Dassault Systèmes is a global company operating in more than 140 countries, but our company roots are in France. So when the newly-appointed Ambassador of France to the US made a visit to the Boston area in early April, we were honored by his visit to our North American headquarters.
During his first official trip to Boston, Ambassador Gérard Araud made a point to visit with French-based businesses in the area. After stopping in Cambridge to visit the new Ipsen Bioscience R&D facility, he arrived to our Waltham campus along with his official delegation, which included Consul General of France in Boston Fabien Fieschi; Financial Counselor Alexandre Baclet; Science and Technology Counselor Dr. Minh-Ha Pham; and Scientific Attaché to the French Consulate in Boston Jean-Jacques Yarmoff.
Our executive team met with Ambassador Araud for almost two hours, and used the time to present some of our recent accomplishments, including the Living Heart Project, our recreation of the D-Day Normandy invasion, and our Perfect Shelf 3D design software for store shelves. We also discussed our support of COP21, an annual international meeting of government officials from more than 190 countries – as well as intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies and NGOs – to implement a meaningful and lasting global response to climate change. COP21 is being held in Paris this December, and Dassault Systèmes is taking a major role with some of the key businesses and organizations that are committed to making a change with sustainability initiatives.
This wasn’t the first time our office has been honored by a state-sponsored visit – Ambassador Araud’s predecessor François Delattre was on-hand for the official opening of our Waltham campus in 2011. It is important the French government understands Dassault Systèmes’ innovation and successes in North America, and ensures that when Ambassador Araud meets with other businesses across North America (and around the world), he can proactively present the benefits of what the 3DEXPERIENCE can bring to their businesses.[cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf]