Since 2016, Bernard Spitz has been the President of the French Insurance Federation (FFA), a trade body representing 99% of the insurance market. Mr Spitz was the chairman of FFSA, FFA’s predecessor, since 2008. He also chairs the Club des Juristes Commission on Cyber Risks launched in September 2016.
A Board member of MEDEF, the French employer’s organization, Bernard Spitz also chairs their Europe and International cluster since July 2013. He was tasked by MEDEF to oversee the Social Agenda of the B20 (the international business leaders and employers summit) since the French Presidency of the G20 in 2011, during which Mr Spitz coordinated the ever first joint declaration of employers and labour represented by the B20 and the L20 (the international Unions summit). He remains an active member of the B20 and will coordinate the organisation the B7 Summit under France’s G7 Presidency in 2019 on behalf of MEDEF.
Bernard Spitz is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and the École supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC), as well as of École nationale d’administration (ENA, 1984-1986). He was an adviser to Prime Minister Michel Rocard from 1988 to 1991 ; a Maître des Requêtes at the Council of State (specialized in the media, communication and digital industry) ; and an executive Director at the head of Canal+ from 1992 to 1996. From 2000 to 2004, he was Chief Strategy Officer of Vivendi Universal.
Bernard Spitz has overseen a number of public reports and efforts, notably as rapporteur to the French Competition Council, as member of the French Economic and Social Council and of the Security Council.
Bernard Spitz is a member of the boards of Air France and Ecole Alsacienne (Paris), the President of think tank Les Gracques and the Vice-President of the association Michelrocard.org. He also sits on the Policy Board of the Aspen Institute (France), and is a member of several leading European think tanks, including Astrid (Italy), The Lisbon Council (Belgium) and En temps Réel (France).
He wrote several books on how to reform the State, including Notre Etat (In Our State), with Roger Fauroux, published by Robert Laffont in 2001; C’est possible ! Voici comment… (It’s possible : Here’s How), with Michel Pébereau, published by Robert Laffont in 2007 ; Le Papy Krach (The Grandfather Krach), published by Grasset in 2006 and On achève bien les jeunes (Our children betrayed) published by Grasset in 2015.