Naughton 'humbled' by France's highest honour
Martin Naughton, the iconic founder of Glen Dimplex, has been awarded the French Légion d'Honneur.
Mr Naughton was last night awarded France's highest national honour by the French Ambassador to Ireland, Jean-Pierre Thébault Thébault at a special ceremony at the French residence in Dublin. The Orde National de la Légion d'Honneur is the highest French order for military and civil merits bestowed in the name of the President of the Republic, first established in 1802 by First Consul Napoléon Bonaparte.
Mr Naughton follows in the footsteps of other Irish recipients such as Pat Cox, Albert Manifold of CRH, Eamon Gilmore and John Mullins, CEO of Port of Cork.
"I am honoured and humbled to receive this award especially as I have always had a love affair with France, its wines, its food and its people," said Mr Naughton.
Ambassador Thébault said Mr Naughton embodied the best of Irish inventiveness and sense of entrepreneurship.
"He is an inspiration for both Irish and French young generations," said the French Ambassador.