SA side of my Family going back generations is of French Huguenot descent.
My working connections with France spans the drinks industry, food world and tourism/hotels/ property development.
I was born in Cape Town, educated in SA but have visited France many times and worked with French companies and their worldwide brands in the marketing/communications/biz development, working in both London and Paris. Some examples: Martell Cognac, Janneau Grand Armagnac, Mumm Champagne and Perrier-Jouet Champagne; and, the European Glutamate Manufacturers Association which included Orsan, the leading MSG producer in Europe.
Created the launch of L'Art de Martell at the Eiffel Tower, a first for Seagram International, the global parent company of Martell (at the time).
Tourism: Subsequently worked with French hotel groups and French property development company to gain their interest and participation of their brands in South Africa.
Kilpatrick Thomson International / GrowAfrica
- 25 years plus working experience in SA, Europe, USA and Africa.
- Marketing, communications, creating brands and biz development.
- Specialist writer/editor/author:
researches and writes across the board for publications, and biz industry documentation including presentations, annual reports, blogs, media materials, forecasts, power-points.