship Partner for France Telecom and counted Accor, Kodak, Ingenico and Groupe Lucien Barrière among his clients.

In 2007, Bernard became a member of the PwC France Executive Committee. He was also in charge of Mid-Tier business development and was later named Lead Partner for marketing & communication and cross-industry programmes.

He was first elected by his peers to a four-year term as Chairman of PwC France and Francophone Africa on 1 July 2013 and then re-elected to a second term on 1 July 2017. One of his priorities is to drive the holistic transformation of PwC in France and Francophone Africa, covering the business lines, processes and systems, the working environment and practices, and an in-depth cultural transformation.

As a dedicated entrepreneur committed to promoting successful French companies, he founded the #LetsgoFrance movement in June 2016. He is also a founding member of the PwC corporate foundation for France and Francophone Africa.

Deeply engaged in the transformation of the finance and accounting profession, Bernard is Chairman of the Finance Innovation global competitiveness cluster. Since 2018, he is also President of the F3P (French Federation of Multidisciplinary Firms). He sits on the Board of Directors of Telemaque, an association for high school students in sensitive areas.

In his commitment to innovation in every form, he also sits on the Supervisory Board of Quantum and the Board of Directors of Data&Data.