Jean Paul Gut was born in 1961 and went on to study Economics at the Institut d ‘Etudes Politiques de Paris, France. After graduating he went on to join the Matra Defense in 1983, a company which is part of the Matra Group. He became its Vice President in charge of international exports for five years.
Later on in 1988 Jean Paul Gut shifted to the marketing and sales sector and as a result became the Executive Director for the same Matra Defense. Two years later he served as the Executive Vice President of the International Operations surrounding the Matra Defense Espace. A position that later saw him advance to Executive Vice President of seniority level for Matra’s holding company, the Lagardere Group. This was in 1993. He also acted as the chief adviser for the then president of the Lagardere group, consulting on international matters and operations.
Three years later he shifted to Matra BAE Dynamics retaining the same level of seniority.
He was also the chairman of Aerospatiale Matra Lagardere International, a company that came into being as a result of the merge between Matra Defense and Aerospatiale in 2000. He was also tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the defense and the space transportation of Aerospatiale Matra, one of the companies founded by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, EADS.
The formation of the EADS also gave him an opportunity to branch out in overseas operations by becoming a member of the executive management committee of EADS Company South Africa Limited. He also served as Director of Dassault Aviation SA on May 11, 2005.
He was also the Executive Director of EADS international before resigning in 2007 to go on and start his own investment company in London.
The company of course consults in areas of private equity, asset finance and real estate at international level with Jean Paul Gut being the most influential person in its success so far.