Lepoutre is an agronomist and obtained an MBA later in his career. He started in remote sensing at NFAP, a joint NASA–USDA/FS program, in Houston in the early 1980s. He then worked in the IT department of the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food, developing software to advise farmers on when and how to apply chemicals. In 1983 he started and managed the Remote Sensing and GIS lab of the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food, in CEMAGREF (now IRSTEA). Lepoutre then founded GEOSYS in 1987, a remote sensing company to better serve farmers and international agribusinesses. Lepoutre developed his company internationally with offices in the U.S., France, Switzerland, Brazil and Australia. He continued to develop the company after he sold it to Land O’Lakes in 2013, until early 2019.
Lepoutre engages in discussions with numerous organizations as he envisions what changes will support the future of agriculture. He has proved successful in turning an ag tech startup into a mature international company, has developed strong knowledge and expertise in digital ag technologies and the market, and serves as a good link between R&D, information technology and agriculture development and management.