Le Prix Charbonnier

The Prix Charbonnier, the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA’s most prestigious award, was created in 1991 to recognize M. Daniel Charbonnier of San Francisco, a past President of the Federation, who exemplified all of the best qualities of this organization. The purpose of the Prix Charbonnier, to be given from time to time as appropriate at the Federation’s Annual Meeting and Convention, is to recognize persons of national stature and reputation whose vocation or avocation has promoted French language and culture in a manner consistent with the goals and purpose of the Federation. The recipient need not be a member of an Alliance Française. A committee established by the Board of Directors of the Federation nominates the candidate for the Prix Charbonnier.

2016 Prix Charbonnier: Hubert Joly

Hubert Joly

Hubert Joly is chairman and CEO of Best Buy Co. Inc., the leading retailer of technology products, services and solutions, with approximately 1600 stores in North America and more than $40 billion in annual revenue. Since joining Best Buy in September 2012, Mr. Joly has led the company’s Renew Blue transformation. As a result, Best Buy has delivered improved domestic comparative sales and profit; an increase in customer satisfaction and employee morale; an enhanced in‐store experience with the addition of thousands of shops‐in‐shop developed in partnership with many of the world’s leading technology companies; and, a richer online shopping experience on BestBuy.com.

Before joining Best Buy, Mr. Joly was CEO of Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company. He previously led Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Vivendi Universal Games and Electronic Data Systems’ French business. He serves on the boards of Ralph Lauren Corp., the Retail Industry Leaders Association and the Minnesota Business Partnership.

Upon his arrival in Minneapolis in 2008, Mr. Joly became a member and advocate of the local Alliance Française chapter. His involvement has raised the visibility and awareness of the AF Minneapolis/St Paul in the community. His contributions include co‐hosting art exhibits and receptions for visiting French artists, an imperative role in the revivification of the annual gala benefit, serving on the best baguette of the Twin Cities jury, donating hundreds of books to the AFMSP library and support for Les Djeunes, a club designed for high school students to experience and practice French outside of the classroom. Currently, he serves as the Honorary Chair of AFMSP’s capital campaign, Vive l’Alliance.

Outside of the Alliance Française, Mr. Joly has served on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where he facilitated exhibits of Matisse, Delacroix and other French masters, as well as the collection the Louvre and the Masterpiece, and led a symposium in 2010 as part of the Year of France in Minnesota, in partnership with the Minnesota International Center (now Global Minnesota) and the local French‐American Chamber of Commerce.

Prix Charbonnier Recipients

(with year & convention location)
Hubert Joly · 2016 (Minneapolis)
Chairman & CEO of Best Buy
Jacques Pépin · 2015 (San Francisco)
Chef & Cookbook Author
Stephen Breyer · 2014 (Washington DC)
Associate Justice
Patricia Wells · 2013 (Chicago)
Cookbook Author
David McCollough · 2012 (Providence)
Patrice Courtaban · 2011 (Louisville)
Chief Operating Officer of TV5MONDE USA
Comte Gilbert de Pusy de La Fayette · 2010 (New Orleans)
Remi (Ratatouille) · 2009 (Chicago)
Brad Bird, Pixar Pictures
Louis Kyle · 2008 (Naples)
France Today, France Amérique
Jane Robert · 2007 (Milwaukee)
Past President, Federation of Alliances Françaises
Ambassador Jean-David Levitte · 2006 (St. Louis)
French Ambassador to the United States
M. Howard Leach · 2005 (San Francisco)
American Ambassador to France · 2001-2005
M. Pierre Cardin · 2004 (Washington DC)
Groupe Pierre Cardin
M. André Cointreau · Président · 2003 (Boston)
Le Cordon Bleu
Mme Hedwige Cointreau de Bouteville · 2003 (Boston)
President of Pierre Deux
Mr. John H. F. Haskell, Jr. · 2002 (Paris)
President of French Institute/Alliance Française of New York
M. Jean-Louis Turlin · 2001 (Albuquerque)
President of French Press · France Amérique
Mme Anne Prah-Perochon · 2001 (Albuquerque)
Editor in Chief  of French Press · France Today
Mme Marie Galanti · 2001 (Albuquerque)
Directrice de la Publication · French Press · Journal Français
Mr. David M. Thoms · 1999 (Washington DC)
Past President of the Federation · French Community Philanthropist
Mrs. Eleanor Reynolds Morse
Past President of the Federation
Founder · Salvador Dali Art Museum (St. Petersburg, Florida)
M. Pierre Howard · 1998 (Atlanta)
French Cultural Promotion
Mr. Malcolm Wiseheart · 1996 (Miami)
French Cultural Philanthropist
Mr. John H. Bryan · 1992 (Chicago)
President Sara Lee, Inc.
Mrs. Eleanor Wood-Prince · 1992 (Chicago)
French Community Philanthropist
Mrs. Julia Child · 1991 (Washington DC)
International Chef and Cookbook Author