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  1. 1. B U I L D I N G S T R O N G T R A N S A T L A N T I C R E L A T I O N S H I P S A publication of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, New England Chapter SUMMER2009 This Issue’s Theme: The Success Factor When companies join forces to find solutions they can prevail through tough economic times NEWSLETTERDESIGN©2009MA+GGRAPHICDESIGN/COVERPHOTOS:i©JUPITERIMAGES — article continues on page 3 Business Award 2009 The gala dinner honoring Veolia Energy NA Images and details — Pages 8-9 “Knowledge-sharing is accelerating. It changes the way people work and we can facilitate this.” —Bernard Charlès Sustainable Innovationin challenging times What role can innovation play in the economic crisis? BERNARD CHARLES: Today we’re facing a global economic slowdown that’s affecting everyone on some level. Overcoming the crisis depends on a company’s flexibility and ability to adapt to the new economic environment, and more specifically on its ability to innovate. In this context, the current challenge for many companies is to revamp their product portfolios, as well as the way they conduct business and interface with customers and suppliers. We must also keep in mind that the definitions of success and growth are evolving. With our changing world come shifted values. In the past only revenue mattered. Now sustainabilityisawordthateveryhouseholdis embracing, and therefore so are corporations. To surmount the slowdown, companies must focus on producing sustainable products and being sustainable. This goes beyond just being “green” and is also about education, safety, compliance and so much more. More than ever, innovation is at the heart of sustainable growth. How can Dassault Systèmes help its clients through this evolution? BC: DS provides companies with the means to grow sustainably and generate consumer confidence and brand loyalty. Traceability is critical for building trust. Where does a product come from, and how can one know if it safe? Our solutions help companies demonstrate this. With today’s extended enterprise, no matter the industry a company’s sustainability also depends on its supply chain. Monitoring the supply chain and transforming it to a sustainable value chain requires reconfiguring processes to act with increased efficiency and flexibility, all the while adhering to sustainable business practices. We must also consider that consumers are changing the way they buy. They’re becoming more demanding and selective with their purchasing choices and are increasingly concerned about what they’re buying and how it impacts their health and the environment. Consumers will buy products from companies that share their values in addition to offering the products they need. Labeling and packaging are key elements to help consumers understand a product’s sustainability and decide what to buy. Our solutions cover this as well. Will companies have the time necessary to implement these solutions before it’s too late? BC: Speed is everything. To ensure that consumers will continue to buy their products, many companies will be under pressure from both competition and customers to adjust their pricing structures and product portfolios and expand their activities internationally. We can help companies accelerate their evolution. Our solutions are powerful and can specifically address our customers’ problems today in order to ensure their resilience and sustainability in the future. An interview with Bernard Charlès, President & CEO of Dassault Systèmes
  2. 2. This newsletter is a forum open to members to share their knowledge and their thoughts. The FACCNE does not hold responsibility for the ideas, views and/or opinions as expressed by any contributor. Sustainable Innovation Dear FACCNE Members and Friends, The 2008/2009 FACCNE season has now come to an end and we hope that you found it interesting with excellent opportunities to network and establish mutually-beneficial relations with new contacts and partners. The last event of the season, our June 4 Biotech Conference at Genzyme Center featuring a panel of CEOs and Senior Executives of Genzyme, Idenix, Charles River Laboratories, Peptimmune, Promethera and MPM Capital (see pictures of the event on page 13) was extremely well-received by more than 80 professionals in the biotech field who saluted the quality of the speakers and the presentations. We appreciate your input and interest in the FACCNE events and welcome your ideas and suggestions for programs in the fourth quarter of 2009. Please do not hesitate to e-mail them to contact@faccne.org. Building on the success of last fall’s events, we can announce that we will organize a conference with ADERLY (Lyon Area Economic Development Agency) on October 26, and hold our traditional ‘Taste of France’ on November 5. We are also pleased to announce that the FACCNE’s new Web site was launched in June. It shares the same template as more than 50 French Chambers in the world and offers you access to much information on the FACC network, membership, advertising and sponsorship opportunities, and the Chamber’s services and activities. The “Members Only” area gives members access to the membership directory and allows them to search out other members by industry. The FACCNE also encourages members to join our LinkedIn Group, which enables you to connect directly with fellow members in the Boston area, and also with members of other FACC chapters in the United States. Everyone here at the FACCNE wishes you an excellent summer and looks forward to seeing you in September, with new membership packages and a renewed Programme Privilege. Enjoy your reading! Ludivine Sanchez-Wolczik ___ 03 Message from Executive Director, Ludivine Sanchez-Wolczik The FACC Mission The French-American Chamber of Commerce in the United States, Inc. is an independent, non-profit, bi-national organization. Our or- ganization contributes through the efforts of our twenty chapters and their members, to the development and improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States. We are committed to providing the highest level of service to our members and representing the interests of the membership to external organizations. We facilitate the interaction among our mem- bership to foster continuing good economic, commercial and financial relationships between France and the United States of America. www.faccne.orgSPRING2009 ___ 02 Le Courrier, quarterly publication of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, New England How does Dassault Systèmes situate itself in this environment? Will the financial crisis impact all industries in the same way? BC: We help our customers plan their product production (and recycling) from the idea to the realization, starting with product conception. Today’s crisis provides a real opportunity for all of us. Creating, adjusting, simplifying, this