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25th Annual Fête & 2015 Global Leadership Award

Click Here for Photos of the 6/17/15 25th Annual Fete

The Philadelphia Chapter of 

The French-American Chamber of Commerce

proudly presented

The 25th Annual Fête
Presentation of the










Arnaud Vaissié
Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


The world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company


Thursday, July 16th, 2015
7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

6:30 PM Private VIP Reception – A Benefit of Sponsorship



Hosted by:






Sheraton Society Hill Hotel
One Dock Street near 2nd & Walnut
Philadelphia, PA  19106


Guests Brought Business Cards for Networking & a Prize Drawing!
Live Music was Performed by Natural Selection

Merci to Our Sponsors

















Meet Our Guest of Honor

Arnaud Vaissié
Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
International SOS

Arnaud Vaissié is Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company. After graduating from the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris, Arnaud Vaissié began his business career as a Financial Executive in France, and then moved to San Francisco as Head of Compass Inc for America. In 1985, alongside Dr. Pascal Rey-Herme, Arnaud Vaissié founded International SOS in Singapore. Due to its path-breaking work, International SOS has achieved fast and consistent growth, expanding first throughout Asia, in the United States and finally in Europe.


Present in 92 countries, the group currently operates with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,400 doctors and 200 security specialists. For the past 30 years, International SOS has provided global services that include assessing medical and security risks, advising on preventative programmes with in-country expertise and assisting with emergency response for travellers, expatriates and their dependents. International SOS has over 10,000 corporate clients, including 61% of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as Governments and NGOs. Arnaud Vaissié chairs CCI France International which is the Union of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry Abroad which brings together 112 French Chambers in 82 countries.


He co-founded the Cercle d’outre-Manche (CoM), a think tank gathering key French leaders of international groups operating in the United Kingdom. Its purpose is to look at competitive issues in both countries and to highlight their very best practices.

Board member of the Institut Montaigne, Arnaud Vaissié chaired a working group on French start-ups and business development (“From birth to growth, how to help our SMEs”, Institut Montaigne, July 2011).


Arnaud Vaissié chairs the France-Singapore committee at MEDEF International, the French employers’ organisation.

He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the new Lycée International de Londres.

Arnaud Vaissié is a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and Officer of the National Order of Merit. In 2009, he was honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year from Singapore.

Previous Honorees of La Fête

2014        Dikembe Mutombo, Chair & President, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation
2013        Thomas M. Connelly, VP & Chief Innovation Officer, DuPont
2012        Pierre Brondeau, President, CEO & Chairman, FMC Corporation
2011        Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, Chairman & CEO, Rhodia Group
2010        Frank Baldino, Jr., Ph.D., Founder, Chairman, & CEO, Cephalon
2009        Raj L. Gupta, Chairman & CEO, Rohm & Haas
2008        Pierre Dufour, President & CEO, American Air Liquide;
                Senior Executive Vice-President, Air Liquide Group
2007        Jean-François Phelizon, President & CEO, Saint-Gobain Corp.;
                SVP & Advisor to the CEO, Saint-Gobain Group
2006        Stephen K. Green, Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
2005        Jean-François Dehecq, Chairman & CEO, Sanofi-Aventis Group
2004        Bernard Poussot, President, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals;
                Chairman, President & CEO, Wyeth
2003        Jean-David Levitte, Ambassador of France to the United States;
                Diplomatic Advisor to the French President Nicholas Sarkozy
2002        Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Chairman & CEO, SNCF International,
                French National Rail Group
2001        Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
2000        Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown, Architects, City Planners,
                Authors & Theorists
1999        Anne d’Harnoncourt & Joseph Rishel, CEO/Director & Curator,
                Philadelphia Museum of Art & the Rodin Museum
1998        Bruno Bonduelle, Chairman & CEO, Group Brondelle;
                President, Lille/Nord-Pas de Calais Development; Author
1997        Jean-Pierre Garnier, President & COO, SmithKlineBeecham;
                CEO, GlaxoSmithKline
1996        Jean-Daniel Tordjman, Ambassador at Large for International
                Investment in France, Invest in France Mission
1995       Pierre Salinger, Consultant, Author, Journalist;
               Press Secretary to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson
1994       Serge Bellanger, President, FACC National & FACC NY Chapter;
               EVP & General Manager, CIC, NY 

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