Ian Cheshire, Group CEO of Kingfisher plc, officially received the insignia of the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (National Order of Merit) at a private reception hosted by Bernard Emié, French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, at the Ambassador’s Residence in London on Monday.
The honour was granted to Ian for his significant contribution to the strengthening of economic and commercial links between France and the UK. It is also a tribute to the numerous initiatives which he has taken, over a long period of time, to confirm the central role France plays in the success of Kingfisher.
Speaking at the event, Ian Cheshire said: “I am very honoured to accept this award. I accept it on behalf of the entire team at Kingfisher, since it is recognition of our work in creating a uniquely successful Anglo-French company. This is our collective achievement, not mine personally.
“In particular I would like to thank my French colleagues for the way they have contributed to our success. Together the best of the French culture and the British culture is creating a unique international retailer that is already the leader in Europe with great opportunities ahead of us.”
The honour of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (National Order of Merit) is an Order of State, granted by the French President.