International Center Chief Executive Officer Martin Baier has been named Honorary French Consul to the State of Indiana. Baier was inducted into the diplomatic role during a private ceremony at Indianapolis International Airport Tuesday that was led by Consul General of France in Chicago Guillaume Lacroix. Baier’s duties will include facilitating trade and relations between France and the United States and serving as an advocate for French citizens visiting or living in Indiana.
Baier, a native of Germany, joined The International Center in 2011 as vice president of programs and services and became president and CEO in January. In his tenure at the center, he is credited with leading efforts to grow programs and services in the areas of protocol, citizen diplomacy, international relocation and global competency training.
“I am humbled and honored to represent France here in Indiana as Honorary Consul, and I look forward to furthering the centuries-long relationship between France and Indiana through this role and through my work at The International Center," Baier said in an email to Inside INdiana Business.
Baier is a 20+ year veteran of the German Air Force, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel and serving in key roles including deputy flight commander and senior planning staff officer. He also served alongside representatives from the Pentagon and Air Combat Command as a liaison to the U.S. Air Force.
The International Center is a more than 40 year-old organization, based in Indianapolis, and focused on efforts to increase the state’s international visibility and growth. In an August interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Baier talked about the center’s mission and expanding statewide footprint.
You can view the interview in the video above.