Board of Trustees

  • President

    Victor-André Masséna, Prince d'Essling

    Victor-André Masséna, Prince d'Essling, Duc de Rivoli, is a direct descendant of Maréchal André Masséna. He was born on 29 April 1950. With a background in law (Masters, DESS) and a degree from Sciences-Po Paris, he also studied Business Economics (INSEAD) and was taught at the Institut des Hautes études de la Défense Nationale. His career in the private sector began at the Paris bar and continued with important posts in several companies (Aérospatiale, Fauré-Lepage). From 1994 onwards, he worked on several missions abroad on behalf of the government and other international organisations: he was Economics and Business Advisor with the French Embassy in Bosnia, attaché to the High Respresentative in Bosnia-Herzegovina, attaché to Carl Bildt, special representative of the Secretary General of the UN for the Balkans. He joined the Board of Directors of the Fondation Napoléon on 10 February 2004, and was elected President on 13 December 2005, replacing Baron Gourgaud. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Musée de l’Armée [French Army Museum] and since 1988 has been the Vice-President of that museum (of which the President is the Military Governor of Paris). Victor-André Masséna carries the Croix de la Valeur Militaire. He is an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur and an Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite.

Standing Committee

  • Vice-president

    Olivier Fouquet, Section Head at the Conseil d'État

  • Secretary

    Guy Carrieu, President of the Souvenir napoléonien

  • Treasurer

    Count Nicolas Walewski

  • Assistant Treasurer

    Marina van der Auwera, Representative of Souvenir napoléonien

Board of trustees

  • Arnaud Teyssier

    Inspector General of the French Administration, Associate Professor at the ENS, Representative of the Minister of the Interior

  • General Robert Bresse

    Former Director of the Musée de l’Armée, Paris (2003-2011)

  • M. Christian Fileaux

    Representative of Souvenir napoléonien

  • Nicolas Georges

    Director of Books and Reading (du Livre et de la Lecture), Representative of the Minister for Culture

  • Jean-François Hébert

    Conseiller d’État, General Director of Heritage, Representative of the Minister for Culture

  • Alain Pigeard

    Representative of Souvenir napoléonien

  • Régis Rouillier

    Representative of Souvenir napoléonien

Honorary Administrators

  • The statutes of the Fondation Napoléon authorise the Conseil d’Administration [Board of Trustees] to bestow honours to administrators who have fulfilled two mandates of six years within the institution. In the same way, two mandates of president can lead to the title of honorary president. This is how Baron Gourgaud (1927-2010), the Fondation’s President from 1987 to 2005, was Honorary President from 2005 to 2010. There are currently four Honorary Administrators: Professor Jean Tulard, member of the Institut, Jean-Claude Lachnitt (†), Dr. Maurice Bernard-Catinat, Bernard Chevallier, Jacques Macé and Philippe Bélaval.

last update 31 January 2024