is what we help our customers do. Concerning industries such as transportation at large, energy, and others, companies are wondering how they can adapt their product portfolios. It is essential for them to continue to develop new products, and we can help them adapt those products to new market constraints. In addition to our traditional industrial equipment, automotive, aerospace, and shipbuilding sectors, we have achieved successes in industries such as life sciences, high-tech, and consumer packaged goods. Is Dassault Systèmes fit to overcome the crisis and help its customers through it? BC: Our ability to provide customers with concrete, tactical answers by relieving their pains will strengthen us. The crisis is an important test for our solutions to demonstrate their full potential. If used well, they will provide practical, efficient, and immediate value to our clients. How will Dassault Systèmes assist its customers to adapt to the changing times? BC: Over the past few years, we’ve reinforced our business model and simplified our “go- to-market” to give our partners increased strength. I’m very happy that we completed this process last year, because it positions DS to better overcome today’s particular challenges. Although we have made some important changes, we will continue to refine them in order to provide more value to our partners and customers. Our R&D and sales teams are going to concentrate on solving problems our customers are facing to provide them with immediate, flexible solutions. This gives us an opportunity to deliver critical and strategic help to our clients. Given the economic climate, will Dassault Systèmes reduce its investment in R&D? BC: DS has always been a company focused on the long term, investing in R&D in order to provide targeted solutions to our clients. The foundation for us to continue in this direction is strong. We have solid long-term relationships with our clients and partners. This will not change. We have a stable revenue flow with our clients, which is important in these times. We have also developed a strong solutions portfolio that can be implemented immediately to bring value to customers. DS will continue to invest in R&D in order to share, connect, transmit knowledge, and transform the way industries function with their surrounding communities. How will this evolution impact Dassault Systèmes’ future? BC: Knowledge sharing is accelerating. It changes the way people work and we can facilitate this. The design process no longer belongs solely to engineering specialists. Through crowd-sourcing other communities are starting to get involved with design. Companies want to connect with diverse communities, such as research and academia, inside and outside of the traditional enterprise setting. This exponential growth of communities has already begun, and it’s transforming the way we conceive products as well as sell them. The economic crisis is a catalyst for this transformation, and I’m convinced that communities will continue to evolve and grow considerably in the coming years. DS believes in 3D as a universal language. Online environments such as 3dvia.com will become intersections for companies, customers, virtual focus groups, and various crowd-sourcing initiatives that will drive our future products and shape our everyday lives and experiences. French-American Chamber of Commerce New England Chapter President Mr. Maurice Gervais Professor, Business Administration Simmons School of Management Honorary President Mr. François Gauthier Consul General of France Executive Vice President Mr. Kenneth J. Vacovec, Partner Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer Treasurer Mr. Bruno Hupin, Vice President Consulting Services, CGI Secretary Mr. Roland Shrull, Partner Middleton & Shrull Executive Director Ms. Ludivine Sanchez-Wolczik BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mr. Thomas Anderson, President, CEO Weymouth Design Mr. Frederic Chereau, CEO Pervasis Therapeutics Mr. Jim Collins, Chairman New England Business Partners Mr. François Ducroux, Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch Ms. Isabelle Estebe Business Development Director Dassault Systèmes Mr. Alberto Haddad, Managing Partner Melcion, Chassagne & Compagnie Mr. Eric Javellaud Senior Vice President of American Operations Essilor Mr. Jean-Paul Mangeolle, Vice-President Millipore Corporation Mr. Perry Newman, President Atlantica Group Ms. Françoise Oldcorn, Director Air France Mr. Jeffrey Plunkett Executive Vice President and General Counsel Natixis Global Asset Management Ms. Barbara Reilly Managing Partner, Executive Director Arnold Mr. Jean-Pierre Sommadossi Chairman and CEO Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Stewart A. Wood President and CEO Veolia Energy North America FRENCH-AMERICANCHAMBEROFCOMMERCE,NEWENGLANDCHAPTER — continued from cover, B U I L D I N G S T R O N G T R A N S - A T L A N T I C R E L A T I O N S H I P S Summer 2009: Success Factor Issue Table of Contents Articles and features in this issue: Cover & Page 3 Sustainable Innovation in Changing Times An interview with Dassault Systèmes President & CEO, Bernard Charlès conducted by Isabelle Estebe, Dassault Systèmes, Business Development Director and FACCNE Board Member Page 4 Savitz Immigration Column Pages 4-5 Productivity Solutions: Cost Cutting Critical to Today’s Survival — Iliana Rabago, Lex Creative Pages 6-7 The Incubator Model: Vision for the Future — John Henry Silva, Incunation Pages 8-9 Business Award 2009 The gala dinner honoring Veolia Energy NA. Images and details. Page 11 Images from recent Chamber Events Page 13 New Corporate Members Page 14 Calendar & Other Updates As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) and Dassault Systèmes’ ADRs may be traded on the US Over-The-Counter (OTC) market (DASTY). For more information, visit www.3ds.com CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks and 3D VIA are registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries. About Dassault Systèmes: About Bernard Charlès: He was named president of Dassault Systèmes on September 1, 1995; and president/CEO on May 28, 2002. His career at Dassault Systèmes began in 1983 leading teams to develop new technologies. In 1986, he founded a dedicated Strategy and Research department, and in 1988, was named president of Research and Development. The solutions and services developed by Dassault Systèmes today give shape to his vision of leveraging the power of 3D to help companies develop, simulate, and optimize the complete lifecycle of their products, and preserve the environment for the future. Bernard Charlès graduated with honors as a mechanical engineer specialized in Automation and Computer Science Engineering from the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure in Cachan, France where he still belongs to the scientific core of professors.
