HEC Paris - Pernod Ricard Leadership Certificate: "A true leader is above all the person who changes the rules of the game", Alexandre Ricard

12 June 2014

As part of the Pernod Ricard Chair, on June 6th HEC Paris launched its “Leadership” Certificate. This new program, composed of approximately 100 hours of lessons and conferences between April and June, is offered to all HEC Paris students, regardless of their program. The Certificate looks at the relationship between human capital and business performance, as part of a leadership vision which is harmonious with Pernod Ricard’s culture and values.

Certificat HEC - Pernod Ricard Leadership - Bruno Rain, Bernard Ramanantsoa, Valérie Gauthier, Alexandre Ricard et Olivier Sibony

On June 6th HEC Paris and Pernod Ricard launched its Leadership Certificate in the presence of Alexandre Ricard, Deputy CEO of Pernod Ricard, Bruno Rain, Managing Director of Human Resources and Social Responsibility of Pernod Ricard, Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean of HEC Paris and Valérie Gauthier, HEC Paris Professor in charge of the Certificate.
Students are given tasks to tackle in groups, allowing them to experiment with autonomous and responsible leadership strategies. Different leadership qualities are explored: confidence, resilience, power, decision making and personal development. Under the leadership of Pernod Ricard University, students are also faced with practical business cases involving managers from Pernod Ricard, which put strategic leadership into practice.
Alexandre Ricard, Deputy CEO of Pernod Ricard told an audience of distinguished guests and students, "Pernod Ricard has worked closely with HEC Paris for many years. This new leadership certificate marks a very important event in our relationship. It allows us to share, what are for us fundamental attitudes and ways of thinking, which we perceive as paramount for the leaders of tomorrow. For Pernod Ricard, a true leader is not necessarily the number 1, it is above all the person who changes the rules of the game: the person who has a constant desire to make progress."
Guillaume Poitrinal, President of the HEC Foundation, added, "We are very proud of this certificate and grateful that Pernod Ricard, one of the HEC Foundation’s most loyal partners, has been able to help us with its creation. Leadership and the ability to come together and concentrate all efforts on a collective action, are invaluable skills to have in a business environment" .
Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean of HEC Paris, was also delighted by the creation of this certificate. He explained: "As long term partners, Pernod Ricard and HEC Paris have confirmed their mutual determination to challenge the teaching of tomorrow, with the creation of this joint Chair. HEC has reinforced its readiness to train responsible and capable leaders, who are able to deal with the great complexities of an ever-changing world. Leadership training is both theoretical and practical, and is a must-have for managers who are anxious to be part of this transformation."

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