Welcome! Wilkommen! Bienvenue!
Hello, I’m Catherine. I want to share with you my knowledge about cultural differences in business between France or Germany and the United States. Here in the Cross Border Blog.

Who am I?
My full name is Catherine Rochereul-Portier. I was born and raised in France. After finishing my studies there, I worked in Germany for over 20 years. In 2013, I moved to the United States. If I had to choose one word to describe my life it would be: intercultural.

Professionally intercultural
I use my intercultural skills to make projects run more smoothly, improving efficiency, saving time and ensuring your financial gain. I honed my skills in the professional world as an international marketing consultant. My clients are now French, German and American companies that want to develop their business in Europe or the United States. I have also managed projects with Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark.


Personally intercultural
I went to school and graduated in France, my oldest daughter was educated in the German school system and my two youngest children go to an American elementary school. Each of these is very different experience, yet all equally relevant and valuable – because you can’t really separate personal life from the professional.

What can you get out of this blog?
I have been dealing with intercultural challenges all my life. In my business I contribute to my clients’ success by helping them to overcome the cultural business differences between United States, France, and Germany.
In these posts, I want to share my explorations of the hows and whys of cultural differences between France or Germany and the United States. My aim is to offer you a better understanding of the cultural factors that can hinder or enhance your business. In the end, I hope to help you identify the potential obstacles in your path and show you how to cross them.


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