Sébastien Couturier joined Groupe ADP (Aéroports de Paris), having graduated in economics from the Sorbonne and having received an Master Degree in air transport from the Institut du Transport Aérien in Aix-en-Provence. Since then he has held positions of increasing responsibility in operational management, construction engineering, security, and airport risk management. For the past three years he has headed the innovation department, a multidisciplinary entity reporting directly to the deputy CEO.
In early 2017, Groupe ADP launched a new innovation program "Innovation Hub" to support start-up's growth and new business, the initiative relies on three pillars: Open, Connect, Invest and includes a corporate venture arm.
More recently Sébastien Couturier initiated the "Play your Airport" challenge, a worldwide open innovation competition with the theme "imagining tomorrow's airport". He is also developing a network of places dedicated to promote innovation in an airport environment.