FACCNE presents “Let’s Chat!”: a serie of online chats, putting the spotlight on our very talented members via short, sharp and casual conversations.
Click on each picture below to know more about our members, what they do and their latest news.
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Louise Roussel is a Senior Commercial Banker at KeyBank. Louise has 16 years of experience in Banking and Capital Markets, working in the end-to-end loan origination cycle, including structuring, underwriting, syndication and execution of loan transactions.
Prior to joining KeyBank, Louise was a Director of Capital Markets at G2 Capital Advisors in Boston, where she focused on raising debt and equity and providing other financial advisory solutions for middle market clients. Louise also worked at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and BNP Paribas in various Capital Markets and Credit roles.
Louise is also the Founder and Chair of the FACC’Fin Forum. Launched in May 2021, it aims to connect New England Finance professionals through uniquely curated events, leveraging deep industry expertise and providing opportunities to develop relationships and broaden networks within this community. The Forum will highlight best practices and serve as a pragmatic resource to small and mid-sized French and American companies launching and growing operations in New England.
Clément Monnet is a French serial entrepreneur based in San Francisco, after several years in China, Singapore, Brazil & Mexico. He spent half of his career in aviation before moving to the tech and consumer industry where he founded three companies ; the latest one being a streaming platform dedicated to French cinema and tailored for an international audience : Cinessance.
During his tenure in the US, Clément had the opportunity to create new businesses from scratch including a B2C platform offering helicopter flights on-demand: Voom, an Uber for helicopters, and now Cinessance, a “Netflix of French cinema” for all the francophiles and francophones in the world.
Gerard Riveron is the founder and owner of Gerard Riveron Jewelry. His mission is to provide discreet, exclusive access to the collections of Independent Fine Jewelry Designers from France without a brand presence or distribution channel within the United States. After spending 40 years traveling the world and selling high-end Jewelry from the collections of celebrated Brands, Gerard felt compelled to enter the online business, allowing anyone, anywhere in the US, to have access to high-end jewelry purchases of unique Jewelry, from the comfort of your home.
Pascal Orliac is the Co-Founder & CMO of Care2Care | International, premier provider of internationally sourced affordable prescription medications for health plans and individuals. Their pharmacy partners are located in Canada, UK, and the European Union. They believe in better treatment, lower cost and an engaged workforce. In this short video, Pascal discusses his company’s vision for impact in the U.S. and their upcoming projects.
Myriam Le Cannellier is the Co-Founder of DSML Executive Search, an Executive Search firm recruiting CEOs, VPs and other executives in the USA for European and Canadian-based businesses. DSML Executive Search is a US-based firm with offices in Boston and Chicago with executive recruitment activity across the USA. In this short video, Myriam discusses her company’s vision and mission, along with the key differences for hiring in the U.S. vs. Europe and Canada. These differences make her firm’s work essential to many international companies looking for talent in the U.S. Watch the full video to learn more.
Céline Riard is the Principal Designer at CHIC Redesign, an interior design company serving the entire Boston Metrowest area. CHIC Redesign will help find the style that will make you smile. In transforming your space, you become more comfortable, more productive, in one word: HAPPIER. Céline was born and raised in Normandy, France and is trained as an environmental engineer from one of the most prestigious colleges in France. Her creations are a balanced mix of energy and comfort, the results of years of research and observation on the effects of a positive environment on people’s general well-being. Watch the full video to learn more about Céline and CHIC Redesign.
In this episode of “Let’s Chat!” FACCNE Executive Director, Ludivine Wolczik, interviews Nicolas de Rosen, CMO of iAdvize. Nicolas will relocate back to Paris for his promotion after over four years in Cambridge, MA. iAdvize is a conversational platform that allows more than 2000 brands in 100 countries to bring a profitable human touch to the digital experience at scale. In just seven minutes, Nicolas discusses his vision and upcoming developments for iAdvize.
Aurore Joshi is the Director of Communications at École Français de Greater Boston (EFGB), a local school offering high-quality and engaging education in French for francophone families in greater Boston. In just six minutes, Aurore describes her experience with EFGB as both the Communications Director and a parent. EFGB will be hosting in-person summer programs in line with COVID-19 safety measures starting July 6th to August 13th. Watch to full video to learn more about Aurore.[/spb_text_block]
Aude Ouensanga is a Partner at Alira Health, supporting client’s business with our Product Development, Regulatory, Clinical, Market Access, Strategy Consulting, and Transaction Advisory services. In just under six minutes, Aude describes the mission of Alira Health, her work and recent publication “Drug Delivery Devices (DDD): Increasing Role in Patient Outcome and Future Trends, New England’s Global Appeal to Foster Collaboration.” Watch to full video to learn more about Aude.
Nicolas Huygevelde is the Managing Partner for North America at IAC Partners, a global strategy consulting company specialized in improving its clients’ competitive edge. In just over five minutes, Nicolas describes the mission of IAC Partners and his experience expanding the company to North America. Watch to full video to learn more about Nicolas and his team’s commitment to innovation.
Steve Eichel is a Corporate & Tax Partner at Rimôn Law, the premier alternative law firm, globally recognized for its innovation. Steve was also recently re-elected as Vice President of the FACCNE Board of Directors. In just under five minutes, Steve discusses his transition to Rimôn, the impact of the pandemic, and potential benefits of the “new normal.”
Daniela Mayer is an Associate Attorney at Fragomen’s Boston Office, an international law firm specializing in corporate and individual immigration. In less than five minutes, Daniela describes her journey from Bachelor’s degree in Management, to working abroad in Europe and earning her Master’s degree, to returning to the U.S. to complete her JD. Daniela also reviews recent immigration policy changes by the Biden Administration. FACCNE will be hosting a webinar, led by Fragomen, elaborating on the recent immigration policy changes on April 8th at 12pm EST.
