Ambassador awards Légion d’honneur to Dame Helen Alexander
France’s highest honour awarded to Dame Helen Alexander, who receives praise for a distinguished business career
Her Excellency Sylvie Bermann awarded businesswoman Dame Helen Alexander the Légion d’honneur at a ceremony at her residence last Monday.
In one of her first official engagements since the Paris terror attacks, the Ambassador declared that she wanted the ceremony to go ahead as testament to France’s determination and valiance in the face of barbarism.
The Ambassador paid tribute to Dame Helen Alexander, who began her career at Faber and Faber before becoming Chief Executive of the Economist Group.
The Ambassador said: "The Economist has become a global benchmark for economic weeklies, and you’ve been an architect of this remarkable success."
In 2008, Dame Alexander became the first woman president of the Confederation of British Industry, and she has also served as Chairman of the Port of London Authority. Today she is Chancellor of the University of Southampton, as well as being Chairman of UBM.
The Ambassador also paid tribute to Dame Alexander’s leading role in the Franco-British Symposium, which annually brings together French and British decision-makers, and spoke warmly of her commitment to serving France in her capacity as a trustee of the Grand Palais, Paris.
Dame Alexander also has a long-standing affiliation with France, having studied at the Sorbonne and at the INSEAD Business School.