  3. 3. Some of the solutions that support efficient collaboration initiatives are: Web-Based Work Spaces All the information generated by a project is instantly available, simplified and organized, producing real savings through faster project completion. This kind of tool integrates the executionofallprocessesforcommunication, reviewing and decision making on a secure and auditable environment that minimizes liability. Teams exchange information with ease, using a central work space. Remote Training These are systems, strategies and methods designed to train collaborators off-site. Based on technology and corporate knowledge management, they accelerate learning, education and training processes, while significantly reducing travel time and expenses. Electronic Management of Documents Keeping control of shared digital or print informationisastrategicneed.Itisalsocrucial to use the right management, confidentiality and accessibility mechanisms required by each kind of information. Implementing a system to optimize the processes of Creation, Edition, Visualization, Traffic, Searching and Retrieving documents, reduces the cost and time associated to them while keeping a strong security infrastructure. Impact on The New Workplace: Reality and Challenges Thesolutionsdescribedaboveareintrinsically linked to achieving effective cost cutting, but they also have a direct impact on the new workplace. To better understand how they strengthen collaboration, it’s important to look at the context of the challenges they address. Dispersed teams, outsourcing, market expansions, etc. are some of the forces that are increasingly driving how people work, and will continue do so. The need for sharing information and effectively collaborating with colleagues, clients, partners and vendors across different geographic locations is no longer limited to multinational corporations; small to large businesses and individuals alike, rely on communication technology for everyday work. Internal collaboration has also changed. As technology expands and economic challenges arise, work processes become more complicated, the level of specialization needed is higher and larger numbers of people are brought together to participate on projects, generating more information and complexity. Communication issues at work have always contributed to low productivity. Misunderstood or delayed information has a negative financial impact that can no longer be afforded. Auditability has also become a top priority. Avoiding conflicts, reducing liability and keeping collaborators accountable, are key factors for companies to stay focused on their work and doing more business. Minimizing risk while optimizing communication is a very serious issue. In the current environment, employees have access to all kinds of applications and online tools for exchanging information, but technology grows more rapidly than most companies can gauge. Security and confidentiality concerns increase as technology evolves. In conclusion: Reducing costs is one of the most pressing priorities for companies right now. Communication, collaborative work and technology are very relevant topics in today’s business world; the way they develop and influence each other has a dramatic impact on companies and organizations at the local, national and multinational level. Market trends and the unprecedented availability of communication technology are constantly changing the way people work together. In a difficult and uncertain economic climate, productivity has proven crucial to produce positive results. How to adapt quickly to this context is both necessary and challenging. The businesses that are looking for ways to enable intelligent collaboration systems are taking a proactive approach towards the current economic downturn. Transforming IT into productivity for their workforce, bringing dispersed teams together, motivating employees and facilitating processes gives them more power to succeed and to turn a situation of uncertainty into one of opportunity. FRENCH-AMERICANCHAMBEROFCOMMERCE,NEWENGLANDCHAPTER In the current economic situation, cutting costs quickly is crucial for survival. Not too long ago, efficient collaboration and productivity improvement were perceived as a concept that involved expensive consultants, structured reengineering, ISO certifications, and other expensive and time- consuming options. Today, productivity is essential to cost reduction and it can make the difference in staying ahead of the curve. However, a fresh approach is needed to implement these kinds of changes: instead of companies trying to reinvent themselves, they must bring savings right away and enhance performance without affecting the business. IT should not be an obstacle, but the very core of effective collaboration at any organization. Finally, cost-cutting, productivity and IT strategies have to be congruent with today’s workplace. People need to work with the same ease, whether they are a small or a large team, dispersed across the globe, or in the same office. Using productivity tools to reduce costs is about taking the time to understand how people work together, analyzing practices and implementing systems that can work with existing procedures. The main goal is to optimize the company’s current resources, on a collaboration framework that meets the requirements of users and has the flexibility to adapt to changes in the future (incorporating new workflows, applications, etc.). When all these components are integrated into comprehensive and pragmatic solutions, businesses have powerful tools to face adversity, to adapt to changes and/or outcomes and become stronger. ___ 04 ___ 05 Rabago is the Founder and Art Director of LexCreative, LLC. a design and branding firm in MA. Since 2003, she manages highly specialized teams for online /offline design and marketing projects, in a broad range of industries including: Environmental, Pharmaceutical and Real Estate companies, Start-ups, Luxury Retail businesses, etc; as well as Advertising Agencies