March 9th : First French-American Business Forum of New England

C-level Executives Discuss Success Factors and Share Best Practices at the First French-American Business Forum of New England on March 9, 2011

The French-American Chamber of Commerce of New England (FACCNE), in collaboration with the Consulate General of France in Boston, is proud to present the First French-American Business Forum in New England on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, MA.

C-level executives from French companies in New England will address critical factors of success and challenges specific to French-American business. Speakers in the life sciences, IT, and energy sectors as well as other industries, will address innovation and discuss how to manage US subsidiaries and leverage cutting-edge products, financial and human resources to achieve sustainable growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

The forum will include a mini trade show during the panel discussions, and will feature valuable networking opportunities at the closing cocktail reception.

Forum Details: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

- 12:00 - 2:00 PM : Business Luncheon at the University of Massachusetts Club
Keynote address by Stewart A. Wood, President & CEO of Veolia Energy North America

- 2:30 - 5:30 PM : Panel Discussions at Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP
Introduction by Jean-François Boittin, Minister Counselor, Economic and Commercial Affairs, Embassy of France in Washington, DC.

Panel #1 (3:00 – 4:00 PM) –Opportunities and Challenges to Business Development in New England moderated by Steven Eichel, Partner, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Confirmed speakers include:

. John Piret, Managing Director, Newbury Piret & Co.
. JoAnn Morelli, North America HR Zone Director, Essilor
. Stephan Dietrich, Co-founder and President, Neolane, Inc.
Coffee Break (4:00 – 4:30 PM)

Panel #2 (4:30 – 5:30 PM) – French Excellence in Innovation moderated by Perry Newman, President & Founder, Atlantica Group

Confirmed speakers include:

. Jerome Lamonin, Manager, Sourcing & Supplier Development, Stonyfield Farm, Inc.
. Chris Hote, CEO, Digimind, Inc.
. Rakesh Kapoor, Director, Saint-Gobain Northboro-Worcester R&D Center

- 6:00 - 8:00 PM: Closing Cocktail Reception at Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP
Keynote address by Al Bunshaft, Managing Director, Dassault Systèmes North America on Building a Global Presence in New England


About the FACCNE

The French-American Chamber of Commerce, New England Chapter (FACCNE) is a non-profit, independent, member-driven organization dedicated to fostering strong transatlantic business and professional relationships. It currently has more than 250 corporate and individual members in the region.

Since 1985, the FACCNE has been the principal forum in New England for French and American business leaders to interact. It allows them to meet, discuss common interests and exchange ideas. It helps to promote and to connect businesses and individuals through industry-specific seminars, keynote speaker presentations and networking events.

For more information on our programs and services, please visit

For additional information:

Ludivine Sanchez-Wolczik
Executive Director, FACCNE
(617) 520-2121

Nathalie Bastin
Press and Public Affairs Attachée
Consulate General of France in Boston
617 832 4416


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