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Bernard Ramanantsoa holds an Engineering degree from the "Ecole Supérieure d'Aéronautique de Toulouse" valedictorian of the Class of 1971. Valedictorian of the MBA graduating class of HEC in 1976, he obtained a Post-graduate DEA (Research Master) degree in sociology in 1987 and also a Ph.D. in management sciences from Paris-Dauphine University in 1991, followed by a DEA in the history of philosophy from Paris-1 University in 1993. He is Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor.
Initially lecturer at the "Ecole Supérieure d'Aéronautique" in 1971 and 1972, he became head of the Marketing Division, "Grandes Lignes" for the SNCF in 1972.
A specialist on ethics and culture in the business place and himself advocate of an open-minded approach and a multi-cultural scope in the corporate world, he joined the HEC faculty in 1979 as professor of Business Strategy. Since 1995 he has been head of HEC Paris. He has led the institution in their strides towards a decidedly international dimension, as well as added the CPA to the HEC label.
Very active in the scientific and professional community, Bernard Ramanantsoa is:
- Member of the Committee of the "Conférence des Grandes Ecoles"
- Member of the Board of the HEC Foundation
- Former Member of the Board of the APM (Association for Progress in Management)
- Administrator of ANVIE
- Member of the " Cercle de l'Entreprise "
- Member of the Foreign Affairs Council
He is the author of numerous communications and publications in the field of business management. In particular, he received the Harvard Expansion Prize in 1989 for "Technologie et Stratégie d'entreprise" and the Prize from the "Académie des Sciences Commerciales" in 1983 for "Stratégie de l'Entreprise et Diversification." His latest published work, in collaboration with Y. Pesqueux, A. Saudan and J.C. Tournand, "Perspectives Philosophiques sur l'entreprise," appeared in 1999.