Highest French Distinction conferred on Mr Sunand Sharma
Highest French Distinction “Knight of the Legion of Honour” conferred on Mr Sunand Sharma, former Country President, India & South Asia and Chairman, Alstom India.
New Delhi, 17 February 2016
The French Government has appointed Mr Sunand Sharma Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), the highest French civilian distinction, in recognition of his outstanding achievements as Country President, India & South Asia and Chairman, Alstom India, from 2006 to 2014.
During his tenure, Alstom, with headquarters in France and an over 100-year history in India, went through transformative change in the region with unprecedented expansion. Alstom India developed its activities in new sectors such as hydroelectricity and invested in “Make in India”. The employee strength (more than 1,200 employees) grew to being the second largest for the company outside France. In terms of total business, the company moved from a few hundred million euros to 2 billion euros annually.
Mr. Sharma also served as President of the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry for two terms as well as chaired and served on various committees of the CII and FICCI as well as on the CII National Council and FICCI National Executive Committee, during his tenure with Alstom.
On behalf of the President of the French Republic, Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr François Richier, conferred the distinction on Mr Sunand Sharma, at a ceremony on Wednesday, 17th February 2016.
Created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Legion of Honour is the highest civilian award given by the French Republic for outstanding service, regardless of the nationality of the recipients. The President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the Order of the Legion of Honour.