in the New England Area. Her most recent initiative is the creation of TeamCoord, a technology strategy company focusing on Productivity Improvement Services and Internet Collaborative Spaces. She partners with experts in Organizational Communication and Web-based Solutions. Prior to establishing her professional activities in the U.S., Rabago worked for Publicis Group, in Paris, France. ILIANA RABAGO Yes! For the first time in three years, the 65,000 cap on H-1Bs available during the Fiscal Year (October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010) was not reached on April 1st! Since an H-1B application can be filed up to six months prior to the intended start date (April 1st for an October 1st start date), that was precisely the situation the past two years. Due to the economic downturn, only approximately 46,000 H-1Bs have been used as of the end of May. Even when the H-1B cap is reached, it does not affect most foreign nationals currently in H-1B status who need to file an extension of status. Additionally, the H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004 exempts from the H-1B cap the first 20,000 beneficiaries who have earned a Master’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution of higher education. However, the H-1B cap does affect foreign nationals in some other nonimmigrant statuses, such as B, F, J or H-4, who request a change of status to H-1B, as well as foreign nationals who are applying to work in the United States in H-1B status for the first time. The H-1B cap causes significant disruptions for both employers and prospective employees, so it is important to plan ahead. Since there are still almost 20,000 H-1Bs available, employers have a great opportunity to hire available, talented professionals. FRENCH-AMERICANCHAMBEROFCOMMERCE,NEWENGLANDCHAPTER Is it true that the H-1B cap has not yet been reached this year and that H-1Bs are still available? 6 Beacon Street-Suite 900 Boston, MA 02108 Tel: 617.723.7111 Fax: 617.723.7171 E-mail: BSavitz@immigrationoptions.com www.ImmigrationOptions.com — article by Iliana Rabago Immigration & Visa Information Q: A: Solutions:cutting costs quickly is crucial for survival in today’s economy Productivity
  4. 4. ___ 07 ___ 06 FRENCH-AMERICANCHAMBEROFCOMMERCE,NEWENGLANDCHAPTER Silva is Co-Founder and President of Incunation LLC. His venture experience is primarily in early-stage projects with an emphasis on public-private joint partnerships in the educational and social technology sectors. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, John served in the U.S. Marine Corps at the White House and earned an honors degree in Classical Civilizations at Harvard University. About INCUNATION, LLC: this is a private venture community of trust exclusively for entrepreneurial professionals. Incunation provides a trusted space for entrepreneurs all over the world to interact, share resources, and acts as a service provider for academic, governmental and private incubators globally. Contact Silva at: 312.929.6866 or www.incunation.com JOHN HENRY SILVA Future solutions will come from innovative professionals with strong intercultural and interdisciplinary backgrounds. — article by John Henry Silva The economic downturn has adversely affected whole countries and industries around the world. Pessimism is reflected by the news and in the minds of individuals. Entrepreneurs, especially, are finding that life is difficult, but they believe better days are ahead. Still the big question that many people are asking now is: What is the next step forward to prosperity? In advanced economies like those in Europe and NorthAmerica, strong industries such as healthcare, high-tech, software, education and energy are viewed to be the path out of recession. Whole industries are being reshaped, and traditional models of venture financing are quickly changing. In some instances, law firms must act more like business advisors to replace those services previously provided by consulting and financial firms, as many of these have evaporated in the meltdown. The healthcare industry, from hospitals, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals is changing in a myriad of ways. For entrepreneurs, this means that they must utilize all the resources that are available to them, ranging from academia, government or private organizations. This puts New England, Canada and France in an excellent position to foster entrepreneurship, given the strong relationships between universities, governments and private industry. At Incunation, we believe the problems of the future will be solved by teams of professionals with a shared vision for innovation. These individuals will be possessed of strong intercultural and interdisciplinary backgrounds, which are often the essentials required for an effective entrepreneurship. Further, it is not always akin to an earned degree; but instead, part of a learning experience, which continues throughout a career. Social and business etiquette can be remarkably different across continents, or even within relatively close regions. Furthermore, there is often a distinct culture unto itself within the professional disciplines. For instance, a scientist may find it difficult to convey complex medical and research concepts to a sales lead whose primary focus is toward driving the profitability of the company. Or the visionary founder, accustomed to thinking in terms of highly abstract opportunities, may engage in conflict with the chief operating officer, who must be necessarily pragmatic and bottomline-oriented in terms of business decisions. These are some challenges that organizational cultures present. It becomes a great opportunity for others to learn from, share in and work together for a successful future. I n c u n a t i o n was founded in 2008 to seize an opportunity to act as a private incubator to marshal together these forces. Taking existing models of proven incubator services with cutting- edge technology, Incunation was launched. The company acts in concert with