France Vs Silicon Valley: Economic relationship between France & U.S.

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Join the French-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco to know about the future of the Economic relationship between France and the US


Introduction by new Consul General of France in San Francisco

We will have the pleasure to welcome Frederic Jung to introduce our panel Session


Discussion with John Chambers and Paul Hermelin
Our guest speakers will enlighten us on this new world that is opening up to us after the Coronavirus health crisis and share their opinion on the following:

- Overview of the current business situation
- Leadership and cultural changes
- Crisis management
- Economic situation for the next 5 years



Paul Hermelin, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Strategy & CSR Committee - CAPGEMINI

Paul Hermelin spent the first fifteen years of his professional life in the French government, primarily in the Ministry of Finance. He held a number of posts in the Budget Office and on various ministry staffs, including that of Finance Minister Jacques Delors. He was chief of staff to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Minister of Industry and Trade, from 1991 to 1993. Hermelin joined the Capgemini Group in May 1993, where he was first placed in charge of coordinating central functions. Taking a seat on Cap Gemini’s Directoire in May 1996, he was named CEO of Cap Gemini France and, in May 2000, following the merger between Cap Gemini and Ernst & Young Consulting (which he initiated), he became deputy CEO of the Group and member of the Board. In December 2001, the Board of Directors accepted Serge Kampf’s proposal to appoint him CEO of the Capgemini Group as of January 1, 2002. In May 2012, Paul Hermelin became Chairman and CEO of the Capgemini Group. In June 2018, he is appointed President of Festival d’Aix. Following the separation of the functions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, which took place on May 20, 2020 as part of the succession to the Group’s general management, he retains the chairmanship of the Board of Directors of Capgemini SE. Paul Hermelin graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in 1972 and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1978. 


John T. Chambers, Founder and CEO- JC2 Ventures & Former Chairman & CEO - Cisco

John Chambers is the founder CEO of JC2 Ventures. In his role, Chambers focuses on helping disruptive startups from around the world build and scale, while also promoting the broader development of startup nations and a startup world. He invests in companies across categories and geographies that are leading market transitions, such as Aspire Food Group, Balbix, Bloom Energy, Dedrone, IoTium, Lucideus, OpenGov, Pindrop, Privoro, Rubrik, SparkCognition, Sprinklr, and Uniphore. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Bloom Energy, OpenGov, Pindrop, and Sprinklr. Prior to founding JC2 Ventures, Chambers spent 25+ years with Cisco, serving as CEO, Chairman and Executive Chairman. He currently holds the title of Chairman Emeritus with the organization. With countless lessons learned during his tenure at Cisco, as well as from his experiences working with startups, Chambers wrote Connecting the Dots: Lessons for Leadership in a Startup World in 2018, sharing the management, leadership and business principles that brought him and his teams unmatched success for decades. Chambers is also the Chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and was appointed Global Ambassador of the French Tech by President Emmanuel Macron of France in January of 2018. Chambers has received numerous awards for his leadership, including being named the number two “Best-Performing CEOs in the World” in 2015 from Harvard Business Review, the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation, Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” the “Best Boss in America” by 20/20, and one of BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Executives Worldwide.” Additionally, Chambers has received several international honors, including France's National Defense Gold Medal and India’s Padma Bhushan Award.


Frederic Jung, Consul General of France in San Francisco 

Frederic Jung, 40, originally from the Alsace region of France. He is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in Strasbourg. He is married and the father of two little girls. He joined the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in 2004. The various positions he held in Paris and in the diplomatic field abroad led him to develop a particular interest in the United Nations and the European Union. In Paris, he specifically dealt with disarmament and non-proliferation issues, and then negotiations at the UN Security Council regarding the Middle East. In New York, in 2009, he was an adviser-negotiator at the French Mission to the United Nations on African issues, before becoming the Mission’s spokesperson until 2014. He then moved to Brussels to become the spokesperson for the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union, dealing in particular with the eurozone, migration and security issues at the European level. In May 2017, he joined Place Beauvau as a diplomatic advisor to the Minister of the Interior.


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