Anne-Sophie Gueguen, Head of School and Founder
After 10 years of experience in corporate communications and events organization for the French Steel Industry, Anne-Sophie Gueguen joined the European Commission to launch the advertising campaign that introduced the Euro. She and her husband Jean-François lived in Miami, Florida then moved to Haworth, New Jersey in 2002. She is the mother of Malo, Arthur, Lola and Maya and is committed to keeping the French language and culture alive in the hearts and minds of her children and the students at The French American Academy. In 2011, Anne-Sophie has been named “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques”.
Jean-Jacques Louis is Senior Vice-President of Corporate Strategy at The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic and financial analyses and execution of all corporate and business unit investments such as merger and acquisitions, joint-ventures and other business combinations.
Jean-Jacques has been a financial professional in the capital markets and investment banking industries since 1992. Prior to joining NASDAQ OMX in 2004, he was an M&A banker with UBS Investment bank in New York, NY in its Financial Institutions Group. In this role, Jean-Jacques provided counsel and executed a number of US and international transactions in the financial institutions, financial technology and broker-dealer industries.
He started his career with Viel Tradition where he led the development of the short-term interest rate derivatives desk (interest rate swaps, forward rate agreements, swaptions, cap/floor). Viel Tradition is one the largest interbank dealers in the world. Jean-Jacques received a Master of Science in Management from the Reims School of Management at Reims, France and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business in Hanover, NH.
Michael is the CTO and co-founder of Gilt Groupe www.gilt.com, an innovative online shopping destination offering its members special access to the most inspiring merchandise, culinary offerings, and experiences every day, many at insider prices. Gilt continually searches the world for the most coveted brands and products, including fashion for women, men, and children; home decor; artisanal ingredients; hotels and travel experiences on every continent; and unique activities in a growing list of cities and destinations. We believe that every day is an opportunity to inspire and be inspired. Michael has built Gilt’s technology platform to support massive bursts of traffic as sales start every day at noon. He holds a BSc and Masters in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Alain Pilet was born and raised in Angers, France. He spent 16 years in the Paris area before moving to Switzerland in 1989 and then to the USA in 1993. He has 40 years’ experience working in the finance field, both for international Corporations and nonprofit organizations. He is currently Chief Administrative Officer at the French Heritage Society in New York City. Alain, his wife Florence, and his two children (who both attend FAA and are bilingual) have been residents of Hillsdale, NJ since 1994.
Didier is the President and Founder of White Toque, located in Secaucus, NJ, importing specialty food for the food service in USA and Canada since 1992. He is married and has 4 children.
Kate has 16 years of professional experience working in marketing, communications, fundraising and business strategy for corporations, government entities and non-profits. She has raised millions of dollars for non-profits and political campaigns. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Institutional Advancement and head girls varsity ice hockey coach at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge. She lives in Morristown with her husband and four sons – two of whom attend the FAA.