Meet FACCI's VIC President: Anouk Poelmann

Discover the portrait of Anouk Poelmann, President of FACCI VIC Chapter, in this exclusive interview.

The French-Australian Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce you to our VIC Chapter president. Discover the exclusive interview of Anouk Poelmann, in which she describes her role and experience.


What is your career background?

"I became the Managing Director of Renault Australia in April 2019, after holding a number of senior leadership and management positions in Europe and internationally, in automotive import, distribution and retail. I hold a Masters’ degree in Finance and Commercial Economics and am a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors."


When did you join FACCI?

"I had been a FACCI member for several years before joining the FACCI VIC Council in October 2019. I was appointed FACCI VIC President in December 2019."


What was/were the reasons/motivations for which you wanted to get involved?

"As the Managing Director of Renault Australia – a fully owned subsidiary of Groupe Renault – I have a strong link with multiple stakeholders both here and in France. I feel I can personally contribute to developing and fostering commercial relations between both countries. It also provides a vehicle to raise Renault’s profile and increase the brand I am very proud to lead."


What are your role and mission at FACCI?

"I am the President of the VIC Chapter and a Federal Board member. I believe in a strategic, practical and inclusive approach. Working alongside my board members and councillors, we all share the same vision to help each other and focus on business growth as well as expanding the FACCI network, adding more value to its members."


What is for you, the key for success?

"Growing the FACCI network, creating new opportunities through regular networking and flagship events, bringing together members representing an industry sector or common business interest, and creating new business opportunities."


What is the most challenging/biggest challenge for you?

"Clearly, the COVID-19 situation has presented a huge challenge. FACCI was able to adapt and quickly create a portal specifically designed to assist members with their particular COVID-19 situation. Going forward, I want to create an environment that fosters growth for French businesses here in Australia and continue to grow a strong member base."


What is the main upcoming project/event in your state?

"One major benefit of the COVID-19 situation is it has opened our eyes to the cost benefits of virtual meetings. We are all comfortable conducting meetings with softwares such as Zoom. It opens the door for webinars and meetings involving FACCI members with representatives from France. I am looking forward to organising a series of events that take advantage of this ‘new normal’ way of conducting business."

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