Annick de Kermadec-Bentzmann was born in Beijing and spent most of her childhood in Asia and Africa. At the age of eighteen, she returned to France and studied Oriental arts, she majored in Chinese and Malay (Institut des Langues O’). She holds a degree in English, Cambridge University and graduated from the International Marketing Institute (IMI, USA), in International Marketing Management.
She joined BNP (Banque Nationale de Paris) in 1981 and was posted in Beijing the following year as Deputy Chief Representative. Annick worked for BNP and BNP Paribas in China until December 2013, in various roles (BNP Chief Representative for Eastern China, BNP Paribas General Manager of the Shanghai branch).
In 1983, she was a founding member of the “Association of Representatives of French Companies in China” (Association des Representants des Societes Francaises en Chine). In 1992, this association became CCIFC (French Chamber of Commerce in China). Annick was involved in forming both the Beijing and Shanghai chapters. She was elected CCIFC Vice-President in 1997 and President from September 2005 until March 2013, the first time a woman had been elected to that position. Annick remains since then Honorary President.
In 1991, she founded the Cercle Francophone de Shanghai, was President from 1992 to 2004, she is now Honorary President. She is also Vice-President of the Alliance Francaise of Shanghai.
As a French Foreign Trade advisor since 1992 (CCE / Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur), she has received the prestigious French title of « Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite” in 1993 and “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur » in 2008. In 2007, she won the prize “Excellence in Business” from the Expatriate Professional Women Society of Shanghai.
Annick participated in the founding of the Bailliage of Shanghai of the Chaîne des Rotisseurs (International Association of Gastronomy). She has been a board member, serving as the « Argentier » of the Bailliage of Shanghai, a perfect matching between her finance skills and her love for fine food. Annick has a few hobbies, namely, traveling, one of her passions, she also likes collecting antiques, such as ceramics, paintings, sculptures, specializing in Asian art.