Humanity in Action Honored Patricia Barbizet, Corinne Mentzelopoulos and Ron Chernow

November 09, 2012 | hia programs, fundraising, new york

Humanity in Action is pleased to announce that it honored Mme Patricia Barbizet, Mme Corinne Mentzelopoulos and Mr. Ron Chernow at its fall benefit on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the Consulate General of France in New York City.

Patricia Barbizet is Chief Executive Officer of Artémis, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of PPR and Chairman of Christie’s International. After graduating from the École supérieure de commerce de Paris, Patricia began her career within the Renault Group as treasurer of Renault Véhicules Industriels, after which she became the CFO of Renault Crédit International. She joined the Pinault Group in 1989 as CFO and has held the position of CEO of Artémis since 1992. Artémis is the investment company of the Pinault family; it has a controlling stake in PPR Group and owns strategic assets such as Christie’s auction house and Château Latour. Patricia is also Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement (French Sovereign Fund), and has been an independent member of the Board of Directors of Total since 2008 and of Air France-KLM since 2003. Patricia has been awarded the rank of Officier in the Légion d’Honneur and Commandeur in the Ordre National du Mérite.

Having obtained a BA in Humanities and an MBA at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, Corinne Mentzelopoulos started her career at Havas, a major French advertising company, before taking over the management of the famous Bordeaux First Growth Château Margaux in 1980, upon the death of her father, André Mentzelopoulos, who had bought the property three years earlier. Surrounded by the great team of Château Margaux, Corinne has been running the company from Paris for over thirty years in a spirit of long-term commitment to excellence. She has been honoured with several awards and distinctions such as being named Officier of the Légion d’Honneur, a distinction established by Napoleon in 1802 to pay homage to individuals who have achieved excellence in their field. She is a Trustee of the Salk Institute and of the American University of Paris.

Ron Chernow has been hailed as “one of the pre-eminent biographers of his generation” (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch) and “America’s best business biographer” (Fortune magazine). The House of Morgan won the National Book Award as the best nonfiction book of 1990 and is considered a modern classic, while The Warburgs won the prestigious George S. Eccles Prize for the best business book of 1993 and was cited by the American Library Association as one of the year’s ten best works. Mr. Chernow’s biographies of John D. Rockefeller (Titan, 1998), Alexander Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton, 2004) and George Washington (Wasington: A Life, 2010) have all been met with tremendous praise and numerous awards. Washington was honored with the Pulitzer Prize in Biography, and also earned Mr. Chernow the American History Book Prize for the best book about American history published in 2010, endowing him with the honorary title of American Historian Laureate. Mr. Chernow recently served as president of PEN American Center and he currently sits on the executive board of the Society of American Historians.

To read Ron Chernow's remarks from this event, please click here.

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