Jean-Christophe Simon
Jean-Christophe Simon
Chairman of the Board at Aryballe Technologies - Independent Board Member, Investor & Senior Advisor Deep Tech
Lyon Area, France

  • Focus: Contributions are valued by peers
  • Accountability: Thoroughly contributes in all areas
  • Sense of Urgency: Consistently responds in a timely fashion
  • Team: Frequently supports and responds to peers

Awards earned:





Level: LEVEL 02

12 month points: 38 ptsView details

Total points: 170 pts

Innovation Management 5
consumer-centric thinking
Consumer Insight
Technology Management
Start-up Ventures
Multi-Cultural Team Leadership
Deep Technologies
Consumer Products


I am available for senior advisor missions at Venture Capital companies and independent Director positions at start-up Boards.
Result-oriented and agile strategy thinker, expert in innovation for consumer products.
Large and multi-sector international experience (France, Japan, Germany - L'Oréal, Essilor, Groupe SEB, Kao, Nikon, Army Labs).
Leader with high creative and entrepreneurial mindset.
Strong management skills for international, multi-expertise and world-class Innovation, Digital and R&D teams.


Senior Vice President Innovation and Research, Chief Innovation Officer

Groupe SEB

February 2010 - September 2017


Nikon and Essilor International Joint Research Center

June 2008 - January 2010

Senior Manager

Kao Corporation

December 2002 - May 2008

Lab Manager


July 1997 - November 2002

Research Engineer

French Atomic Energy Commission

September 1994 - July 1997


French Ministry of Defence

September 1991 - August 1994

Directeur de la Recherche Groupe

Groupe SEB

November 2015 - Present

Direction de la Recherche et l’Innovation au niveau du Groupe

Chief Innovation Officer & Senior Vice-President Group Research

Groupe SEB

February 2010 - Present

New position at Group Management Board aimed at fostering innovation
Management of Corporate Innovation teams
Creation of front-end concepts with key technologies : digital, nutrition, motors, batteries, etc
Development of international collaborations and partnerships
Heading Research and Innovation at Group level : strategy, budget, roadmap, process, open innovation, intellectual property, projects portfolio, front-end innovation, external communication
Transformation of Global Research into a world-class organization with consumer-centric approach
Optimization of projects portfolio and resource allocation on high business impact products
Member of Investment Committee of Group Corporate Venture (early-stage start-ups)
Position left recently

Chairman of the Board

Aryballe Technologies

March 2018 - Present

Chairman of the Board

Aryballe Technologies

March 2018 - Present