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The 34th Annual Fête & 2024 Global Leadership Award

Honoring Frédéric Van Heems, President & CEO, Veolia North America

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The Philadelphia Chapter of
The French-American Chamber of Commerce

Proudly Presents

The 34th Annual



Frédéric Van Heems

President &
Chief Executive Officer

Veolia North America

Thursday, June 27th, 2024

7:00 PM - 10:30 PM

6:30 pm  Private Reception for
Sponsors and Their Guests


Fairmount Water Works
640 Waterworks Drive
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Early Bird Pricing Available until 5/30!
Rates increase by $25 starting 6/1.

Registration Deadline:
6/12 as we must plan in advance for you!

Age 21+ Event.  Summer Cocktail Attire Suggested.

$350/person for Non-Members

$275/person for FACC Members,
Employees of
FACC Corporate Member Companies,

and the guests they register


La Fête Features


6:30 PM

Private VIP Reception for

Sponsors, Government Officials, VIPs

7:00 PM
International Business Reception for All Guests

7:45 PM
David Gustafson Music Featuring Sadie Leigh

Gourmet Dinner

8:00 PM
Welcome by Jeremy Heep, FACC President

Introduction & Presentation of
The 2024 Global Leadership Award

8:15 PM
Remarks by Frédéric Van Heems

President & CEO, Veolia North America

2024 Global Leadership Award Recipient

8:30 PM

David Gustafson Music Featuring Sadie Leigh

 9:30 PM

Lavish Dessert Buffet & More Networking

Music & Dancing

10:30 PM

The FACC Philadelphia’s 34th Annual Fête Concludes

Merci Beaucoup Encore to
Last Year's Sponsors!

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Meet Our Guest of  Honor
Recipient of the 2024 Global Leadership Award

A graduate of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Jouy-en-Josas, France, Frédéric Van Heems began his career in 1986 at the French newspaper Le Figaro, before joining the Lagardère Group in 1994 where he was Chairman and CEO, first for Lapker in Hungary and then for Zendis in France.

In 2002, he joined Areva, as Director of the uranium enrichment program. Three years later, he was appointed President and CEO of Canberra as worldwide leader in radioactivity measurement systems and solutions, where he was based in New York.


In 2009, he was named CEO of Cegelec Group. In 2011, he created his consulting company, and in 2013, he became CEO of Alstom Power Automation and Control.


Frédéric Van Heems joined Veolia in 2014 as General Manager of its subsidiary Siram in Italy. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Veolia Water France in 2016, before becoming Chief Executive Officer of Veolia North America in 2021.


Veolia North America

A subsidiary of Veolia Group, Veolia North America (VNA) offers a full spectrum of water, waste and energy management services, including water and wastewater treatment, commercial and hazardous waste collection and disposal, energy consulting and resource recovery. VNA helps commercial, industrial, healthcare, higher education and municipality customers throughout North America. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., Veolia North America has more than 10,000 employees working at more than 350 locations across the continent.  To learn more, visit:

Veolia Group

Veolia's ambition is to become the benchmark company for ecological transformation. With nearly 218,000 employees on five continents, the Group designs and deploys useful, practical solutions for managing water, waste and energy that help to radically change the world. Through its three complementary activities, Veolia contributes to developing access to resources, preserving available resources and renewing them. In 2023, the Veolia group served 113 million people with drinking water and 103 million with wastewater services, produced 42 terawatt-hours of energy and recovered 63 million metric tons of waste. Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE) generated consolidated sales of €45.3 billion in 2023.  For more info, visit:

Frédéric Van Heems
President &
Chief Executive Officer

Veolia North America

2023.    Roger Perreault, President & CEO, UGI Corporation

2022.    Anthony O'Donovan, Ph.D., President & CEO, Arkema Inc.; Head of Arkema Group in North America

2021.    Pascal Vinet, CEO, Airgas & Vice President, Air Liquide Group

2020.    Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman & CEO, Saint-Gobain Group
2019.    Nicholas Siciliano, Ph.D., CEO, & Ben Pascal, MBA, CBO, Co-Founders, Invisible Sentinel /

2018.    Heiner Markhoff, CEO, SUEZ - Water Technologies & Solutions

2017.    Jérôme Wallut, President, Alstom North America

2016.    Hervé Hoppenot, President and CEO, Incyte Corporation

2015.    Arnaud Vaissié, Co-founder, Chairman & CEO, International SOS; Chair, CCI France International

2014.    Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Legend, Philanthropist, & Humanitarian

2013.    Tom Connelly, Chief Innovation Officer, DuPont

2012.    Pierre Brondeau, President, CEO & Chairman of the Board, FMC Corporation

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

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

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

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

2007.    Jean-François Phelizon, President & CEO, Saint-Gobain Corp.; SVP, Group 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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