the social structure of traditional university alumni networks of colleagues with high group cohesion and more recent developments in social technology such as ASmallWorld.net.We use state-of-the-art enterprise software to provide our community members with the means to communicate, share news and resources, make targeted and meaningful introductions, and with special tools to promote their ventures to an international community of entrepreneurs. The feedback from our membership has been overwhelmingly positive. For individual entrepreneurs, we have developed a proven model of colleagues inviting colleagues. Real- world relationships are leveraged with technology, rather than the other way around. Based upon market research, group cohesion and trust is highest when members are invited in by their colleagues for whom they can vouch, and in a transparent system, colleagues know their invitees well. For organizations, ranging from academic institutions, governmental initiatives supporting entrepreneurship, or private incubators, Incunation offers a host of enterprise software solutions to catalyze operations and empower their respective constituents. Features such as real-time knowledge-sharing, workspace collaboration and content rating are quickly becoming a necessity for organizations in the knowledge industries. At this time, we are primarily focused on serving Trans-Atlantic professionals and business organizations. Once Incunation is further established, we forecast that some of the greatest opportunities will be in rapidly growing emerging markets countries. The highly populous cities in China, Turkey, Brazil, India, Latin America and the Persian Gulf are ripe with opportunities for infrastructure investment, technology transfer, and ideal in terms of consumers and collaboration with large, young, educated populations. Now is the time to solidify mutually beneficial relationships and plan for when the global economy improves. Allows real-time sharing Workspace collaboration Content rating the incubator model: providing a vision for the future A D V E R T I S E I N L E C O U R R I E R
  5. 5. ___ 08 ___ 09 FRENCH-AMERICANCHAMBEROFCOMMERCE,NEWENGLANDCHAPTER Over 200 attended this year’s dinner held at the Langham Hotel Jeffrey Plunkett, Rowan Sanders and Roland Shrull Maurice Gervais, FACCNE President makes the opening remarks. Michael Ross, President of Boston City Council with guests at the early reception. Veolia Energy North America also provides customer solutions under the brand names: Dalkia, Trigen, and SourceOne. Wewishtothankallourgenerousrafflesponsors,particularlyAirFrance, Arnold, Axelle Fine Arts, Boston Coach, Chic Redesign, Cognac Pierre Ferrand, The Colonnade Hotel, David Fox Photography, French in the City, The Langham Hotel, Lex Creative, Longchamp, Paris Owners, and Sonia Rykiel for their wonderful contributions. All of our winners were thrilled to receive their prizes! We are also very grateful to our Gold Sponsors: MA+G Graphic Design, Central Square Florist, David Fox Photographer, Marie Landel & Associates, and Moet & Chandon for helping us make this such a memorable event. Mr. Stewart A. Wood, President and CEO of Veolia Energy North America, was presented the 2009 Award from the FACCNE at a ceremony and gala dinner held at the Langham Hotel in Boston on April 15, 2009. Like its 2008 edition, this annual Business Award Dinner was sold out. The event was attended by 200 guests and including several members representing the Veolia Energy Board of Directors who came from France, Canada and the United States. Mr. Olivier Barbaroux, President of Dalkia, addressed an audience of sixty guests who attended the VIP reception in the Bel Air Salon prior to the dinner. The event attracted a number of distinguished officials who guide energy and environment policy on both a regional and national level. Dignitaries on hand included: Tim Murray, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Massachussets; Commissioner Phil Giudice of the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources; Michael Ross, President of the Boston City Council; Paul Guzzi, President and CEO of the Boston Chamber of Commerce; Jim Hunt, Chief of Environment and Energy Services for the Office of the Mayor of Boston. In addition, we are delighted to announce that Mr. Wood joined the Board of the French-American Chamber of Commerce - New England (FACCNE) Chapter, on June 8, 2009. The FACCNE is especially appreciative to our Ambassador Sponsors: Air France, Dassault Systèmes, Essilor Mirant, and Natixis GAM, Patron Sponsors: Arnold Worldwide, Biomerieux, IFANA, Idenix, the Langham Hotel, Millipore and Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer as well as Demi- table sponsors: ML Strategies and Rasky Baerlein. Everyone contributed to the success of this 8th annual Business Award Dinner. GALA PHOTOS: COURTESY DAVID FOX PHOTOGRAPHY Françoise Oldcorn, François Gauthier, Stewart A. Wood, and Maurice Gervais at the VIP reception. Ken Vacovec (center) and Barbara Reilly (right) FACCNE Board members relax pre-dinner with guests. Guests at the VIP Reception applaud the remarks of speaker, Olivier Barbaroux. François Ducroux, Antoine Mynard, Attaché for Science and Technology speaking with Marlene Andrews-Gilboy François Nivaud, Jane Denis, Annick Nivaud and Serge Denis of the Langham Hotel. Second from left, Tim Murray, Lt. Govenor, and Isabelle Estebe with other guests. Perry Newman. FACC Board members (right) shares a toast with others. Lt. Gov., Tim Murray and Françoise Oldcorn. Stewart A. Wood, Maurice Gervais, François Gauthier and Phil Giudice. Isabelle Estebe introducing Dassault Systèmes executive to François Gauthier, Consul General of France. . Jeffrey Plunkett and Ludivine Sanchez-Wolczik Phil Guidice and Bruno de Pellegars Malhortie, Executive Vice President, Business Development, Dalkia. Marie-Pierre and Eric Javellaud, Essilor. the Award Stewart A. Wood, President and CEO, Veolia Energy North America received the FACCNE 2009 Business Award.
