Highest French Distinction conferred on Shri Anil Chaudhry
On behalf of the President of the French Republic, H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, conferred the highest French civilian distinction, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), on Shri Anil Chaudhry, Managing Director and Country President, Schneider Electric India, on Monday, 18th April 2016.
New Delhi, 18 April 2016
This honour comes in recognition of Mr Chaudhry’s significant body of work, spanning three decades, for French business interest in India and in the world, in the field of infrastructural development, climate change, Indo-French economic relations and skill development.
Anil Chaudhry was born in Ambala, Haryana, in 1961. He holds an engineering degree from the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, and pursued executive management programmes from Harvard Business School and Stanford Business School.
Mr Chaudhry’s professional ties with France are longstanding. He was Vice-President - Sales Force Areva T&D in India, before being transferred to France in 2007 until June 2010, when Areva T&D was acquired by Schneider and he was appointed Senior Vice President – Global Sales. In this capacity, he oversaw the global sales organisation of the infrastructure business unit as well as the establishment of an R&D centre with an international outreach.
His experience earned him in March 2013 promotion to the post of Managing Director and Country President, Schneider Electric India, which today employs a workforce of 21,000 with over 1500 dedicated R&D staff, and has an industrial footprint of 29 factories.
The Legion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour), created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, is the highest civilian award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France, 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.