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Ben Gautier

Product and strategy advisor

Can work in or around Paris

  • 48.858705
  • 2.342865
  • Suggested rate £800 / day
  • Experience 7+ years
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Location and workplace preferences

Paris, France
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  • around Paris and 50km


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  • English

    Native or bilingual

  • French

    Native or bilingual

  • Italian


  • Spanish



Skills (15)

Ben in a few words

Results-driven senior product manager with over 8 years of experience in driving product innovation and leading strategic projects. My background in product ( / own venture) and strategy (L.E.K. Consulting / Expedia Group) gives me an edge to identify the biggest problems to focus on and deliver elegant and impactful solutions to drive companies forward.

My areas of expertise:
- build / align on product vision and roadmap that get teams, users, and partners very excited and that directly drive companies' key objectives and metrics
- lead new product discovery / development / launch in an agile and iterative manner to efficiently deliver impactful products
- integrate new partners onto platform (API-based) in a smooth and effective manner to strengthen partnership and ensure it's a win-win deal
- design growth strategy (both organic and acquisition-led) and objectives for companies at all development stages (startups, SMBs, large corporates); e.g., enter new markets, build new products, acquire competitors, grow customer base
- brainstorm / drive / coordinate decisions in a x-function set up to ensure alignment and delivery
- conduct user / market analysis to get the most actionable insights (primary and secondary research, both qualitative and quantitative analysis)

Key industries - tech / marketplace (, Expedia Group, own venture), hospitality & travel (Expedia Group, own venture, L.E.K. Consulting, independent advisory), logistics (, and sustainability ( and independent advisory). I've also covered many different industries during my time at L.E.K. Consulting (e.g., energy, healthcare, media).

Location - I can work in France / EU / UK and in a remote setup.


Logistics & Supply Chain

Senior Product Manager

London, England, United Kingdom

September 2021 - January 2023 (1 year and 4 months)

− Role: lead x-airline product innovation

− Responsibilities and skills: lead discovery & delivery of new x-airline products (own whole process, from user research to
product rollout), design / test product solutions with engineers / designer, align with commercial leaders on airline priorities,
enhance team / x-team OS, communicate internally / externally about new discoveries & products

− Project examples: deliver first airline product roadmap, launch new airline product categories with top 10 cargo airlines, lead
discovery and pitch for new white-label solution to 3 global carriers; deliver API-based integration for new airline; build
dashboard to track all airlines’ performance success; create direct communication mechanism for all users-airlines

Expedia Group

Travel & Tourism

Strategy Manager

London, England, United Kingdom

February 2019 - August 2021 (2 years and 6 months)

− Role: lead key strategic cross-function projects

− Responsibilities and skills: lead / implement multiple projects simultaneously for the management team; advise management
team on how to improve product / operating model, align / manage key stakeholders to drive successful decisions and project
implementation; coordinate and communicate BU strategy across teams

− Project examples: lead COVID war room (drive / co-ordinate decisions); drive decision to transform customer marketing
program and design new product proposition, identify priorities for Google partnership and design / implement partnership OS
Commercial strategy growth strategy Crisis management Communication Stakeholder Management Product strategy Market research

Phoenix Equity Partners

Banking & Insurance

Origination and Research Executive (L.E.K. 7-month secondment)

London, England, United Kingdom

August 2017 - February 2018 (6 months)

− Identify key sectors and companies to invest in and contact / build long-term relationships with founders / CEOs

− Assist deal team on live opportunities (e.g., due diligence, winning strategy, and company presentations)
Due dilligence Market analysis Origination Stakeholder management Building trust Communication Corporate strategy

L.E.K. Consulting

Consulting & Audits

Associate Consultant

London, England, United Kingdom

September 2015 - December 2018 (3 years and 3 months)

− Role: advise large multinational companies and investors on strategic / transaction projects

− Responsibilities and skills: conduct significant primary / secondary research and in-depth qualitative / quantitative analysis (e.g.,
market sizing and forecast; advanced user of Excel, Alteryx, and Tableau), manage and mentor more junior staff, brainstorm,
collaborate, and communicate key findings with clients / partners, and fully own multiple work streams to help solve the case

− Project examples: design and validate group strategy for a private healthcare group in emerging markets, help an e-travel
company enter new markets across Europe, and advise a PE fund on the acquisition of a media company