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Appointee at elite civil service school means business

The entrance jury for the École Nationale d’Administration, the grande école that trains France’s top civil servants, is to be led for the first time by someone who has never been a civil servant or an academic.

Isabel Marey-Semper, a former executive at the French cosmetics company L’Oréal, will head the 2019 jury that will interview and select students for the ENA, the news website Acteurs Publics announced on 8 March.

Marey-Semper stepped down as head of communications and public affairs at the L’Oréal Foundation, which supports women in science, in 2017 after seven years at L’Oréal. She previously worked for the car manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroën and the construction materials company Saint-Gobain. She holds a PhD in neuropharmacology from Paris 6 University and, unlike most previous heads of the jury, never attended the ENA.

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