Sébastien Fraisse, the new publisher of Riviera Press, introduces himself
Sébastien Fraisse, you are the new publisher of Riviera RT Magazine and our sister publications Riviera Das Magazin and The Best Of the Riviera. What made you decide to invest in these media?
I’ve appreciated the work of Petra Hall and her team for several years. Petra Hall has created something wonderful with the magazines. Now my company, DataCorp had the opportunity to sustainably secure the future of these very high-quality magazines.
You are very successful in the IT sector with your companies. Will the print editions continue to exist?
Although I have been working in the IT field, I love paper publications and therefore the magazines will continue to appear in print. But the time is long overdue for these publications to be developed professionally in the digital realm too. The media industry on the Côte d'Azur, and also around the world, has no other choice than to move with the times.
What exactly are you doing?
We are just about to redesign the respective websites. We are also working on apps, so soon everyone will be able to access information researched by our native-speaking journalists on their mobile phones. I want to offer our readers the same service as major media outlets. But as I said, the printed magazines should not be neglected! On the contrary: my desire is to increase the number of pages and hence, develop the product.
Lately, there have been some problems with deliveries...
We are changing the dates of delivery, and are now working with a distribution company in northern France. It will probably still take a little while, but I am very confident that this problem will soon be solved. Of course, we still depend on the French and foreign postal service.
You are now the head of three companies with 45 employees. Do you still have time for your personal life?
I have a firm principle: From Monday to Friday, I work very hard – I put in a 200% effort. The weekend belongs to my wife and our three children. Then I also participate in sports, such as triathlons, and in the winter, snowboarding and skiing. In addition, I devour every publication that deals with my industry, and academia.
What are your philosophies in life?
Performance, innovation, striving for perfection, originality: These are some of my principles. In addition, mutual respect in my private and professional life is more important for me than anything material: I’m very concerned about human ethics. I asked my wife to reprimand me if I don’t stick to these principles! In any relationship, whether it’s my family or professional, I give everything. But also, I’m going to admit this: If someone betrays me, I don’t give second chances. My biggest wish is to be happy and healthy. And fortunately I am so far.
Sébastien Fraisse was born in Strasbourg in 1977. At the age of four years old his family moved to the Côte d'Azur. He is married and has three children.
Fraisse’s professional career began in the commercial sector in one of the largest enterprise resource planning companies in France. As director for the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, he was instrumental in the development of the group and so perfected his knowledge in the field of profit centre management and new technologies.
In 2011, Fraisse founded his own company under the name Data Corp, with headquarters in the technology park near Antibes, Sophia-Antipolis. Along with its Asteria branch in Monaco, Data Corp delivers customized IT solutions to companies of all sizes, as well as consultations on all aspects of business management and high-tech services such as cloud computing.
In 2015 Fraisse founded the company, Riviera Press, based in Villeneuve-Loubet, and since 1 August has been publisher of Riviera RT Magazine (formerly The Riviera Times), Riviera Das Magazine (formerly Riviera Zeitung)and The Best Of The Riviera.