What do you do?

Question: Beyond a simple title, how would you describe what you do for a living?

Philippe Cayla: In fact, I started my career as a … I was _____ an engineer … in the French school … Maybe you know this name, this acronym. And I've been ______ for 10 years in various ministries serving various ministers, the last one being Foreign Economic Affairs. And after that I joined the industry for 25 years and …for 15 years, excuse me. Fifteen years in the space industry with a company named Matra Space, which is now part of EADS, a group which is producing the airbus you certainly know. And also with … which is a European satellite operator competing with Pan Am South in … And in the year 2000, I came to … I came out to the television industry. I became International Director of France TV, which is a French national broadcaster. And in 2003, I was supposed to be Chairman of … . That's the story. But in Euro News, I would say only the Chairman and the CEO. I'm not … which are … which is very independent, and are very proud of what they're doing.  So I'm the guy in charge of finance, development, searching money, and assuring the betterment of everybody.

Philippe Cayla of EuroNews describes himself as an engineer who found his footing in the media.

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