Online Annual Meeting 2020

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Take action and make your vote count within the French American Business Community! Register now to our Online Annual Meeting. (Members only)


Dear Members,

Take action and make your vote count within the French American Business Community! Register now to our Online Annual Meeting that will be held on Thursday, September 10th 2020. Discover the candidates, vote and join us to hear all about the activities and results of the FACCSF in 2019, as well as the upcoming projects for 2020.


ELECTIONS OF BOARD MEMBERS - (Open to corporate members only)

Per our by-laws, a nominating committee including Antoine Villata, Chairman of the Committee, Eve Chaurand and Alexandre Rémy, has reviewed the candidates for the upcoming 2020 elections.  Please note the election of the board members' is open to FACCSF Corporate members ONLY and will be open few days before the d-day.

If you are not a member yet, you can join the FACCSF by clicking here.

Here are their recommendations:

Proposed Board members for election of a 3-year mandate (2020-2023)

NEW: Discover their bios below

  • Lisa N. Brown - new
  • Amy de Rouvray - new
  • Guillaume Lardeux - new
  • Alexandre Marian - new
  • Manon Servouse - new
  • Mélanie Thomas - new


  • Thomas Celerier - Renew
  • Christine Hoefliger - Renew
  • Jean-Noël Fourmeaux - Renew
  • Jean-Marc Torre - Renew
  • Ludovic Ulrich - Renew
  • Richard Zolezzi - Renew

Proposed officers for a 1-year mandate*: 

  • President: François Gros
  • Co-President: Ludovic Ulrich
  • Vice President: Johanna Assous
  • Vice President: Richard Zolezzi
  • Vice President & Secretary: Louis Zandvliet
  • Treasurer: Raphaëlle Guillaumet

*Officers shall be elected by the board, following board elections, September 10th 2020

  • Agenda
  • Info for online vote will be sent very soon - Stay tuned!

Lisa N. Brown
Brand Manager LVE and Imports at Boisset Collection

Lisa N. Brown began her wine & marketing career in France while completing her studies in Wine Business and working at a Négociant in Beaune. She traded the French countryside for the Napa Valley when she joined Boisset Collection. Boisset wineries and brands, French & Californian, have an authenticity that Lisa has leveraged to pair with the fashion, music, film, travel, and tech industries to bring to life the innovative vision of Jean-Charles Boisset.

Lisa leads global strategy and development for LVE, a partnership with EGOT-winning, critically acclaimed multi-platinum singer-songwriter John Legend. She oversees LVE with John’s management teams in collaboration with strategic partners across brand, digital, creative, PR and business development. She also heads brand strategy & execution for the Import Portfolio in the U.S., including strategic planning across Sparkling, Rosé, Luxury Burgundy, Rhône and IGP categories. Lisa has gained invaluable experience collaborating with people internationally, ranging from public and private sector entrepreneurial leaders, politicians and creative leaders in design, entertainment media and fashion. Lisa received her education in French Language & International/Global Studies in the U.S. and Linguistics & Wine Business in France. She grew up in the Netherlands and Chicago, previously lived in Aix-en-Provence and Dijon, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.     

Amy de Rouvray
Director of Global Marketing at ESI Group

Amy runs an international team of marketers whose mission is to enable transformation within the automotive, aeronautics, energy and heavy industry sectors, thanks to ESI’s Virtual Prototyping solutions.  After working at ESI for close to 10 years in France, Amy moved to the Bay Area in 2014 to benefit from its dynamic and innovative ecosystem.

A citizen of both France and the United States, she’s committed to facilitating collaboration between the two countries. Amy graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in English literature. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children and is an active member of the Lycée Français de San Francisco.

Guillaume Lardeux
Senior Vice President & General Manager at Genesys

Guillaume has overall responsibility for the PureConnect Business Unit. This includes Business Strategy, Product Management, R&D, Operations, P&L management and overall success of customers and partners. Genesys is the leader in customer experience software, Genesys helps companies of every size make their customers feel remembered, heard and understood (

Previously, Guillaume was responsible for Business Transformation, Business Operations and M&A Integration at Genesys during a phase of rapid growth and expansion. Prior to that, Guillaume held several management positions in Product, R&D and Operations at Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia).   Guillaume holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business and a Master degree in Computer Science from Ecole Superieure d’Electronique de l‘Ouest, France.

Alexandre Marian
Managing Director at AlixPartners LLP

Alexandre has deep experience in strategy and operations for the automotive and industrial sectors and has earned reputations as an industry expert and a trusted advisor. He is passionate about the future of mobility, and has been involved in the entire value chain—including automakers, suppliers, dealers, and aftermarket players.

He has also conducted several studies of the topic, and has been quoted often in the media, including in Bloomberg Businessweek, CNBC, Reuters, Nikkei News, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Detroit News. He joined AlixPartners in 2014, and works from the firm’s San Francisco office. Prior to joining AlixPartners, he was a project manager at automaker Renault SA in Paris, France, responsible for new-vehicle launches. He has an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, a master’s in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master's in science and executive engineering from the École des Mines in France.  

Manon Servouse
Marketing Director of Rians USA  

Originally from the Bordeaux region in France, Manon’s interest in wine, specialty foods and cheese took her on a global journey working for such notable brands, such as Remy-Cointreau, Piper & Charles Heidsieck Champagne in France and a large British multi-national food manufacturer, United Biscuits, makers of McVities biscuits and Jacob’s Cream Crackers.

Manon’s love for cheese lead her to the Rians Group, working initially in France as their cheese brand manager and then moving to the United States after this family owned business purchased Marin French Cheese in 2011.  Manon is a member of the American Cheese Society, a national cheese trade group as well as a member of the local California Cheese Guild.  When Manon is not at the creamery, she can be found enjoying a variety of outdoor sports, which includes horse-back riding, riding her Vintage motorcycle and exploring the backroads of Sonoma County and Petaluma’s food scene. 

Melanie Thomas
Sales and Business Development Director – Janson Capsules Northern America  

Melanie Thomas has been in charge of the US market for Janson Capsules since 2007. She is part of the development and growth of the company focusing on sales and market consolidations thanks to her strong knowledge within the Wine and Packaging industries. 

Her passion for wine and gastronomy has led her to large networks across Europe and USA after her sommelier degree at the Wine University of Suze La Rousse in France in 2005. She also fell in love for Napa Valley after her first visit in 2006. For more info on Janson Capsules, visit

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