Marc Attal

Occupation: Director of Professional Services & Product Management, Atronic Systems.

First Car: 2 CV (2 Chevaux from Citroën)

Favorite Restaurant: Ze Kitchen (Paris)

What are three things most people don't know about you?

a). I have started to learn piano one year ago
b). I am a fan of mythology
c). I read a lot, around two books per week

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

The birth of my kids.

What's your best childhood memory?

Week-ends at the beach with my family enjoying sun, fun and a simple and fresh lunch.(I am living in Nice on the Riviera).

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

I would like to have a conversation with Moses and try to understand why I am here, where am I going ....

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Joker

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Cooking!!! I take recipes from the most difficult french cooks (my favorite being Alain Ducasse) and I try to recreate them as close to the original version as possible. It usually takes me a day to prepare dinner, but usually the guests thoroughly enjoy it.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

I am currently reading the famous book of Stieg Laarson, Millenium, and a Chinese writer Chi Li.

My favorite book, or I would say my favorite writer is so far a french writer call Philippe Claudel. I can’t say that I have any specific favorites in all his catalogue, but the ones I’ve enjoyed the most were:

   1. “Les ames grises”
   2. “La petite fille de Monsieur Linh”
   3. “Eldorado”and
   4. “La mort du Roi Tsongor”

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

I’d like to see the pyramids in Egypt and discover Asia, which I plan to do in June.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

I would give the money to a foundation that takes care of educating children in countries that don’t have the means to afford it. I believe that this is the key to progress and a brighter future. The effects are not immediate but you can see the consequence, of countries that have neglected this. Little by little they have sunk.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

I’d be an Architect or a Doctor.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

Chance.

I started at an Engineering school in France and then graduated with an MBA in Finance and risk management. One company in Paris paid my tuition and offered me a job at the end of my schooling. They were developing software for the banking industry and that’s where I got started.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

The customer is at the heart of your job. Be curious, think industrial, but stay practical.