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FraMaLux alumni connect in Paris

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With the French language as a common feature, the FraMaLux region (France, the Maghreb and Luxembourg) forms a unique connection between the mature markets of Europe and Africa’s emerging markets.

In France, the EY Alumni network has nearly 5,000 members and is growing about 15% per year. The annual Alumni Night is always a much looked-forward-to event, typically attracting some 800 alumni and EY people for an exclusive networking event in a unique venue. The most recent Paris Night, held in early June, was at the Concert Hall Salle Gaveau and included a performance by the International Philharmonic Orchestra.

To enhance the effectiveness of its efforts, in 2012 the French Alumni Relations team conducted a major online survey to assess the wants and needs of its members. The respondents demonstrated a strong commitment to EY and a willingness to help vitalize and expand the network. They will have the opportunity to do so thanks to a growing number of alumni events, including industry-oriented meetings, management courses, debates, guided exhibition tours, sports club activities and the like.

In addition, as a reflection of EY’s strong commitment to entrepreneurs, the French network is creating “Club Alumni entrepreneurs” in support of our alumni entrepreneurs who drive growth and innovation.

Alumni relations in the Maghreb, which includes Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, are also developing nicely. And while Luxembourg may be one of the world’s smallest countries, we have a sizable and active alumni network there (about 1,400 alums). This past June, Luxembourg Managing Partner Alain Kinsch welcomed Marianne Abib-Pech, former CFO of a large multinational, to its annual alumni event. She spoke on the themes of leadership and entrepreneurship.

EY- Portrait Jean Pierre Letartre

Meet Jean-Pierre Letartre - Managing Partner, FraMaLux

Managing Partner of EY’s FraMaLux region, Jean-Pierre Letartre oversees operations in France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. We asked Jean-Pierre about the region’s growing significance as a bridge between established European and emerging African markets, as well as the importance of alumni relations in the area.

Q: Can you tell us a little about your career?

Shortly after my arrival at EY in 1985, 
I established the practice for the Northern region of France, located in Lille. At the time I made partner in 1990, I was in charge of the development and management of EY activities across all regional offices and later responsible for developing our services for rapid-growth companies. In 2005, I was appointed Managing Partner for France, and since 2008, I have served as Managing Partner for the FraMaLux area (France, the Maghreb, Luxembourg).

Q: What challenges is EY currently facing in your region?

Despite the crisis in Europe and the current uncertainty regarding the evolution of our environment, our results are quite satisfactory. In 2012, we were able to maintain and even strengthen our leading position in our various service lines. Thanks to the agility of our organization, the scope of our net-work and the relevance of our offerings, we were able to differentiate ourselves in the way we serve our clients.

Still, we remain vigilant about the evolution of our business and of the market. At the European level, the Green Paper on audit policy is still under discussion. We continue to work with other impacted firms and European lawmakers to ensure our views are represented.

Q: What is on your agenda for the upcoming years?

In this challenging economic environment, we are more convinced than ever that it is necessary to reaffirm what constitutes our DNA: we are a multidisciplinary firm that provides high-value services, recruits and trains the most competent and efficient teams, while investing in its communities. For 2013 and beyond, we will focus our efforts in this direction. I am certain that this is how we can strengthen our leading position and maintain the attractiveness of our firm among young graduates.

Our commitment to supporting entrepreneurship is also a core priority. Last year in France, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® award. My hope is that we continue to support these talented men and women — who combine ability and innovation to create jobs and growth — for many years. Beyond the borders of Europe, the integration of France and Luxembourg with the Maghreb gives us unique access to the African continent, which is on a continuing growth trajectory. This asset can put us in a position to help our customers seize new investment opportunities.

Q: Why are alumni relations so important?

I often tell our younger professionals, wherever their career at EY may take them, whether they evolve internally to become a director or partner or seek new opportunities elsewhere, it will be a life-long experience. They will be proud to belong to the EY family, and this pride is the very raison d’être of our EY alumni network. The constant growth of the alumni network is evidence of this commitment. We strive to provide our alumni with many opportunities to exchange experiences and viewpoints. In my opinion, alumni relations are much more than networking, they are an essential element of our corporate culture.

 

Alumni from the EY Nantes office

Every year, Alumni Night in Paris attracts some 800 alumni and EY partners and directors. This past year the event was held at the Concert Hall Salle Gaveau.


The EY FraMaLux practice at a glance:

  • 18 offices, including 13 in France, 1 in Luxembourg, 1 in Monaco and 3 in the Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco
and Tunisia)
  • Approximately 6,700 people sharing a common language and history
  • Strong French business communities in Luxembourg and the Maghreb, which serve as a springboard for growth potential toward Africa