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Laurence Lehmann Ortega and Florian Hoos, Winners of the 2014 Pierre Vernimmen Teaching Awards

24 June 2014

For its 17th edition, the BNP Paribas and HEC Paris’ Vernimmen Teaching Prize has awarded Florian Hoos, Professor of Accounting and Management Control and Laurence Lehmann Ortega, Affiliate Professor of Strategy and Business Policy. The Vernimmen Prize rewards the best HEC Paris professors who achieved the highest performance in teaching during the year.

François Debiesse, Président of the Fondation de l'Orangerie for Philanthropy, BNP Paribas, Président of the Jury; Laurence Lehmann-Ortega; Mrs Pierre Vernimmen and Florian Hoos. ©HECParis

De gauche à droite: Mr. François Debiesse, Président de la Fondation de l'Orangerie pour la Philanthropie, BNP Paribas, et Président du Jury; Prof. Laurence Lehmann-Ortega; Mme. Pierre Vernimmen and Prof. Florian Hoos.

In the presence of Mrs Vernimmen; Baudouin Prot, President of BNP Paribas; Jean-Paul Vermès, First Vice-President of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean of HEC Paris, the award ceremony took place on June 23rd, 2014 at BNP Paribas offices in Paris. Paying homage to Pierre Vernimmen, Professor at HEC Paris (1968 alumnus), author of the reference textbook Finance d'Entreprise and member of the executive committee of BNP Paribas, this prize underlines the importance of the links between the academic and business worlds. It rewards the excellence of HEC Paris faculty and the teaching methods implemented in its programs (Master’s programs, MBA, EMBA, TRIUM and PhD) in the following categories: professors-researchers, lecturers, visiting professors, and affiliate professors.

By looking at evaluations carried out by students, the jury - composed of representatives from HEC Paris and BNP Paribas - awarded the 2014 prize to:

Florian Hoos, Accounting and Management control department in the "research faculty" category. Florian has been assistant professor at HEC Paris since 2011. He has also been named by Poets&Quants  as one of the "40 Most Outstanding B-School Profs Under 40 in the World" on February 2014. He teaches financial accounting and social entrepreneurship in the MBA and Master’s program. His research focuses in corporate governance, auditing, financial reporting, social impact measuring and social entrepreneurship. His dissertation was awarded the first prize of the German Institute of Internal Auditors (Deutsches Institut für Interne Revision) in 2011

Laurence Lehmann Ortega, Strategy and Business Policy department in the "affiliate faculty" category. Laurence has been affiliate professor at HEC Paris since 2010. After graduating from HEC in 1993, she first worked as a consultant in strategy. She holds a PhD in Management from the University of Aix en Provence.  Laurence teaches strategy in masters and executive education programs, as well as in the EMBA. Her research focuses on strategic innovation, that is to say business model innovation, especially in incumbent firms in mature and low tech industries. Her more recent research studies cover strategic innovation in response to sustainable development challenges.

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More about Pierre  Vernimmen

A graduate of HEC (1968) and of ITP Harvard,  Pierre Vernimmen started teaching at HEC Paris in 1968. He began working for Paribas – where he would stay all his life  – in 1973, first in its private equity arm, then in the mergers  and acquisitions department, which he created in 1993  and directed from then until his untimely death in 1996.  As a result, Pierre Vernimmen participated in the merger of numerous companies (LVMH Louis Vuitton/Moët Hennessy),  in financing rounds (M6, Virgin Megastores), and in the  financing of several famous French movies (Les Nuits Fauves,  Cyrano de Bergerac).  At the same time, Pierre Vernimmen wrote Finance  d’Entreprise, the best selling French language reference textbook of which tens of thousands of copies were sold over the years. The twelve editions published since it was first released in 1975 showcase Pierre Vernimmen’s book’s appeal as well as its author’s constant efforts to remain at the leading edge of financial developments.


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