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OPEO has officially launched its first international subsidiary in Lausanne


16 April 2024

French industrial performance specialist OPEO has celebrated the launch of its first international subsidiary at EPFL’s SwissTech Convention Center. David Fernandez, Managing Director and Partner of OPEO, and Norman Pardanaud, Swiss Office Director, on the occasion of OPEO’s official launch event of the company’s first international subsidiary in Lausanne.

French industrial performance specialist OPEO has celebrated the launch of its first international subsidiary at EPFL’s SwissTech Convention Center.

OPEO, a leader in industrial transformation consultancy based in France, has officially inaugurated its first international subsidiary in Lausanne, marking a significant expansion outside its home country. This strategic move is part of OPEO’s commitment to supporting the digital transformation and process evolution of industries towards more competitive, sustainable, and resilient operations.

Founded in 2012, OPEO has been actively involved with Swiss companies for nearly a decade, aiding in their transformation journeys. “Since 2012, we have supported numerous Swiss companies of all sizes in their transformations. We share the same culture of excellence. It was time for us to take the plunge and establish a local presence to continue assisting our longstanding clients and offer our expertise to new enterprises,” stated David Fernandez, Managing Director and Partner of OPEO.

The new Vaud-based subsidiary, strategically situated in the heart of Europe’s vibrant industrial landscape, aims to deepen existing client relationships while expanding its reach to new sectors including watchmaking, pharmaceuticals, and food industries. “We’ve had clients in French-speaking Switzerland since OPEO was founded, practically since always, and today we want to anchor this relationship and partnership with this new presence in Switzerland,” Fernandez added.

The launch event held at the SwissTech Convention Center was a celebration of OPEO’s enduring commitment to the Swiss market, attended by clients, partners, and cantonal authorities. Isabelle Moret, State Councillor and Head of the Department of Economy, Innovation, Employment and Heritage (DEIEP) of the Canton of Vaud, emphasized the importance of companies like OPEO to the local economy. “A player like OPEO contributes to the ecosystem of our economy because our industries need partners, notably like OPEO, to support them in their digital transformation and the evolution of their processes towards an industry that is competitive, sustainable, and resilient,” Moret noted.

With the establishment of the Lausanne subsidiary, OPEO not only consolidates its service offerings in the region but also sets the stage for further expansion into the Swiss-German market. According to Norman Pardanaud, Director for the Swiss subsidiary, which started with five employees, the goal is to increase the number of employees to 15-20 by the end of the year, reflecting OPEO’s growth ambitions and commitment to the region’s industrial sector.

GGBa and Innovaud have accompanied this expansion, reinforcing the collaborative efforts to make OPEO’s international venture successful in the region.