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Fondation Hermès / The Foundation
Our ability to rise to the great challenges facing society today – poverty and discrimination, the quest for lasting peace, education, the depletion of natural resources – depends on our ability to harness our shared intelligence to the search for humanist, culturally-focused responses.
In a complex, erratic world where globalisation too often means standardisation, an impoverished worldview and bland, homogenised tastes, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès reflects the distinctive voice and deep artisan roots of the house of Hermès, with its long history of social solidarity based on mutual support and collaboration.
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès listens to and engages with the wider world. Our work embodies our assiduous cultivation of authenticity and diversity as we explore a broad range of fields connected with artisan know-how and creativity.
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports men and women seeking to learn, perfect, transmit and explore the creative gestures that shape our lives today and into the future. Guided by our central focus on skills and innovation, the Foundation’s activities follow two complementary paths: know-how and creativity, know-how and the transmission of skills.
The Foundation develops its own programmes in the contemporary visual arts (exhibitions and artists’residencies), photography (Immersion), performing arts (New Settings), design (the Prix Émile Hermès) and craftsmanship (the Skills Academy), together with international calls for projects promoting biodiversity and solidarity. At the same time, we support the activities of organisations in these areas, around the world.
The Foundation’s unique, diverse activities are governed by a single, over-arching belief: Our gestures define us.
The Board of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès comprises representatives of the founding companies (Hermès Sellier and Hermès International), representatives of the staff of these companies, and qualified individuals from the Foundation's spheres of activity:
Henri-Louis Bauer, Associate Producer, Chez Louis Post-Production; Executive Board President, Émile Hermès SARL
Ménéhould de Bazelaire, Director (Cultural Heritage), Hermès International
Gilles Boeuf, Professor at the Pierre and Marie Curie University ; Scientific advisor of the President, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle ; Scientific advisor of the Minister of Environment, Energy and Sea
Valérie Burguière, HR Development Manager ; Staff representative of Hermès Sellier
Ina Delcourt, International Press Director, Hermès International
Edna Dumas, Journalist
Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Artistic Director, Hermès International
Bernhardt Eichner, Director-general, Hermès Service Groupe
Pierre Fleuriot, Chief Executive Officer, Crédit Suisse France
Jérôme Fougeras de Lavergnolle, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Saint-Louis
Olivier Fournier, Executive Vice President Compliance and Organisation Development, Hermès International ; President of the Foundation
Hubert Guerrand +, Vice-President, Émile Hermès SARL
Martine Tridde-Mazloum, Head of Corporate Philanthropy, BNP Paribas Group
Pascale Mussard, Artistic Director, "petit h"; Vice-President of the Foundation
Jean-Baptiste Puech, Actor
Catherine Tsekenis, Director of Cultural and Philanthropic projects, Hermès; Secretary-general of the Foundation.
Cyrille Violot, General Counsel, Hermès Asia©
Marc Voinchet, Director of France Musique
The team at the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès comprises:
Catherine Tsekenis, Director
Claire Avignon, Executive Assistant
Frédéric Hubin, Head of Editorial Image and Publications
Sacha Menasce, Communications Manager
Clémence Fraysse, Head of project
Quentin Guisgand, Head of project
Clément Le Duc, Head of project
Julie Arnaud, Project Manager