  6. 6. Are you looking for European students or young professionals? The International Career Development Program (ICDP), administered by the FACC New York, is accessible to all members of the FACCNE. The FACC-NY is authorized by the U.S. State Department to sponsor eligible interns and trainees on a J-1Visa, by issuing the Certificate of Eligibility (Form DS-2019). The J-1 Visa permits potential trainees and interns to participate in a full-time, paid, exchange program at a FACCNE Member company in the U.S. for up to 18 months, while Interns may participate in the program for a period of up to 12 months. Every year, the ICDP provides opportunities for both U.S. and French FACC Members. There are two possible options for participants under the new J-1 Visa regulations: (1.) Intern (including VIE) or (2.)Trainee (including VIE). Potential host companies in New England must fulfill the following requirements: ■ Be members of the FACCNE. ■ Offer the trainee the equivalent of the U.S. minimum wage. ■ Develop a training plan and confirm that the trainee carries it out. ■ Ensure the trainee participates on a full-time basis; at least 35 hrs per week. ■ Provide a stipend to the trainee at least-time basis; at least 35 hrs a week. ■ Submit regular trainee or intern evaluations. ■ Provide information such as Employer ID Number, Workman’s Comp Policy. Candidates must fulfill the following requirements: ■ Be citizens of a European Union Member country for the VIE program. ■ Speak English well enough to participate in a training program in the U.S. ■ Be between the ages of 18 and 35 (18 to 28 years of age for the VIE program). ■ Must not have held a previous J-1 Training visa in the U.S. in the last 2 years. ■ Possess medical insurance coverage for the duration of the training per U.S. law. ■ Intern candidates must show proof of student status (or be within one year past graduation). ■ Trainee candidates must have their diploma and one year of related work experience outside the U.S. Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FACC in New York City: Telephone 212-867-0205 E-mail: cgallagher@faccnyc.org www.faccnyc.org ___ 10 ___ 11 FACCNE welcomes 3 new Chamber members J-1 Visas FRENCH-AMERICANCHAMBEROFCOMMERCE,NEWENGLANDCHAPTER B U I L D I N G S T R O N G T R A N S - A T L A N T I C R E L A T I O N S H I P S F R E N C H - A M E R I C A N C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E , N E W E N G L A N D C H A P T E R SENIOR CORPORATE MEMBER SENIOR CORPORATE MEMBER ASSOCIATE CORPORATE MEMBER LexCreative is a multi-disciplinary design studio specializing in branding and marketing. LexCreative produces cross-media solutions on web, interactive applications, print collateral materials and corporate identity; as well as analysis, one-to-one campagins, project planning and more. The company’s clients range from the Pharmaceutical and Environmental industries to Internet Consumer and Luxury Retail businesses; LexCreative delivers effective communication, that truly delivers value and helps them build stronger, more competitive brands. For more information visit our Web site: www.lexcreative.com Contact: Iliana Rabago Founder, Art Director E-mail: us@lexcreative.com The French Library Alliance Française of Boston is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an authentic French cultural and social experience for the purpose of personal enrichment and greater understanding of the French-speaking world. Our library houses the second largest private collection of French books, periodicals, DVDs, and CDs available in the US. Our school, a member of the Alliance Française network offers language classes and programs for adults and children. Our Cultural center showcases many aspects of the francophone culture through art exhibitions, lectures, concerts, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, holiday celebrations and more. We often welcome political and artistic personalities for talks and presentations, making us the center of French culture in Boston. Our members enjoy many benefits such as reduced event admission, free Wi-Fi, MFA passes and various discounts at retailers and restaurants through our Club Avantage program. For more information visit our Web site: www.frenchlib.org Contact: Catheline van den Branden Executive Director E-mail:Nicole@frenchlib.org (Member Liaison) WorldBoston is a nonprofit World Affairs Council whose mission is to deepen international awareness and cross-cultural connections by engaging the Greater Boston community in a variety of public forums, professional exchange programs and youth education activities. Continuing the tradition of the World Affairs Council of Boston, founded 60 years ago in 1949, WorldBoston today produces more than 30 lectures and conferences annually that cover critical issues in foreign policy and international business. Since 1961, the organization has served as the local