Bertrand Girin began his impressive professional career in Shanghai after studying Chinese, which he still uses at every opportunity. He was employed by the Air Liquide Group as junior head of acquisitions and Bertrand was an influential part of their business activities in China.
Bertrand Girin stayed with the Air Liquide Group, a front runner in gas as well as in technology and services for industry and health, for many years. He was involved in the marketing campaign for Floxal, an innovative ophthalmologic treatment. It was developed by the Group, and launched in 1995. It made €150 Million. Mr Girin acted as head of Asian operations to start with, but was so successful he was promoted to Global Director in 1997.
In 1999, Bertrand Girin was the driving force behind the creation of Air Liquide Ventures, a venture capital fund to the tune of €40 Million. In reflection of his fundamental role in its launch, he was named a Managing partner. Air Liquide Ventures offers investments to European technological start-ups, in countries like France, Belgium, Holland and Sweden. As Mr Girin is an AMF certified venture capital fund manager, he excelled in this role. He also joined the Board of Directors for the important companies Asterop, Capsule Technologies, Clair International AB and Terra Nova Technology.
Always onto a new and exciting project, Bertrand founded Alwaystry, a consulting firm handling fundraising between Europe and China. Alwaystry provides the necessary venture capital expertise and knowledge of China for the budding entrepreneurs it serves.
A big name in the pharmaceutical industry, Bertrand Girin invented the canker sore treatment AftaZen. Wanting to control how it was marketed, he founded the PreviZen laboratories in 2010, and continues in his role as its President. AftaZen is today found in around 20 countries.
Bertrand is also President of Reputation VIP, which he co-founded with Nicolas Nguyen and others. The company, created in 2012, helps companies, individuals and managers to have some control over what appears about them on the internet. The company boasts a competent and experienced team of professionals.
Mr Girin frequently appears in the media talking about Online Reputation and Innovation. Bertrand can also be found regularly lecturing at conferences, for example during the Social Media Week, le Colloque International de l’e-réputation, ISEE, Ionis to name a few.