Every year, Veuve Clicquot honours women from around the world for their achievements in business. This year for the first time an Indian woman was chosen. Indian author and journalist, Shobhaa De was honoured by Veuve Clicquot for ‘her remarkable accomplishments in writing and her contributions to India’s cultural landscape’. Pictured above is Shobhaa De with Stephane Baschiera, President of Veuve Clicquot & Sabina Belli, General Manager. Click the photograph to enlarge.
Stephane Baschiera, President of Veuve Clicquot, Sabina Belli, General Manager, and Stephane Gerschel, Director of International Communication, presented the award to De during a black tie gala dinner, held in Reims, France, earlier this month.
The award was created by Veuve Clicquot Champagne to commemorate Nicole Ponsardin: the woman who inherited the company which now bears her name. She married Francois Clicquot and became known as Veuve Clicquot (or widow in French) after his death.
In 1805, at the age of 27, she took over her husband’s vineyards and from small beginnings created an internationally known company and a respected brand easily recognised today by its distinctive bright yellow label.
Madame Clicquot was a pioneering and astute business woman. Her perseverance and tenacity helped increase champagne exports and gained her a foothold in the royal courts of Europe, especially Imperial Russia, despite the trade blockade in Napoleon’s time. Today, Veuve Clicquot exports more than 90% of its turnover in more than 150 countries and holds a royal warrant from Queen Elizabeth II. Since 1987 the Veuve Clicquot company has been part of the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy group of luxury brands.
Operating in 16 countries around the world, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year award is now in its 39th year and commemorates Madame Clicquot’s entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity to succeed in the business world. Each year tells the story of inspiring women who are high achievers in business life as an encouragement and motivation to younger women.