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Agbu France District Honors Serge Tchuruk On The Occasion Of The 95th Anniversary

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  • Agbu France District Honors Serge Tchuruk On The Occasion Of The 95th Anniversary

    AGBU Press Office
    55 East 59th Street
    New York, NY 10022-1112
    Phone: 212.319.6383, x137
    Fax: 212.319.6507
    Email: [email protected]


    Friday, July 29, 2005


    Paris, France - On July 2, 2005, AGBU France District honored Serge
    Tchuruk, Chairman and CEO of the multinational corporation Alcatel and
    one of the world's most prominent business leaders of Armenian
    descent, on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of the Marseilles
    Chapter. Over 250 AGBU supporters and friends from Belgium, France,
    Lebanon, Russia, Syria and the United States attended the gala dinner
    at the Prefecture of Marseilles in the presence of Mr. Tchuruk, local
    political dignitaries and AGBU representatives.

    In attendance were AGBU President Berge Setrakian and wife Vera; AGBU
    Vice President Sarkis Demirdjian and wife Seta; AGBU Central Board
    Members Karnig Yacoubian and wife Ani, Sam Simonian and wife Sylva,
    Carol Aslanian, Michael Ansour and Aris Atamian; AGBU France District
    Committee Chairperson Denis Ketchedjian with District Committee
    Members Sona Attamian, Meliné Caumon, Mihran Chakardjian, Nadia
    Gortzounian and Michel Sabbagh; AGBU Marseilles Chairperson Bernard
    Besoian; and AGBU Chapter Chairpersons from Lyon, Saint-Etienne,
    Valence and Vienne.

    After welcoming remarks by Christian Fremond, Prefect of the
    Provence-Côte D'Azur region, and Bernard Besoian, keynote speaker
    Denis Ketchedjian said that, since the founding of AGBU in 1906 and
    the local Marseilles Chapter in 1910, the organization has remained
    committed to preserving and promoting the Armenian identity and
    heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs for
    the benefit of all Armenians. AGBU has faithfully upheld its long-term
    mission, while adapting to the current state of affairs; today, a new
    generation of Armenians is emerging - 90 years after the Armenian
    Genocide and emigration - who are well integrated and able to join the
    top echelons of society, while remaining loyal to their ancestry.

    An excellent model of his generation, Serge Tchuruk was a son of
    Armenian immigrants from Marseilles, France, steadfastly involved in
    AGBU and a graduate of the best French schools in Marseilles and
    Paris, including École Polytechnique, one of the most prestigious
    French Grandes Écoles. He has had an illustrious professional career
    in multinational corporations, including Mobil and Total, and since
    1995, has held the position of Chairman and CEO of Alcatel.

    Ketchedjian added that it would only be fitting that AGBU honor a
    child of the Marseilles Armenian community, whose mother had served
    for years as the Treasurer of the AGBU Marseilles Chapter, and who is
    a source of pride for all Armenians of his generation and an
    outstanding model for the new generation of young Armenians.

    Prior to decorating Tchuruk with AGBU Honor Membership and receiving
    the mark of distinction of the Armenian Church on behalf of His
    Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, Berge Setrakian
    commended AGBU France District for celebrating the success of Serge
    Tchuruk and holding him up as an example to the younger generation of
    the level of excellence Armenians are capable of when offered the

    After remarks of goodwill by former French Cabinet Minister, Patrick
    Devedjian, who was honored by AGBU France District in November 2003 in
    Paris, a very moved Tchuruk thanked AGBU and reiterated his pride in
    belonging to a martyred nation whose children and grandchildren have
    kept the culture alive in the Diaspora.

    Throughout the entire evening, a film on the life of Serge Tchuruk and
    the accomplishments of AGBU in Armenia and the Diaspora was
    screened. Thanks to the support of AGBU France District and the
    remarkable work of the Organizing Committee, notably Sona Attamian and
    Lucie Kouyoumdjian, along with Master of Ceremonies Jacky Nercessian -
    a French actor of Armenian descent who starred in Henri Verneuil's
    film "Mayrig" and was raised in Marseilles' Armenian community - the
    celebration was an extraordinary success.

    Established in 1906, AGBU ( is the world's largest
    non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City with
    an annual budget of $26 million, AGBU preserves and promotes the
    Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural, and
    humanitarian programs, annually serving some 400,000 Armenians in 34

    For more information on AGBU France District, please email
    [email protected] or visit
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