The French Chamber in Hong Kong announces the election of a new President

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the French Chamber in Hong Kong took place across a hybrid virtual and in-person format this morning, followed by the first Council meeting of the new business year where Pierre-Eric Saint-André was elected as the Chamber’s new President.

Saint-André is the Chairman of Dragages Hong Kong and the CEO APAC of Bouygues Batiment International. He takes over the role from Rebecca Silli who stepped down after the final fourth year of her mandate. She joins much-esteemed company as the Chamber’s latest Honorary President.

 

 

“I have been extremely honoured to chair the French Chamber in Hong Kong and to have worked with a fantastic ‘dream team’ comprised of the Chamber’s permanent staff, the Council and the Executive Committee,” said Silli.

“I would like to thank Rebecca for her countless efforts over the last four years and her remarkable achievements. I am also grateful to all the French Chamber Councillors who elected me and know that I will humbly serve all of them to connect, promote and advocate our friendly, innovative, and creative community,” said Saint-André.

 

New Councillors take up their roles

 

The AGM is also the moment that Councillors – both existing and new applicants – are elected to the Chamber’s Council (a body of 40 members who govern the Chamber to approve long-term strategies, business plans, and the annual budget).

Congratulations to Claire Balay (Marketing Manager – acting as General Manager, Club Mediterranee (Club Med) Hong Kong Ltd), Yvan Corno (Director, Oqido Ltd.), Anne de Roulhac (Fidinam (Hong Kong) Limited),  Pascale Dutronc (Manager & Founder, Asia Business Consulting), Alain Le Couédic (Head of Financial Services Practice, Greater China  / Co-Head, Financial Services Asia, Roland Berger), Bruno Le Saint (Chief Executive Officer, Corporate & Investment Banking, Asia Pacific, Natixis), Gaëlle Olivier (CEO Asia Pacific, Societe Generale), and Francois Suquet (Group VP – Human Resources, STMICROELECTRONICS Limited), for joining the Council.

Our congratulations also go to all the Councillors who successfully renewed their mandates.

 

 

A chat with our new President

 

Upon being elected as the President of the French Chamber in Hong Kong, we sat down with Pierre-Eric Saint-André to gather his thoughts on this important occasion.

 

FCCIHK: Congratulations Pierre-Eric. You must be glad to take on this exciting role.

 

Pierre-Eric Saint-André: Thank you. But let me first thank Rebecca Silli for her countless efforts over the last four years and her remarkable achievements. I am also grateful to all the French Chamber Councillors who elected me and know that I will humbly serve all of them to connect, promote and advocate for our friendly, innovative, and creative community. It's a great challenge as well to take on the role during such trying times. However, a crisis is always an opportunity to learn, to transform, to question oneself and to accept this questioning to become better. Finally, I am glad to rely on brilliant and committed Executive Committee members.

 

FCCIHK: What is the role of the French Chamber during this period in your view?

 

PESA: Thanks to the great job made by Sophie Leconte (Executive Director) and her talented team, the French Chamber is today a very professional and recognised organisation. It has significantly enhanced its offer of services to our business community. We need to keep the momentum, continue to adapt our services and constantly look for new and innovative initiatives. The COVID-19 pandemic is an accelerator of long-term trends that we have already seen over the last decade in digitalisation, urbanisation, climate change and global trade. Let’s make the best of these changes for our community to make a positive impact in Hong Kong.

 

FCCIHK: What is your vision for the Chamber in the coming years?

 

PESA: The vision is coming directly from our international business community and the dynamism of its various Committees working together, sharing innovation, mentoring and growing their various businesses. We are lucky to have more than 800 members which represent an outstanding treasure for commerce, economic development and business relationships. The French Chamber in Hong Kong is a platform to access shared professional services, to foster and enhance the actions of our members, to echo their successes and opportunities, and to interconnect more widely through the international French Chamber network across the region and the world.