• Popular American Author Ron Shelp in a Special Book Talk & Breakfast

    May 30 2008, 08:30 - 08:30
    Location: The American Chamber of Commerce Paris, 156 blvd Haussmann 75008

    Ron Shelp
    Former President/CEO New York Chamber and Executive, AIG

    Fallen Giant

    Meet popular American author Ron Shelp! Shelp will discuss his recently published book, "Fallen Giant", which the New York Times called “one of the great unsung stories in American business.” The book traces AIG’s history from its founding in Shanghai in 1919 by C.V. Starr through Asia expansion, its’expulsion by the Japanese and WWII activities working with Wild Bill Donovan, founder of the OSS, and expulsion a second time by Mao Tse-tung.  Eventually, Starr picks Hank Greenberg to succeed him and over 37 years Greenberg builds it into largest insurer in world with stock growth that made a few billionaires and many millionaires at AIG.   Then he is ousted by Attorney General Spitzer for alleged accounting fraud.  Yet Greenberg remains a powerhouse, running three private Starr organizations.  Shelp will discuss the lessons to be learned and what happens next.   Fallen Giant will be published in China this month and later in Korea.  A movie is underway as well.

    Ron Shelp was the head of the Association of U.S. International Insurers at 24, then the head of the Association of Latin American Chambers of Commerce.  He joined AIG in 1973 where his responsibilities including worldwide trouble shooting, communications, marketing and advertising.  From there he went to Celanese as a member of the management committee.  After Celanese was sold to Hoechst of West Germany, he became President/CEO of the New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry and President/CEO of the New York City Partnership, the organization of CEOs founded by David Rockefeller.  Later he ran an internet company and was Vice Chairman of Burson Marsteller.  Fallen Giant:   The Amazing Story of Hank Greenberg and the History of AIG is his second book.  He has written for Foreign Policy, New York Times, Forbes and other publications.

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