Marie-Monique Steckel

As President of the French Institute Alliance Française in New York City since 2004, Marie-Monique Steckel spearheaded a revitalization of the organization through a $20 million renovation and expansion of the building. Prior to that, she created the French Industrial Development Agency (now Invest in France) in the United States, went on to found and become the President of France Telecom North America and finally served as Ronald S. Lauder's (son of Estée Lauder) senior advisor on his private staff. On the other side of the Atlantic, she worked with Jacques Chirac as the National Director of Communication at the creation of the RPR in 1977.

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