French-American Chamber of Commerce Elects New National President

Stephen L. Dreyfuss, Acting National President of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in the United States, announced the election of Elsa L. Berry as President.

Stephen L. Dreyfuss, Acting National President of the French-American Chamber ofCommerce in the United States, the country’s leading association for the promotion and development of French-American businessrelations, announced on wednesday the 11th of may, that the Chamber’s national directors elected Elsa L. Berry as President, effective immediately, and for atwo-year term until 2013.


Ms. Berry succeeds longtime National President Serge Bellanger, who died in December 2009.

Elsa Berry, also President of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – New York Chapter, is Head of Cross-Border ConsumerCoverage & Managing Director in the Consumer, Food and Retail Group at Houlihan Lokey, an international investment bank withexpertise in Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Financial Restructuring, and Valuation.

Ms. Berry brings to this position a wealth of experience in French-American business. Until May 2010, she was Managing Director& Head of BNP Paribas Corporate Finance North America. From 1989 until 1999, she was Managing Director & Head of BanexiInc. (the U.S. investment banking activity of Banque Nationale de Paris, BNP) and a member of the Executive Committee ofBNP/Banexi in Paris. Prior to Banexi, Ms. Berry was the founder of Vendôme & Company, Inc., a cross-border Mergers andAcquisitions boutique specialized in middle-market strategic transactions that was sold to BNP in 1989.

Ms. Berry also contributes her strong leadership experience within New York’s French-American community. Notably, she wasChairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lycée Français de New York for 10 years, where she was instrumental in its restructuringand repositioning as a leader in the unique French Lycée system present around the world. In special recognition for herachievements at the Lycée Français, Ms. Berry received from the President of France the distinguished award of Knight in theNational Order of Merit as well as Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor, the highest level of distinguished recognition inFrance.

Ms. Berry’s additional positions include Foreign Trade Advisor of France; Founding Member, Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC)Paris Business School Alumni Group in New York; President, Friends of HEC Inc.; Board Member, “Association des Amis desGrandes Ecoles de France", and Board Member of its “Senior Executive Club.”

Born in New York and raised in France, Ms. Berry earned her BA degree at the University of Paris X (Nanterre) and her MBA fromHEC in Paris. In 2008, she received from HEC the Woman of the Year achievement award, “Prix Trajectoire au Féminin.”

"It is an honor for me to serve as President of the National FACC organization and to work with the leaders of our 20 chapters and4,000 members located throughout the U.S., as well as with our partners in France and in the U.S., to help drive our chapterstowards a dynamic future,” said Elsa Berry.

“Our goal is to further enhance the understanding and development of French-American business and investments and to act as abridge between France and the U.S., promoting exchanges of products, services, professionals, and students in both directions.”

Immediately following her election, Ms. Berry named a slate of officers to the FACC National Board: Jean-Claude Viollier (SanFrancisco) - Executive Vice President; Peter Tucci (Philadelphia) - Treasurer; James Blair (Atlanta) - Assistant Treasurer; EdHayward (Minneapolis) - Secretary; and Michael Elkin (New York) - Assistant Secretary. She also named the following VicePresidents: Jean-Francois Bonneté (Houston); Stephen Dreyfuss (New York); Jean-Marc Gaultier (Washington, DC); MauriceGervais (New England); Jean-Luis Goujon (Chicago); and Bertrand Pelletier (Dallas).

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce
The French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) is a bi-national non-profit association that is devoted exclusively to thedevelopment and improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between the United States and France.

The FACC national network includes eighteen chapters, plus two associate chapters, in all major metropolitan U.S. cities. With4,000 members, the FACC achieves its objectives through a well-developed program of information sharing, networking andprofessional development, custom-tailored to the needs of each individual locality. Providing access to corporate events,international career development programs and commercial services, the FACC’s array of programs is tightly focused on helpingmembers and their companies develop and expand opportunities for business in and between the U.S. and France.

The FACC is an active member of the Union of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry Abroad (UCCIFE), a Paris-basedorganization that supports the development of 114 French chambers of commerce located in 78 countries around the world.

Christopher Gallagher, Managing Director
FACC - New York: (212) 867-0205 
Annemarie van den Broeck, Deputy Managing Director
FACC - New York: (212) 867-3596

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