(15 Apr 2021) Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Vietjet’s President and CEO, has been awarded the Legion of Honour by the French Government.
The award ceremony at the French Embassy in Vietnam was attended by diplomats, high-ranking dignitaries from the Vietnamese Government and business leaders in Hanoi on 14 April 2021.
The Legion of Honour, founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, is the most prestigious, long-standing and highest order of merit awarded by the French government.
At the ceremony, the French Ambassador to Vietnam Nicolas Warnery presented the Legion of Honour to Madame Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao – the first self-made female billionaire in Southeast Asia and also the first Vietnamese businesswoman to receive this honor.
At the ceremony, Ambassador Nicolas Warnery honored the contributions of Madame Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, for her vision, wisdom and business philosophy for the development of the community. He extended his gratitude to the businesses led by Madame Thao such as Sovico, Vietjet, HDBank, etc. for always accompanying and cooperating with French businesses and the French people, especially during the period affected by COVID19.
To Anh Dung, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung, said, “Congratulations to Madame Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao for the noble award that the French government has presented today. Vietnam is proud of the good values of a strongly developed Vietnamese business community in which Madame Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao have joined hands to build as a female representative.”
The Legion of Honour is the most recent award that Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao has received. She is one of the few Vietnamese businesswomen who have received many domestic and international awards such as Asia’s Most Influential People for her philanthropy awarded by Tatler magazine, one of 100 Asian economic transformers voted by Business Insider Australia magazine, top 100 most powerful women in the world, most powerful female leaders in Asia, the Best Businesswoman Award in ASEAN, Asia-Pacific CEO of The Year 2019 voted by the world business community, etc. She was also included in a case study for teaching and research at Harvard University – USA.
Sovico Group, under her leadership, has pioneered to become an official partner of the United Nations, together with member organizations such as UNESCO, UN-Habitat, UNIDO Vietnam and international, etc.
The Chief Representative of UNESCO in Vietnam, Michael Croft, expressed his admiration to the President and CEO of Vietjet, “Madame Thao has clearly shown a preeminent vision beyond ordinary business thinking. She understands that the honest business philosophy and corporate responsibility are the foundation to go beyond financial strength. This is probably due to her in-depth understanding of the role of businesses in a large society and her kind heart alongside her overwhelming vision,” he said.