Abstract: The Schneider Network during the Presidency of Charles Schneider, 1942-1960

Catherine Vuillermot


Charles Schneider began his career working for the Gaumont Film Company. In his forties, when he took over Schneider and Co., he inherited a multinational group formed over several decades. At Charles' death, his life's work was summed up by the following phrase: "produce, rationalize, export." He was a true organizer, influenced by the American model, constantly rationalizing and restructuring. In 1949, Schneider and Co. became a holding company controlling most of the new company's securities. In order to avoid having the state as his only customer, and to successfully compete with CECA (European Coal and Steel Community), Schneider chose to reinforce his efforts to establish business abroad. He glided gently into his new role, which presented him with an established human network. He adapted the group to its time using the human and financial networks his father created. He kept the family bank and the family shareholding. Networks, at least for Charles Schneider, proved to provide a stable environment.

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