Gerard Worms, former ICC Chair, passed away on Monday, 31 August, at the age of 84.
Mr Worms led ICC as Chair from 2011-2013 before taking up the role of ICC Honorary Chair. He had served as Chair of ICC France from 2006 to 2017.
During his rich career, Mr Worms also served as Vice-Chairman of the investment bank Rothschild Europe and spent a large part of his career with the Suez Group. He served on the Boards of Directors of many companies, including Saatchi & Saatchi.
Mr Worms’ early experiences included working as an advisor to French Minister of Industry Olivier Guichard and to former Prime Minister of France Jacques Chaban-Delmas.
In his capacity as ICC Chair, Mr Worms was a passionate supporter of ICC’s purpose and brought more than 50 years of experience in the public and private sectors to advance the global institution.
Mr Worms was instrumental in modernising the ICC governance system and in securing a new global headquarters in Paris.
A Commander of the French Legion of Honour, Mr Worms was also a trustee of the ICC Research Foundation and most recently took part in the inaugural ICC Past Chairs Council, held in May 2019. He was a much-welcomed guest at our Centenary celebrations in Paris last year.
Mr Worms was also a strong advocate of international arbitration – particularly with French authorities – and was an active member of the ICC Governing Body for Dispute Resolution Services.
He will be greatly missed.
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