Marc Mourre awarded insignia of the Légion d’Honneur [fr]
London, 22 April 2015
On Monday 20 April, surrounded by guests from all over the world at her Residence, Ambassador Bermann awarded the insignia of Chevalier in the Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur to Marc Mourre.
M. Bernard Emié, Mme Bermann’s predecessor, had proposed awarding this high distinction to M. Mourrer for his remarkable career. M. Mourre had already been appointed Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in January 2010.
After a post as cultural attaché in Hong Kong, Marc Mourre returned to France and joined the oil company Elf Aquitaine, attracted by its international dimension. His taste for challenges and international relations led him to take charge of trading and marketing for Europe at Morgan Stanley. The company then provided him with the opportunity to go back to Asia, taking on new responsibilities. In 1995, he returned to London as global head of marketing and commodities activity development and became Managing Director of Morgan Stanley. Since 2008, he has been Vice-Chairman of Commodities, in charge of strategic relations with the boards of major clients and sovereign and private equity funds, making him one of France’s most famous bankers.
This busy professional career has not stopped M. Mourre from demonstrating a constant commitment to the global reach of France and its culture. Having lived in London for almost 20 years, he has made a significant contribution to promoting France, raising funds for the French Institute in the United Kingdom and becoming chairman of the Friends of the French Institute. He has also been involved in France’s economic diplomacy. Since 2007, he has been a member of the French Foreign Trade Advisers’ body in the UK, helping to draw up several reports for their banking, financial advice, insurance and pensions group.
In her speech, Ambassador Bermann paid tribute to Marc Mourre with these words: “You are a committed, tireless benefactor, and your action shows that philanthropy gives a vital boost to the cultural cause”.