Feb 26 2007

Dassault Systèmes Executive Elected President of French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas

Charlotte, N.C., USA, February 26, 2007 - Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Isabelle Estebe, its director for strategic partner marketing, has been elected president of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas.  The French-American Chamber of Commerce is a bi-national, non-profit organization that aims to help improve economic, commercial and financial ties between France and the Carolinas area of the United States. 

“The French-American Chamber of the Carolinas fills a critical role in bringing together French and American businesses on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Philippe Ardanaz, consul general of France and French trade commissioner, based in Atlanta, GA.  “It facilitates the transfer of business opportunities between the French and American economies and enables communication between its members, the trade and economic offices of France, and U.S. and federal agencies.”

Members of the Chamber include businesses such as Areva, BDO Seidman LLP, Goodrich, BioMérieux, Air France, KPMG, Scynexis and Wachovia.   

“Dassault Systèmes is one of France’s leading technology companies and has been a major presence in Charlotte, North Carolina for some time now.  The increased involvement of its executives in French-American relations is a great thing for the Carolinas,” said Millie Cox, honorary consul of France in Charlotte.” Isabelle’s election to the presidency of the Chamber bodes well for the cross-cultural and business activities it encourages between our two countries.”

“I’ve seen the power of a strong international business network at Dassault Systèmes both before and after moving to the Carolinas,” said chamber president Isabelle Estebe.  “And I am determined to continue strengthening international business opportunities for the local, regional and national communities which the Chamber serves.”

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