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Gérard Bocquenet - Director, Private Fundraising and Partnerships

Gérard Bocquenet

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Gérard Bocquenet, a French national, became Director of UNICEF’s Division of Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) in May 2014. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, PFP maximizes private income to UNICEF through fundraising and partnerships, and manages the strategic relationship with 34 National Committees for UNICEF in industrialized countries. PFP also implements global strategies in child rights advocacy, communication and brand positioning in National Committee countries through a range of partnerships, including with the media, business, civil society and young people.

Gérard Bocquenet previously held the position of Executive Director of the French Committee for UNICEF since January 2008. In that capacity, he also served on the Standing Group of National Committees, including as a Vice-Chair for two years.

Mr Bocquenet built his career in various French and US companies in the consumer goods sector. From 1998 to 2007 at the Thomson group, he was Executive Director for France and Benelux until 2003, and subsequently was the European Vice-President for consumer products.

In 1993, Mr Bocquenet joined Polaroid as Executive Director for France, before which he worked successively as Marketing Director of RCL (Lustucru), European Division Director at Nutrasweet, and General Manager at Corn Products Corporation (managing brands such as Maïzena and Alsa). Mr Bocquenet started his career with the BSN (Danone) group, where he held sales and marketing positions at Segma-Liebig Maille from 1976 to 1984.

In 1994, Mr Bocquenet contributed to the creation of ‘Quelque chose en plus’ (Something More), a non-governmental organization which establishes and manages specialized schools for poly handicapped children and teenagers. He has been the treasurer of the organization for 10 years.

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