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Philippe Vasseur accepts new role in Northern France

13 Jul 2016 | Front page, A region on the move

Philippe Vasseur has been named Special Commissioner for the Revitalization and Re-Industrialization of Northern France—the latest in a series of high-profile positions. The appointment brings new resources to the region and to our mission at Nord France Invest.

Putting Northern France first

Philippe Vasseur is a leading figure in Northern France, working as a journalist, Regional Council member, Minister of Agriculture under French President Jacques Chirac, local office holder, and president of the regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In a testament to his commitment to our region, he has now been named first Special Commissioner for the Revitalization and Re-industrialization of Northern France. The 18-month appointment—made jointly by Emmanuel Macron, French Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, and Xavier Bertrand, Chairman of the Northern France Regional Council—is the first of its kind in France.

Complementing the role of Nord France Invest                     

Mr. Vasseur’s new mission is to seek out buyers, investors and entrepreneurs interested in starting or relocating a business in Northern France. And as Special Commissioner he now has the authority to tap into revitalization funds and work directly with government offices at national and regional level.

This new position is fully compatible with Mr. Vasseur’s current role as Chairman of Nord France Invest (NFI), the economic development agency for Northern France. The agency already plays an active role in the region’s committee for revitalization and re-industrialization, which meets twice a month.

“To my mind, this new mission makes me a little like a commando fighting for regional industry,” says Philippe Vasseur. “I plan to build consensus, drawing on my experience as a local official, regional council member and head of a national ministry.”

 

 

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