Jean Louis Homé elected Chair of FLO Board

29 enero 2009

Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) is pleased to welcome Jean Louis Homé as Chair of its Board of Directors.  Jean Louis was elected at the Board’s annual meeting in December 2008, and succeeds Barbara Fiorito who served from 2006-2008.

Jean Louis brings very valuable experience to this new position.  He worked with Heineken as Director in charge of the African and Middle East operations for ten years, from 1993 to 2002, during which time the Africa and Middle East department became one of the most important contributors to the company profitability.  Following this, Jean Lou headed up the regional team which developed a global African strategy and implemented a program called STAMP (Strategic Advanced Management Program), which involved seven hundreds managers.  Before joining the headquarters in Amsterdam, Jean Louis was General Manager of the Heineken subsidiaries in Brazzaville and Kinshasa.

In 2000, Jean Louis founded Private Investors for Africa (PIA), which brought together a group of companies operating in Africa to engage a dialogue with the World Bank and IMF.  He chaired the PIA until his retirement in September 2002.

He is the author of the book “Le businessman et le conflit des grands lacs” which reports his experience as international manager confronted with the turbulences in central Africa in the 1990s.

Jean Louis used to be a Board member of PharmAccess, a Dutch NGO involved in HIV/AIDS treatment programs in Africa, and a member of the Ghana Investors Advisory Council of President Kufuor.  Jean Louis also engages in consultancy activities mainly dedicated to Africa and multicultural issues.

FLO also welcomes Molly Harriss Olson as the newest member of its Board of Directors.

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