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Messe Frankfurt awards the 2022 prize of its foundation created by the Academy for Moral and Political Sciences to Bernadette and Paul Dodane.

13 Dec 2022

The Academy for Moral and Political Sciences of Paris awarded Bernadette and Paul Dodane, co-Presidents of CRISTEL, the Messe Frankfurt Prize on 7 November.

This exceptional prize is awarded each year to a person or legal entity who has particularly distinguished himself or herself in the promotion of humanist values and the social market economy.

On the occasion of this prestigious prize, a reception at the Academy, in honour of the Dodane couple and presided over by Mr Rémi Brague, President of the Academy for Moral and Political Sciences, Mr Jean-Robert Pitte, Permanent Secretary of the Academy for Moral and Political Sciences and President of the Messe Frankfurt Prize jury, Mr Frédéric Bougeard, President of Messe Frankfurt France and Mr Michael Scherpe, CEO of S.E.M.E SA, the official Messe Frankfurt delegation for France and Monaco, took place in the salons of the Institut de France in Paris on 12 December 2022.

We warmly congratulate Bernadette and Paul Dodane for this highly honorary award, which recognises their commitment and their atypical career in the creation and development of CRISTEL, as well as the book La Force d'y Croire written by Bernadette Dodane, which retraces the history of the company.

A most prestigious distinction for a book rich in lessons at all levels.

During their speeches, Mrs Dodane and her husband underlined the importance of the family and friendly support they have received throughout their entrepreneurial journey.

Continuing their work in line with their regional roots, the amount won with this prize will be entirely donated to the restoration of the Notre-Dame du haut Chapel by Le Corbusier located in Ronchamp, not far from the company's headquarters.

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
The Messe Frankfurt Group is one of the world’s leading trade fair, congress and event organisers with their own exhibition grounds. With a workforce of 2,200 people at its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and in 28 subsidiaries, it organises events around the world. As in the previous year, annual sales for 2021 were significantly lower owing to the COVID-19 pandemic: approximately €154 million compared with Group sales as high as €736 million in pre-pandemic 2019. We serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. Sustainable business practices are a central pillar in our corporate strategy and strike a healthy balance between ecological and economic interests, social responsibility and diversity. Another of Messe Frankfurt’s strengths is its powerful and closely-knit global sales network, which covers around 180 countries in all regions of the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. We are using our digital expertise to develop new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services.
With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).
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