channel for the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, arranging professional meetings for hundreds of emerging leaders from around the globe each year with their counterparts in the business, government, academic, cultural and scientific communities of Massachusetts. WorldBoston is expanding its Academic WorldQuest competition, a program that provides high schools with an extra-curricular opportunity to teach students about the world. For more information visit our Web site: www.worldboston.org Contact: Bill Clifford Executive Director E-mail: info@worldboston.org LEX CREATIVE 68 Woburn Avenue Lexington, MA 02420 Tel: 617.763.9102 THE FRENCH LIBRARY/ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF BOSTON 53 Marlborough Street Boston, MA 02116 Tel: 617.912.0400 WORLDBOSTON 89 South Street, Suite 203 Boston, MA 02111 Tel: 603.542.8995 Sponsor information about For information about member categories and the benefits, we invite you to check our Web site: www.faccne.org/membership Erratum: In our previous issue, the e-mail contact for New Member ALTRAN was incorrect. Please update as: Sophie Koenig, Manager Marketing & Communications Altran N.A. sophie.koenig@altran.com ❉
  7. 7. ___ 12 ___ 13 FRENCH-AMERICANCHAMBEROFCOMMERCE,NEWENGLANDCHAPTER Images and details from recent Chamber events: ■ Special events, seminars and programs are frequently partnered with other international organizations The FACCNE is always pleased to include news about our members and events — photos and brief write-ups are much appreciated. As space permits, we will try to include as much as possible to tell the story. Biotechnology companies are highly dependent on well-functioning capital markets to finance their development projects since many will not see revenue for perhaps a decade. When credit markets seize up, there is less capital available for investors to put at risk, and this capital is dedicated to shorter term, lower risk options. Never-the-less, the collective outlook of the conference was optimistic. The perspective on future successes of business models in the U.S.A., France and Europe was provided by our panel of executives, which included: Eric Halioua, CEO, Promethera (Moderator); Jean- Pierre Sommadossi, CEO, Idenix; Peter Wirth, Exec.VP, Genzyme; Ansbert Gadicke, Managing Director, MPM; Eric Zanelli, VP Research, Peptimmune; and Christophe Berthoux, Exec. VP & Chief Commercial Officer, Charles River. The event received excellent reviews from the more than eighty attendees. The first joint reception for the members and friends of the French-American Chamber of Commerce and the Swiss- American Chamber of Commerce was held at swissnex Boston/ Consulate of Switzerland in Cambridge. It was an opportunity to meet the Swiss Consul, Mr. Pascal Marmier and also Mr. Peter Vogel, Chairman of the SACC Board. Among those who addressed the crowd was FACCNE president, Mr. Maurice Gervais who offered a warm welcome and spoke of future cooperative events that would be shared. B U I L D I N G S T R O N G T R A N S - A T L A N T I C R E L A T I O N S H I P S F R E N C H - A M E R I C A N C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E , N E W E N G L A N D C H A P T E R June 4, 2009 : “Impact of Financial Crisis on the Biotech Industry” May 27, 2009: FACCNE greets Boston’s newest European Chamber March 10, 2009: “Robert Coughlin speaks at Goethe Institut” The French meet the Swiss Biotech Executives discuss economic outlook Biotechnology Trends & Opportunities The FACCNE in partnership with the Brit- ish American Business Council (BABC), the German-American Business Council (GABC), the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC), and the Swiss- American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) presented an EU Connections event. Our guest speaker, Robert Coughlin, president of the MASS Biotech Council (MBC), discussed the importance of the bio- technology business connections between Massachusetts and Europe and outlined fu- ture trends for this industry segment. In his thought-provoking address, Coughlin also focused on the key points, which included the role of the MASS Biotech Council to further such cooperative efforts. Warwick Davies, VP of GABC and Urszula Wojciechowska, executive director of BABCNE Mr. Peter Vogel, Chairman of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce Maurice Gervais welcomes the Swiss Our panel from left to right: Eric Halioua, Peter Wirth, Jean-Pierre Sommadossi, Christophe Berthoux, Ansbert Gadicke, and Eric Zanelli. Dawn Creighton,A.I.M.; Jim Collins, FACCNE Board member; and Mary Beth Totten, MOITI Guests at the reception Jim Collins, Ludivine Sanchez-Wolzcik, Christa Bleyleben and Maurice Gervais, FACCNE president. Featured speaker Robert Coughlin, is flanked by Jim Collins, and Marian LeMay, GABC Executive Director, on the left and Anke Lischied, Consulate of Germany, at right.
