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Fondation Hermès / The Foundation

From the president

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - From the president

Olivier Fournier

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - From the president

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.   

                                                                                  Olivier Fournier

Our vocation

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports men and women seeking to learn, perfect, transmit and celebrate the creative skills that shape our lives today and into the future.

The Foundation operates nine major programmes with a combined focus on skills, creativity and transmission: New Settings for the performing arts, exhibitions and artists’ residencies for the visual arts, Immersion for photography, the Prix Émile Hermès for design, Manufacto – the Skills Factory and our Skills Academy for the discovery and perfection of artisan trades. H3 is the Foundation’s worldwide programme of support for organisations whose work reflects these central aims. Our Biodiversity programme enacts a core commitment to protect fragile ecosystems for future generations.

The Foundation’s diverse activities are governed by a single, over-arching belief: Our gestures define us.

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The Board

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, President, Executive Chairman, Émile Hermès SARL

Ménéhould de Bazelaire, Director Cultural Heritage, Hermès International

Gilles Boeuf, Professor, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris; scientific adviser to the director of the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Paris; scientific adviser to France’s minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea

Valérie Burguière, Human Resources Development Manager, Hermès Femme; Staff representative, Hermès Sellier

Ina Delcourt, International Media Director, Hermès International

Edna Dumas, Journalist

Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Artistic Director, Hermès International

Bernhardt Eichner, Managing Director, Hermès Service Group; Deputy Treasurer of the Foundation

Pierre Fleuriot, Chief Executive Officer, PCF Conseil & Investissement

Jérôme Fougeras de Lavergnolle, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Cristallerie Saint-Louis; Treasurer of the Foundation

Olivier Fournier, Executive Vice-President Compliance and Organisation Development, Hermès International; President of the Foundation

Julie Guerrand, President, H51

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; Director of the Foundation

Cyrille Violot, General Counsel, Hermès Asia; Staff Representative, Hermès International

Marc Voinchet, Director, France Musique Radio, Paris

The Team

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