Saint-Gobain: senior vice-president receives Phoenix Award

Claude Picot, senior vice-president of French glassmaking group Compagnie de Saint Gobain, was unanimously selected as the 31st recipient of the Phoenix Award for “Glass Person of the Year” in recogni…

Claude Picot, senior vice-president of French glassmaking group Compagnie de Saint Gobain, was unanimously selected as the 31st recipient of the Phoenix Award for “Glass Person of the Year” in recognition of his outstanding business acumen in bringing the group to the strategic forefront as a leading glass containers producer. Picot was awarded at a banquet held on 28 September at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Philadelphia US. Presenting the prestigious “Phoenix Award” on behalf of the membership of the Phoenix Award Selection Committee, chairman Dick Marshall expressed appreciation for Picot“s significant contribution to the glass industry in general, and the container segment in particular. Picot guides guides the Packaging Division of Saint-Gobain in the production of high-performance plastics, insulation, glass containers, piping, reinforcements, abrasives and industrial ceramics. The group is one of the top 100 industrial companies in the world, Compagnie de Saint-Gobuin had sales of US$ 26.6 billion in 2000. Saint Gobain has more than 170,000 employees in 46 countries. During the presentation of the award, Marshall talked about Picot“s career, explaining that “Claude, like so many in the glass industry, received his initiation into “Glass 101“ through employment with Corning Glass in 1963.” Picot joined Saint-Gobain in 1979 and presently holds positions worldwide, including president of the company“s Packaging Branch, chief executive officer of Saint-Gobuin Emballage, chairman of Saint-Gobain Containers, and is director of several Saint-Gobain subsidiaries. In acceptance of the Phoenix Award, Picot expressed his gratitude for being chosen as the “Glass Person of the Year”, stating “I am very proud, and happy to receive this award, but know that I share it with the Saint-Gobain people worldwide.” The Phoenix Award is an engraved Steuben glass replica of the Phoenix bird. Since 1971 the award has been bestowed on a person now living, who has been active in and has made significant and major contributions to any phase of the glass industry.