Pernod Ricard India CEO is president of Indo-French commerce body

Jean Touboul elected in Mumbai

Jean Touboul, CEO, Pernod Ricard India, elected as president of the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IFCCI)

The Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI) has announced the election of Jean 

Touboul, CEO of Pernod Ricard India, a  premium spirits company, as its president during the 46th annual general meeting held in Mumbai.

The event was attended by Devendra Fadnavis, deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, and Thierry Mathou, ambassador-designate of France to India, along with over 300 influential C-level business leaders from the Indo-French business community.

IFCCI is a bilateral chamber dedicated to fostering mutually beneficial trade relations between India and France. 

On this occasion, IFCCI felicitated Fadnavis for his tremendous support and contribution for creating an investment friendly ecosystem in Maharashtra thus making it a favorable destination for FDI in the country. Specifically, his role in strengthening French investments and in fostering ease of doing business for French companies in the State of Maharashtra, resulting in a boost of bilateral trade and numerous job opportunities in the State.

Addressing the gathering, Fadnavis said, “Delighted to have been felicitated with this important honor. Thank you IFCCI for recognizing our contribution and encouraging us. Dedicate this award to all my industrial workers, it is due to their effort and that of the owners who run these units, Maharashtra today is the most industrialized state in the country. Driven by huge local demand, best infrastructure in the country, most competitive and reliable incentives, Policy and political stability and the most skilled human resource, Maharashtra has the highest probability of your business to be successful. Assure all investors that Ease of doing Business is Topmost priority of this Government.”

French companies have made substantial investments in India, concurrently generating sustainable and significant employment opportunities in the country. The 25-year-old strategic partnership between India and France, rooted in mutual trust and comprehensive cooperation, has witnessed remarkable growth in the political, cultural, and economic spheres.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Bastille Day celebration in Paris as the Guest of Honor on 14 July, marking a historic occasion where an Indian military contingent proudly participated alongside French troops in the military parade on Champs Elysees. This was followed by the second official visit to India of the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, during G20 last month. 

Mathou added, “My warmest congratulations to Jean Touboul on his election as President of IFCCI, and my heartfelt thanks to Sumeet Anand for steering IFCCI so ably these past years, and growing it into one of France’s most active bilateral chambers of commerce in the world. I am impressed by the dynamism of the Indo-French business community. These business ties contribute directly to the France-India strategic partnership, through our commitment to investing together in the sectors of the future, fostering innovation, and developing sustainable solutions.”

Jean Touboul takes over the IFCCI presidency from Mr. Sumeet Anand, founder & CEO of IndSight Growth Partners.

Jean Touboul said, “This honor comes with a profound commitment – to continue collaborating to support businesses and cultivating opportunities for growth. We wholeheartedly embrace the Government’s vision of a self-reliant India, and it compels us to make substantial investments in the country, catalyzing economic prosperity and nurturing an innovation hub accessible to all. Our ultimate objective is to empower our fellow Indian citizens through employment generation. Additionally, a paramount priority is the advocacy of ethical and sustainable business practices that revolutionize our strategic approaches. Leveraging the rich entrepreneurial legacies of both India and France, we aspire to forge a thriving ecosystem, ensuring a resilient future for businesses across diverse sectors.”

As Pernod Ricard itself completes 30 years of its strong foothold in India, the election of Touboul serves as a testament to the ever-evolving landscape of commerce, profound innovation, and the deepening bond between these two nations.


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