Thierry Drilhon has 35 years of experience in the technology, digital and innovation sphere, acquired as an international manager of major companies such as Microsoft and Cisco Corp. of which he became Senior Vice President in 2007, based in Paris and San Francisco and member of the World Executive Committee. In 2012, he joined Euro Media Group in Paris as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Deeply "Francoptimistic" and "Europtimistic", Thierry was elected President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry in June 2018, thus putting his international experience at the service of the attractiveness of Franco-British business relations.
In January 2019, he became the General Manager of the French Federation of Cardiology, the first association to fight cardiovascular diseases. Thierry is also a member of the boards of Beijaflore and Synapscore.
Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer – Treasurer
Marie-Christine Bilbow is the CEO of Euro Airship, a company that develops and markets rigid airships for the logistics, tourism and surveillance markets
She has gained international experience in major industrial groups such as 3Com, Sterling Software, Assa Abloy, Brinks, Locatel. She has such held positions as CFO, subsidiary director and general manager. She was appointed Vice-President of the Franco-British Chamber in 2015, in charge of finance, where she brings her knowledge and experience to the Chamber's development and growth.
Olivier Campenon has been President of the Board and Executive Committee of the Lefebvre-Sarrut group since 2018. This European family group is one of the leaders in publishing and legal training with iconic brands such as Francis Lefebvre and Dalloz. With more than 25 years of business management experience at BT (formerly British Telecom), Deutsch Telekom, Siris and AT&T, Olivier has built up a solid experience of the digital world and its multiple implications on all sectors of the economy.
Olivier is also Vice-President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, of which he was President for several years, particularly during the Brexit vote and its first consequences. He was made a Knight of the Franco-British Chamber in 2019. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Professional Women Network and the ETI Club.
Michel de Fabiani
Michel de Fabiani mainly held executive positions in the energy sector, where he began his career at BP in 1969 and rose to the position of Regional President Europe of the BP Group in 2005 and Vice President of EUROPIA. Anglophile and deeply European Michel was President of the Franco-British Chamber in 2005 and 2010, of which he is currently Vice-President. In 2005 he was also appointed Chairman of the Hertford British Hospital Charity in Levallois-Perret (92), and was made a Knight of the Franco-British Chamber in 2019.
Director of industrial companies and specialist in Corporate Governance, he is also Chairman of the Policy Committee of EcoDa in Brussels, the lobby of the European Institutes of Directors.
A British national, Bob Lewis has more than 35 years of experience in international and multicultural business development and leadership positions in the telecommunications, IT, education and consulting sectors. Since December 2017, he has been the Director of the British Council in Paris, a British organisation that employs 350 people and teaches English to more than 10,000 students each year in France, among other cultural and educational activities. Today VP of the Franco-British Chamber, he was President from 2012 to 2016, as well as Director of COBCOE, the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe.
Bob was VP EMEA of British Telecom Global Services from 2007 to 2012, and previously held executive positions with Infonet Services Corp., Apple and IBM Europe and UK. Bob is also President of UCL France Alumni, Honorary Trustee of the Institut Hospitalier Franco-Britannique and a Knight of the Franco-British Chamber
Michel Dubarry has more than forty years of experience in the aerospace industry. His career began at Airbus before moving to Rolls-Royce Turbomeca, then to Turbomeca (Safran). Michel also headed McAlpine Helicopters Ltd in Oxford, before joining Rolls-Royce in 2002 as President France. Later, this function was supplemented by regional responsibility for Europe and North Africa. Committed to helping younger generations, Michel Dubarry is the founder of the USAIRE Student Awards competition, and one of the founders of the Franco-British Spark! Contest. These initiatives aim in particular to bring the industry closer to the younger generations. Since December 2017, he has been providing his expertise to the Bordeaux University Foundation, of which he is President.
Michel Dubarry is also an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), promoted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2013, and Colonel of the Citizen Reserve, appointed by the Chief of the Air Staff in 2010.
Hubert Dupont L’Hotelain
Director – Business Development
Hubert Dupont L’hotelain was Treasurer of Vivendi from 1995 to 2016. Prior to that, Hubert was Treasurer of Compagnie Générale des Eaux, Aérospatiale and Atochem, three French CAC 40 companies. He also has experience as a banker, as Director of Development at BFT (formerly CCF Group, now HSBC France) for two years, and as a Director of the Global Treasury Advisory Board of Citibank for five years.
His personal experience was built between France and Great Britain where he lived for 15 years. He has adopted a bi cultural attitude in his relationships, trying to make the most of two exceptionally rich lifestyles. After leaving Vivendi, Hubert joined the Franco-British Chamber to develop activities and memberships, and has been a Director since 2017.
