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PAST EVENT:   3/5/2020

The 30th Annual Fête:  Roaring into the Twenties


2020 Global Leadership Award Dinner

Meet Our Guest of Honor and
2020 Global Leadership Award Recipient
Photo Credit: Jean Chrisano, Saint-Gobain
Pierre-André de Chalendar
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Saint-Gobain Group

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

7:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Merci Infiniment to Our Hotel Host

210 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Wayne Gustafson & Chrissie Loftus


La Fête Featured

International Executive Networking Reception
2020 Global Leadership Award Presentation
Remarks by Our Honoree
French-inspired Dinner with French Wine Pairings

More Networking over French Cheese & Dessert Buffet 
Business Card Drawing for Prizes

Prize for Most Inspired Roaring 20's Attire
Live Music with the Untouchables


Jonathan A. Grode, Esq.
French-American Chamber of Commerce

Presentation of the

2020 Global Leadership Award to
Pierre-André de Chalendar
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Saint-Gobain Group

Remarks by Mr. de Chalendar


Michael E. Scullin, Esq.

Honorary Consul of France
in Philadelphia & Wilmington


François Penguilly

Consul General of France
Washington, DC


Joseph Burke

Deputy Secretary, International Business
Pennsylvania Department of

Community and Economic Development

Business Card Drawing for Prizes

Jeremy Heep, Esq., FACC Vice President

 Matthew Adams, FACC Chair Programs 

Boiron Stay Healthy Basket:  Marine Havel

Barry Callebaut USA Gourmet Chocolate:  Leah Katz

Boutique Wine Collection Fête Basket of Cheer:  Ron Drozd 

Prize for Most Inspired Roaring Twenties Attire!

Ky Flamini, Natalie Delfosse, Carla Hartman

Le Menu

7:00 PM  International Executive Networking Reception

Boutique Wine Collection

Bonnaire Brut “Tradition” NV

Hermann Moser Sparkling Rosé “Rosi Mosi” NV 

Albert Ponnelle Rully “Les Saint Jacques” 2014
Domaine Saint Patrice Côtes-du-Rhône 2015

Mixed Drinks, Beer, Soft Drinks

Hors d’œuvres

Escargot Croquette

Beef Tartare, Sesame Cone 

Blue Cheese Mousse, Fig, Balsamic

Rittenhouse Cheese Selection & French Baguette
Baked Brie, Beemster Cheddar, Truffle Pecorino


8:00 PM  Dinner 

First Course

Salad of Roasted Sunchoke, Orange Segment
Arugula, Spiced Almond with Champagne Vinaigrette

Assorted Rolls & Butter

Wine Pairing
Domaine Petit Métris Savennières “Les Fougeraies” 2011

Main Course 

Filet of Beef with Caramelized Shallot Butter, Wild Mushroom 

Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Horseradish Jus

Sesame Glazed Eggplant, Baby Kale, Tahini Drizzle

Or Vegan Option

Wine Pairing

Domaine J. Denuzière St. Joseph 2017


10:00 PM  French Cheese & Dessert Buffet

Savencia French Cheese Selection & French Baguette
Etorki: Semi-hard Sheep Cheese from the Basque Region
Saint Albray: Flower-shaped Soft Cheese from the Aquitaine Region
Saint Agur: Creamy Rich Blue Cheese from the Auvergne Region

LaCroix Petits Desserts

La Colombe Coffee, Decaffeinated, Selection of ''Tea Leaves''

10:30 PM La Fête Concludes

Merci Infiniment to Our Supporters

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Meet Our Guest of Honor and
2020 Global Leadership Award Recipient
Pierre-André de Chalendar
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Saint-Gobain Group

Pierre-André de Chalendar is a graduate of ESSEC Business School and a former student of the École Nationale d'Administration. A former civil servant (Inspecteur des Finances), he served as deputy to the Director General for Energy and Raw Materials within the French Ministry of Industry.

