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Biography of Patrick Martin
Patrick Martin has been the President of Medef since 6 July 2023. He is elected for 5 years.
Born in March 1960, married and father of three children, Patrick Martin grew up in Bourg-en-Bresse, near Lyon. After graduating with a law degree from the University of Panthéon-Assas, Sciences-Po Paris and Essec, he did his national service in the helicopter infantry.
Subsequently, he joined Crédit National (now Natixis) before joining the family-owned medium-sized company, Martin Belaysoud Expansion (founded in 1829) in 1987 – specialising in industrial distribution and construction.
Martin Belaysoud Expansion is today one of the leaders in the professional distribution of technical finishing equipment for the construction industry, industrial supplies and steel, and in the design, construction and maintenance of equipment for the oil, gas and aeronautics industries. At the crossroads of many professions (trade, services, construction, industry, etc.), Martin Belaysoud Expansion has modernised tremendously in recent years: training, digitalisation, reduction of its carbon footprint, etc. in order to respond to the challenges and evolution of society. As the head of an interprofessional and international company, Patrick Martin is in daily contact with all the players and territories. In five years, Martin Belaysoud Expansion's turnover has doubled to exceed one billion euros in 2023.
In 2021, Patrick Martin was named Knight of the Legion of Honour as Chairman of a distribution group for the building and industrial sectors, Deputy Chairman of Medef, and 38 years of service.
A practitioner of high mountain sports, Patrick Martin learned the virtues of endurance, resistance and solidarity in the rope team to reach the summit. This also applies to rugby, his other sporting activity where the demanding respect of the opponent and collective commitment are cardinal values.
An employer activist who has always been convinced of the beneficial role of the company in our territories and for the country, Patrick Martin has exercised this militancy at all levels of responsibility: within the National Federation, as President of the Medef de l'Ain (2003 – 2007), President of the Medef Rhône-Alpes (2006 – 2011), President of the Medef Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (2016 – 2018), then as Deputy President of Medef since July 2018. He is also a member of the CCIT of Ain and of the CCIR AURA, Foreign Trade Advisor