Born in England, Rachael Hughes studied in England and France before starting her career in Latin America. She was part of the launch team for the Mexican activities of CHEP, an Anglo-Australian joint venture in logistics, before leaving for Argentina in 1997, where she managed CHEP's South American operations and then headed CHEP Argentina.
In 2001, she launched HomeServe, then only present in Great Britain. After the creation of Domeo in Lyon, a new and exciting business opportunity for which she has won several awards, she presides over HomeServe in continental Europe and also develops in Spain, Italy and Germany, creating the European leader in home repair assistance. She is a director of the April Group, a founding member of the Holnest Start-up Investment Club, and was appointed a Woman Insurance Entrepreneur by the Argus de l'Assurance in December 2013.
Director, Honorary Secretary - Legal Counsel
A lawyer and solicitor, Marie-Alix has more than 20 years of experience as an international business lawyer. She has worked as a project manager for major international firms (Allen & Overy, PwC) as well as for major English, American and French groups (Grosvenor, Car Val Investors, Alstom, HP) in France and in the United Kingdom.
She has been a director of the Franco-British Chamber since 2014. At the same time, Marie-Alix supports growing start-ups. She has taught at ESCP Europe and the University of Paris-Dauphine.
OBE, Director – Cross Channel Institute
With more than 40 years' experience as a manager in leading Anglo-Saxon industrial companies in the global construction and agricultural machinery markets, such as the British JCB group and the American Case group, F. Rausch has acquired an outstanding knowledge and expertise in international business relations at both a European and global level. After having been Chief Executive Officer of JCB SAS for 15 years, she joined the Case group as Vice President in charge of EAME. At the end of 2000, she returned to JCB headquarters to ensure the development of global sales as Managing Director of JCB Sales and a member of the World Executive Committee.
In 2012, she was appointed Officer of the British Empire for services to British industry. Since 2015, she has put her experience and know-how at the disposal of the Franco-British Chamber as a Director. She is also Vice-President - Treasurer of the FICIME and Honorary Judicial Expert approved by the Court of Cassation
Guy-Antoine de La Rochefoucauld
Guy-Antoine de La Rochefoucauld has spent his entire career in insurance, both as a reinsurance and insurance broker and as an insurer. He is now the director of Lloyd's in France.
He began his career in London as a reinsurance broker with Willis in 1983, and created an underwriting entity in Paris in 1990. From 1994 to 1998, he joined the broker Faugère & Jutheau (Marsh) and then took over the commercial management of AIG in France. After two years at Gab Robins (Cunningham & Lindsey), he joined HSBC Insurance Brokers in 2004 to create the entity in France. He joined the Board of the Franco-British Chamber in June 2018.
Jimmy Zou has 23 years of experience in the world of financial institutions, first acquired at BNP Paribas (New York, Paris) as a financial engineer specialising in credit risk and economic capital issues, then at PWC, an audit, advisory and legal firm since 2001, where he was appointed Partner in 2008. Since 2017, he has been the Senior Partner in charge of the Insurance sector for France, the Maghreb and French-speaking Africa and Senior Partner in charge of Financial Institutions for France.
He actively promotes the idea of a new "Citizens' Europe" more in line with the new aspirations of today's populations and the challenges ahead. In this capacity, he is active in the Europe & International section of the MEDEF, as well as in the Institut Montaigne where he contributed to the publication of two studies: “Bremain or Brexit? Europe is preparing your future” (June 2016) and “the Europe we need” (March 2017). He is co-founder of the think tank "Cross Channel Institute" and has been a member of the board of directors of the Franco-British Chamber since June 2019.
Catherine Le Yaouanc
General Manager, Franco-British Chamber
Catherine has been the General Manager of the Franco-British Chamber since 1993, when she accepted the challenge of the Chamber's financial recovery, the creation of new services and the development of membership. Projects to which will be added include numerous innovations in event typology, the development of new digital media and the Brexit challenge since 2016, which led to the creation in 2019 of the Think Tank, Cross-Channel Institute
The Franco-British Chamber is today one of the most dynamic chambers of commerce in the United Kingdom on European soil, and has been awarded numerous prizes (Events, Membership and Digital communication...). For her 20 years in the Chamber in 2013, her European peers awarded her "The Howard Rosen Special Award for Excellence". The number of memberships is constantly growing with a high attractiveness factor for all types of members – President’s Forum, Corporate and Entrepreneurs. Catherine previously held positions in a Special Products Export Department of the Elf Atochem-Ceca group. She is also a board member for the Fondation Franco-Britannique de la Colony de Sillery.
Ex Officio – British Embassy in France
Deputy Trade Commissionner Europe, Department for International Trade (DIT)
Ex Officio – British Embassy in France
Deputy Director, International Trade & Investments – Departement for International Trade (DIT)