At work with Alexandre Rispal

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14 October 2019

With an extensive background in insurance and fintech, Alexandre Rispal brings a wealth of experience to his new position as Chief Revenue Officer at La Parisienne Assurances. He spoke with Efma’s Boris Plantier about his work, what makes a successful team, and how failures are simply part of an entrepreneur’s journey.

Please tell us a little bit about your background.

I come from the insurance industry with a mix of customer-centric experiences and entrepreneurial background. After launching Pay How you Drive Apps, I launched and led an Insurtech startup before joining La Parisienne.

What does your workplace look like?

Incredible offices in a vibrant location at the heart of Paris. La Parisienne’s workplace is an incredible workplace environment, you can feel the energy everywhere. There are around 100 people at the office. Everyone is very committed, connected and shares a common goal: to make La Parisienne grow fast!

Could you describe your usual working day?

Apart from working on projects through our fully digital Bespoke method (a sort of selfcare intranet site where our partners find all the information and documents enabling them to build their product with us), I spend a lot time meeting partners and working with them to enable them to build innovative solutions for their customers.

What is your favorite food?

Nothing original, a good salad does the job.

What do you do when you need a break from work?

Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy doing a lot of sports and writing books! I wrote Insurance Marketing published by Argus de l'Assurance and also make regular contributions at Forbes France.

How do you build a successful team?

It is an alchemy of profiles. When I build a team I am looking for smart people full of energy and on a mission. I also look for people put the team and the interests of the company first.

There is a saying that we learn more from failure than success. Tell me about one of your failures and what you have learned from it.

Well, when you launch new ventures, products, or businesses, you make a lot of mistakes. Failure is part of the entrepreneur’s journey! Honestly, as an entrepreneur, the list of failures would be too long. The idea is to progress each time you fail. And I like to think that I have done that throughout my career.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to succeed in financial services?

It is a great area that is full of innovation. And specially in the insurance market that is still in the early days of its transformation (companies and consumers). Forget the past and like Steve Jobs said: think different.

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Keywords : Workforce management

Geography : France