Board of Trustees

  • President

    Victor-André Masséna, Prince of Essling

    Victor-André Masséna, Prince of Essling, Duc de Rivoli, is a direct descendant of Maréchal André Masséna. He was born on the 29th 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 Napoleon on the 10th February 2004, and was elected present on the 13th December 2005, replacing Baron Gourgaud. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Musée de l’Armée and, since 1988, has been the vice-president of this museum (of which the president is the military governor of Paris). Victor-André Masséna carries the Croix de la Valeur Militaire. He is a chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and an officer of the Ordre national du Mérite.

Board of trustees

  • Vice-president

    Olivier Fouquet, Section Head at the Conseil d'État

  • Secretary

    Alain Pigeard, President of Souvenir napoléonien

  • Treasurer

    Count Nicolas Walewski

  • Joint Treasurer

    Jacques Macé, Representative of Souvenir napoléonien

  • Honorary Administrators

    The statutes of the Fondation Napoléon authorise the Conseil d’administration to bestow honors 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 and Bernard Chevallier.

  • Secretary

    Alain Pigeard, President of Souvenir napoléonien

  • Joint Treasurer

    Jacques Macé, Representative of Souvenir napoléonien

  • Philippe Belaval

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

  • General Robert Bresse

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

  • Guy Carrieu

    Representative of Souvenir napoléonien

  • Nicolas Georges

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

  • Jean-Michel Mehnert

    Honorary prefect, Representative of the Minister of the Interior, Representative of the Interior Ministry

  • Gérard Moyaux

    Representative of Souvenir napoléonien

  • Doctor Jacques Palombo

    Representative of Souvenir napoléonien

Honorary Administrators

  • The statutes of the Fondation Napoléon authorise the Conseil d’administration to bestow honors 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 and Bernard Chevallier.