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Though he is not quite forty yet, Olivier Gaudin is already very experienced. He wears a big smile and is always on form.
Born in Saint Foy les Lyon, Olivier grew up in the "Monts du Lyonnais" region (Thurins) among the fruit trees. That healthy environment is perhaps the source of his contagious optimism.
Olivier Gaudin completed all of his studies in Lyon, where he still lives. After his A-levels, he went on to obtain several professional qualifications including a degree in chartered accountancy.
Olivier Gaudin is one of those chartered accountants who held several different positions before choosing a career, and these experiences have given him expert knowledge of a variety of sectors including building and public works, hospitality, transport, and tobacco retail.
So is he non-specialised or an expert in several areas? Choose your own label. One thing is certain, Olivier Gaudin speaks fluent Italian and English and consequently collaborates with a number of foreign subsidiaries.
Having worked as a barman, sandwich hand, and accountant in a building and public works company, he gathered valuable hands-on experience in Northern England where we Frenchies are called froggies (because we eat frogs) - except when we're winning in rugby.
His favourite saying: the key is not to succeed in life but to succeed at life! At 43, Olivier Gaudin is a chartered accountant, a statutory auditor and a proud father. He must surely know the secret to happiness.
What if it were that little-known corner of paradise in Northern Italy: Liguria or Piedmont? Cinque Terre or Alba? We’ll never tell!