  8. 8. ___ 14 2009 AGENDA OF EVENTS Here’s a preview of upcoming events sponsored by the FACCNE and collaborative programs with our colleagues at other European chambers. Looking ahead Monday, October 26 Business Opportunities for Biotech Start-Ups in Europe Collaborative event sponsored by Aderly representing the region of Lyon Details available at a later date. Thursday, November 5 A Taste of France Event Details will be announced in our Fall issue and by e-mail in the coming months. Always a great evening. Save the date. Tuesday, November 10 BOSTON CLEANTECH VENTURE DAY Time and Location TBD Information is available at www.bostoncleantechventureday.com Events and calendar details will be announced closer to actual dates through E-mail and on the FACCNE Web site. Not all locations and speakers have been confirmed at this time, but information will be provided to members closer to each event. Calendar Photo credits: Global Office image: Cover © 2009 Jupiter Images Corporation, Royalty Free license Small cover photo: Gala 2009 © David Fox Office photos, Pages 4-5, courtesy TeamCoord Technologies Egg photo, Page 7, © 2009 MA+G Photos, Pages 8-9, courtesy David Fox Photography Events Photos, Page 11 courtesy of Ludivine Sanchez-Wolczik, FACCNE Executive Director, and Sophie Sithamma, FACCNE intern. Still another way to connect with other FACCNE members, check out www.linkedin.com for our group: French American Chamber of Commerce, New England Chapter. Create your profile there. Le Courrier a quarterly publication of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, New England Chapter 185 Alewife Brook Parkway —Suite 413 Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 Telephone : 617.520.2121 Fax: 617.520.2144 www.faccne.org Le Courrier Editorial Staff Maurice Gervais, Editor-in-chief Ludivine Sanchez-Wolczik, Managing Editor Sophie Sithamma, FACCNE Intern Patricia Ball, FACCNE Intern Marlene Andrews-Gilboy, MA+G Graphic Designer & Creative Director The EU Chambers celebrate an evening with international cuisines Onlinewith www.FACCNE.org Introducing our 2009 Web transformation May 20, 2009 : Over 120 attend Food Festival at The French Library The FACCNE in partnership with the British American Business Council, the German-American Business Council, the French Li- brary/Alliance Française, and WorldBoston were the co-hosts for this successful wine and food festival. Photos, left to right, top row: Marian LeMay, GABC Executive Director; (2.) FACCNE’s Sophie Sithamma, Christina Rogers, and Patricia Ball; (3.) group of festival attendees; (4.) FACCNE’s Ludivine Sanchez-Wolzcik and GABC President, Brigitte Carangelo; and (5.) the French Library’s member liaison Nicole Malo, FAB Director Catheline van den Branden and Noemie Craven. This event grew slowly in size until the day of — when it suddenly be- came the most sought after venue. In fact, more than 120 people at- tended. It was a great occasion to end a most spectacular spring day in Boston. We ran out of wine (we apologize! so un-French!). Yet it didn’t seem to matter to everyone who came to enjoy a great evening of networking in this friendly atmosphere. Among the foods served: a variety of cheeses (French, of course) plus assorted hors d’oeuvres, great cold beer from the GABC and the BABC contributed delicious serv- ings of beef tenderloin! This new look grew out of an effort by UCCIFE to create a consistent style to the Web sites of all the organizations. It is intended to be easier to navigate and allow you to be familiar with the Web pages of various FACC chapters across the country. Ultimately, you will feel as comfortable searching the Chicago, Seattle or Dallas chapter sites as our own. Our thanks to the many volunteers who contributed to the new Web site, and especially to Sophie Sithamma who has put many hours, days, and weeks into this improvement and getting the site online for our members. We hope you’ll approve these changes to our new Web site. We welcome and appreciate member feedback. The FACCNE has selected the Bordeaux region as its next feature for this fall’s Taste of France. The event will be held in November and offers an informal networking and social evening getting to appreciate the cuisine, the wines, and cultural aspects from a particular area of France. This event is one of our two annual fund-raising events and is always very popular with everyone who at- tends. Mark your calendar now and be sure to join us there. Bordeaux European Taste of France November 5, 2009 Check out our new Web site 1.. 2. 3. 4.. 5.
  9. 9. FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER / 185 ALEWIFE BOOK PARKWAY - SUITE 413 / CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138 Pictures and story about the FACCNE’s 8th Annual Business Award Dinner See pages 8-9 Printing of the FACCNE newsletter is made possible in part, through the generous sponsorship of 705 EAST UNION STREET / WEST CHESTER / PA 19382 800.872.7463 www.rapidocolor.com