Pascal Descargues is the Founder & CEO at Genoskin, which provides ready-to use and standardised ex vivo human skin models to the biotech, pharma, Medtech, cosmetic and chemical industry. In less than six minutes, Pascal describes his startup’s journey from expanding to the U.S. to leading during a global pandemic. Learn more about Genoskin on their website: https://www.genoskin.com/
Manon Debuire is a Business Development Associate at Powerling, a comprehensive language service provider. Powerling helps ease global expansion for their clients across industries. In this six minute video, Manon explains her role at Powerling, and the importance of having a strong professional network to get to where she is today. Learn more about Powerling on their website: https://powerling.com/
Alistair Schneider is the CEO and co-founder of Innouvo, Boston’s most advanced Venture Studio. For the last 20 years Alistair has worked to build, transform, pivot and improve business units, functions and, ultimately, entire companies. These include corporations and startups. On this short video, Alistair explains what a Venture Studio is and how they can help scale and expand companies by strengthening their ecosystem which is the core of a successful business. Innouvo is also at the forefront of innovation and they are organizing a virtual summit on Nov 12th, 2020 on the EcoCity Revolution: https://bit.ly/3m1KjGY
Lily is passionate about pastry and loves butter! She is one of the Troublemakers of Taste at Michel et Augustin. Two middle school friends, Michel and Augustin started their entrepreneurial adventure in their small kitchen in Paris. They wanted to make the tastiest, most fun treats imaginable with simple ingredients. With hard work, lots of baking, they are now selling their delicious cookies (and more!) in 24 countries! Lily tells us all about their special products only available in the US, especially their Croissant Chips, the perfect combination of the best French and American snacks.
Philippe Latapie leads the Boston office of StratX. They help companies develop new talents from new managers to top level executives by designing leadership programs focused on strategic thinking, innovation, decision making and business acumen. They have a unique way of doing this which is called Experiential Learning. Philippe is also the Treasurer of FACCNE and has joined the Board more than 6 years ago. To know more about Philippe, about Experiential Learning and also what it takes to be part of our Board, watch this interview!
Did you know that hearingloss is at epidemic prevalence with almost half a billion people affected worldwide?! Our member Celia Belline, CEO of CILcare knows it well as she has made hearing her priority! It will take you just 3 minutes to watch this new Let’s Chat interview to know more about CILcare, their clients, activities and their latest nomination for the prestigious Prix Galien MedStartup award!
“Sonic Branding is to your ears what visual branding is to your eyes”, says Olivier Jamin Changeart, the founder and CEO of OJC Artisan of Sound. OJC is a sonic branding boutique that design and develop unique sonic identities for brands and organizations. They are creating the audio language of a brand, based on its essence, values and personality. OJC is currently offering a free audio audit that will provide an audio roadmap and will help businesses understand how they can improve their communication using effective and targeted audio assets. For more information, click here.
Keolis is a leading provider of passenger transportation services, carrying millions of people throughout the world via train, metro, bus and bike each year. Clément Michel, the President and CEO of its North America’s branch shares with us in this short interview the challenges they are facing in this market, how Keolis is helping cities everyday to become more sustainable and finally why they chose Boston to relocate their North American headquarters.
Emmanuel Arnaud is the CEO of HomeExchange, a world leader in the home swapping market. Emmanuel is also the President of French Tech Boston, a community of more 85 French entrepreneurs and C-level executives in tech startups with global or US headquarters in New England.
Alexandra, partner at Axelia Partners, a service firm providing one-stop shop consulting and back office solutions to European companies, share her experience and insights for entrepreneurs who would like to set up their businesses in the US. “Be well prepared and well supported by experts” that would be her first advice.
Arnaud Mentré, Consul General of France in Boston | 7/14/2020 | 7 min
Happy Bastille Day! On this 14th of July 2020, we are delighted to welcome Arnaud Mentré, Consul General of France in Boston. Since his assignment in Boston in 2018, Arnaud Mentré and his team at the French Consulate have been working on strengthening transatlantic relationships with universities and businesses and also providing support to the 20000 French citizens based in New England, especially in the last couple of months with the pressing challenges they have endured with the travel and visa restrictions.
OFALycée™ is the first institution to offer online, supplemental French Baccalaureate education to students in the United States or anywhere else in the world. In this short chat, watch why Géraldine Guillermin, co-founder and Head of School decided to create this unique digital educational approach combining schooling in an American high school with a French education from the 6th to the 12th Grade.
Renaud is a passionate serial entrepreneur. After 20 years in the supply chain industry, Renaud decides to make the switch and acquires NFI Corp, now the global leader in high performing printed graphic solutions. Renaud runs four successful businesses and with the current pandemic, managed to switch production to the manufacturing of disposable face shields, floor labels and signage for hospitals, restaurants and any businesses reopening in this ‘new normal’.
Restaurants have been greatly impacted by the pandemic so after more than two months of lockdown, Jérôme is thrilled to welcome patrons again on the terraces of his two restaurants in Back Bay and Brookline. They are also offering the delivery of delicious French food for lunch and dinner. Check their menus with fixed priced menu or À la Carte, you will feel like you’ve been transported to France!
Pauline has recently joined the International School of Boston as the director of the Elementary school. She is passionate and dedicated to the wellbeing of her students. She is sharing with us how the entire teaching team is working hard preparing the ‘rentrée’ (back to school) in the fall. She also announced the launch of a new Toute Petite Section (TPS) for two-year old children.
Charles started Toucan in 2014. In just a few years, Toucan is now recognized as the leader in data storytelling and completed its first-ever round of funding in 2019 for $13 Million. Despite the lockdown, they are growing their team in Boston and hired four new employees. And they are still looking for new talents!