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6/14/18 Past Event

Special Thanks to Nassim Slimani for the Fabulous Photos!

The Philadelphia Chapter of
The French-American Chamber of Commerce

proudly presented the


The 28th Annual
Fête Gala










Heiner Markhoff
Chief Executive Officer

SUEZ – Water Technologies & Solutions

Thursday, June 14, 2018

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

La Fête Featured

International Executive Networking Reception 

Gourmet Dinner with Wine Pairings by Boutique Wine Collection


2018 Global Leadership Award Presentation & Remarks

Live Music & Dancing with The Untouchables Band

Meet Our Guest of Honor & Recipient of the 2018 Global Leadership Award


Heiner Markhoff is Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ – Water Technologies & Solutions, a global business that focuses on water-related challenges. Employing approximately 10,000 people and operating in over 100 countries, Water Technologies & Solutions provides innovative solutions that address water availability and quality while improving customers’ productivity and meeting more stringent environmental regulations.

Prior to assuming his current role, he was 23-year veteran with GE during which time he was a company officer for the last 11 years. Heiner has previously held several leadership positions at GE including CEO of Water & Distributed Power, president for GE Plastics Europe/Middle East/Africa, general manager-automotive for GE Plastics Americas and CEO of GE Bayer Silicones. Heiner began his GE career as a member of the Corporate Business Development team in 1994. Prior to joining GE, Heiner was with Booz Allen & Hamilton, a strategy and technology consulting firm.

Heiner serves on the board for the United Way of Bucks County in Pennsylvania, USA. 

He graduated from the University of Cologne, Germany, with a degree in business administration and economics. He and his wife have 3 children and live in the greater Philadelphia area.

Merci Beaucoup to Our 2018 Sponsors

Many Thanks to Our Supporters

About SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions

As a strategic business partner, SUEZ offers the most comprehensive set of chemical and equipment solutions and services available, helping our customers manage and optimize their water resources and process challenges across industries and municipalities. It is our goal to enable our customers to meet increasing water demands and population needs, overcome scarcity challenges, enhance their environmental stewardship, and comply with regulatory requirements. SUEZ provides the advanced technologies that enable customers to leverage big data across the industrial internet to drive efficiency and promote collaboration. We partner with our customers to help them reduce costs and prepare for the evolving demands of their industry.

SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions operates with over 10,000 employees and addresses the needs of over 50,000 customers worldwide. Additionally, relying on 650 R&D and expert staff as well as 17 Research & Excellence Centers of SUEZ, the business unit is committed to expanding its water treatment offerings and digital capabilities to deliver best-in-class solutions.

The 2017 acquisition of GE Water secures the SUEZ Group’s global leadership in industrial water services and strengthens its positioning as an integrated group providing services, addressing over 450,000 industrial and business customers worldwide. At the same time, it builds on the SUEZ Group's international footprint, especially in the United States.  For more information about SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions, visit:

About SUEZ

With 90,000 people on five continents, SUEZ is a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. We provide water and waste management solutions that enable cities and industries to optimize their resource management and strengthen their environmental and economic performances, in line with regulatory standards. To meet increasing demands to overcome resource quality and scarcity challenges, SUEZ is fully engaged in the resource revolution. With the full potential of digital technologies and innovative solutions, the Group recovers 17 million tons of waste a year, produces 3.9 million tons of secondary raw materials and 7 TWh of local renewable energy. It also secures water resources, delivering wastewater treatment services to 58 million people and reusing 882 million m3 of wastewater. SUEZ generated total revenues of 15.3 billion euros in 2016.  For more information about the SUEZ Group, visit:

Previous Honorees

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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