Mr. de Chalendar joined Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in 1989 as Vice-President, Corporate Planning. He was subsequently Vice-President of the Abrasives business in Europe (1992-1996), President of the Abrasives business worldwide (1996-2000) and General Delegate for the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (2000-2002) before being appointed Senior Vice-President of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in charge of the Building Distribution Sector in 2003.

Appointed Chief Operating Officer of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in 2005 and elected to the Board in 2006, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2007 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2010.

Mr. de Chalendar is also a director of BNP Paribas. He is Vice-President of Entreprises pour l’Environnement, which he chaired from 2012 to 2015.

Mr. de Chalendar has been appointed since July 2017 as co-president of La Fabrique de l'industrie and Chairman of ESSEC's Supervisory Board since February 2019.

About Saint-Gobain
Photo Credit: Jean Chrisano, Saint-Gobain

Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.


Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, one of the top 100 industrial companies in the world, is a leading manufacturer of flat glass, glass packaging, construction products (insulation, gypsum products, exterior building products, and piping) and high-performance materials (abrasives, industrial ceramics, high-performance plastics, and reinforcements). The company is also a leading distributor of building materials in Europe.  Saint-Gobain employs around 180,000 people in 68 countries throughout the world. Its worldwide sales approximate $45 billion. Compagnie de Saint-Gobain is headquartered in Courbevoie, France, near Paris.  For more information, visit


Saint-Gobain Corporation, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, is the holding company for the U.S.- and Canadian-based businesses of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain.  In North America, Saint-Gobain has approximately 160 locations and more than 15,500 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $6.5 billion in 2018. To learn more, visit

Previous Honorees

2019        Nicholas Siciliano, Ph.D., CEO, & Benjamin Pascal, MBA, CBO, Co-Founders, Invisible Sentinel, A bioMérieux Company

2018        Heiner Markhoff, Chief Executive Officer, SUEZ - Water Technologies & Solutions

2017        Jérôme Wallut, President, Alstom North America

2016        Hervé Hoppenot, President and Chief Executive Officer, Incyte Corporation

2015        Arnaud Vaissié, Co-founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, International SOS; Chair, CCI France International

2014        Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Legend & Humanitarian

2013        Tom Connelly, Chief Innovation Officer, DuPont

2012        Pierre Brondeau, President, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board, FMC Corporation

2011         Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Rhodia S.A. (now Solvay)

2010        Frank Baldino, Jr., Ph.D., Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Cephalon Inc. (now  Teva)

2009       Raj L. Gupta, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Rohm & Haas Company (now Dow Advanced Materials)

2008       Pierre Dufour, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Air Liquide; Sr. Exec. VP & Director, Air Liquide SA

2007       Jean-François Phelizon, President & Chief Executive Officer, Saint-Gobain Corp.; SVP, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

2006       Stephen K. Green, Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc

2005       Jean-François Dehecq, Chairman & CEO, Sanofi-Aventis Group

2004       Bernard Poussot, President, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now Pfizer)

2003       His Excellency Jean-David Levitte, Ambassador of France to the United States

2002       Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Chairman and CEO, SNCF International

2001        Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

2000       Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown, Architects & City Planners

1999        Anne d’Harnoncourt, CEO, & Joseph Rishel, Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art/Rodin Museum
1998        Bruno Bonduelle, Chair & CEO, Groupe Bonduelle; President, Lille/Nord-Pas de Calais Development
1997        Jean-Pierre Garnier, President & COO, SmithKlineBeecham (now GSK)
1996        Jean-Daniel Tordjman, Ambassador at Large for Int’l. Investment, Invest in France Mission
1995        Pierre Salinger, Consultant, Author, Journalist; Press Secretary to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson

1994        Serge Bellanger, President, FACC National & NY Chapter; EVP & General Manager, CIC, NY

1993        Madame Georges Pompidou, First Lady of France; Champion of the Elderly & Handicapped
1992        Jean-Daniel Tordjman, Minister Economic & Commercial Affairs, Embassy of France, Washington, DC
1991         His Excellency Jacques Andréani, Ambassador of France to the United States

1990        Bernard D. Azoulay, Chief Operating Officer, Elf Atochem North America, Inc. (now Arkema)

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