VigiTrust is so proud that our CEO Mathieu Gorge has received the rank of Knight of the National Order of Merit (Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite)!
Message by Mathieu Gorge:
“Last Tuesday night, I received the honor of a lifetime surrounded by family, friends, colleagues, members of the French Embassy in Ireland, France Ireland Chamber of Commerce, Conseillers du Commerce Exterieur, FrenchTech Dublin, and so many distinguished people from the French and Irish business communities. On behalf of President Emmanuel Macron, H.E. Vincent GUEREND bestowed upon me the French National Order of Merit with the rank of Knight. A high distinction created by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. As the second national order in France, it rewards distinguished service. I was extremely touched by H.E. Vincent Guerend’s speech and I’d like to thank him again.
As I shared in my remarks, I left France 25 years ago to pursue a career in cybersecurity originally in Ireland and now internationally through VigiTrust – which has grown to be an award winning, rapidly scaling, global provider of SaaS solutions. I also shared my 20+ years experience in Cybersecurity in The Cyber Elephant in the Boardroom (Forbes, 2021).
In 2008 I had the privilege to start working with the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce as a Councilor, then as Member of the Executive Team, Vice=President and President from 2017-2019. Still on the Executive Team and Co-chair of the ICT working group I am now on the steering committee for French Tech Ireland and Vice-President of the CCEF. France is now Ireland’s closet EU neighbor and bi-lateral trade is booming and will continue to grow and it’s a privilege to be involved in this geo-political strategic shift. I will of course continue to further relations and bilateral trade between Ireland and France!
I’d like to thank everyone for sharing this proud moment with me. It goes straight to my heart and I’d specially like to thank my family, my children, my better half, as well as special friends who are always supporting me. Very special thanks to my mother, an amazing woman who has sacrificed a lot for me to be able to get to where I am today. I was told that my father would have been really proud and that my grand mother, who received the same honour many years ago, would also have been happy to see her medal being passed on to another generation. I hope to inspire my own children and all the younger people I get to work with to follow in those extremely rewarding footsteps.
Words cannot express how grateful I am. Merci encore et c’est un très grand honneur ! “