Who are we ?
In spite of her Mediterranean appearance, Katia has French and Danish ancestry. Katia has lived in Copenhagen, Paris and Oxford, and has traveled extensively, integrating with the local community in places, including Germany, Peru, India and Sri Lanka. With her experience and background, she brings to the foreign and French expatriate members of ExpatSymphonie, a service combining the French art de vivre (art of living) and the Danish hygge (enjoyment), for a vibrant personal experience.
Katia speaks French, English, German, Danish and some Italian
20 years in international business environment, 10 years at BanqueTransatlantique, serving Scandinavian and Italian companies, then managing national and international payment systems teams, and 10 years at Fininfo-SIX, serving national and international customers, then guaranteeing, for one of the strategic customers, the consistency of the 4 SIX Group offers, regardless of the country or the customer entity
Laurent, a pur French native, is also well-travelled across a wide variety of cultures. He has visited India, Nepal, China, Peru ..... He is a model for ExpatSymphonie, who relishes a challenge: he crossed France on rollers skates from Dunkerque to Perpignan, and also half of the United States from East to West from Boston to Illinois, went around the Annapurna and across the Corsican Mountains. One of his values is based on a quotation from Antoine de Saint-Exupery: "If you differ from me, my brother, far from hurting me, you enrich me".
Laurent speaks French and English
Serving HR professionals for almost 20 years, Laurent offers solutions to recruit on the Internet: sourcing more qualified candidates, improving candidates’ experience, measuring added value, reducing costs.
After positions with commercial responsibilities in different structures (firm and recruitment site on the Internet, HR communication agency), Laurent created the consulting company Compagnons de Cordée.
Given our life experiences, and after having exchanged ideas with companies, and listened to foreign and French expatriates, it seemed obvious that a holistic service which includes a cultural and human aspect, could bring real added-value to this market with such specific needs and expectations.
This is how we came up with the idea of founding ExpatSymphonie, a place of exchange, listening to each other in a convivial environment, so that Paris could be a fulfilling life experience.
We are looking forward to meeting you soon
Katia & Laurent
Are you involved in international relocation to Paris ?
Are you thinking of hiring an expatriate in Paris ?
Feel free to contact us today, we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements.