About Helen

Helen ForlaniHelen is 47, married with 3 children, 3 step daughters, and is even a step grandmother ! Born from a Spanish mother and Irish father, married to a Frenchman  she considers herself an international multi-cultural personality. Helen is an energetic and positive character, who has become an entrepreneur who finds motivation in each daily challenge.

She worked passionately for 12 years in fragrances becoming Training and Communication Manager, teaching training techniques and representing her brands in events around the world, but after her MBA in a large multinational company, she felt that her capacities were not given the right opportunities when she choose motherhood.  To balance the career as well as starting a family she joined the family company.

She has successfully helped to bring around several small companies, managing the organization, strategy and financial leverage to build value and growth. She has participated in LBO’s and sold a company to a large French Industrialist of the Paris Stock Exchange, helping to organise the merger within the group.

Helen has returned to her first passion of fine fragrances. She consults for Fragrance companies to help set up European strategy of new business development and world wide distribution. She is an independent Board Member on several small companies and has been a Board member on a subsidiary of Ingenico (EuroNext), and is available to work as an Non-executive Board member helping challenge the management for growth with a new point of view.

Helen has created a luxury ski holiday brand, the first in Chamonix. She manages and rents a top of the range ski chalet holidays for Alpine holiday, management seminars, incentive weekends etc. (www.chaletlescimes.com).

She is chief editor of the local Newsletter, Le Myarolan, in her village of Mies.

She is an active member of CWF (Career Woman’s Forum) participating in the promotion of WOMEN ON BOARD. She is part of the  Global Board Ready Women list, set up by the Eu Commissioner Viviane Reading and administered by the Executive FT Club. Founding ambassador to the Cercle Suisses des Administratrices www.csda.ch , Helen is always available to animate seminars and create new contacts for business development.

Graduating from the Luxury Brand MBA at ESSEC (1997), Helen has travelled extensively throughout Europe, USA, South America and Asia, and is fluent in English, Spanish and French. She also helps to organise the Golf tournament and Gala Event for the ASAGE (Association Suisse des Amis Grandes Ecoles).