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Léo Apotheker addresses MBA participants as the first speaker in the new HEC Paris MBA CEO Speaker Series

16 October 2012

At an event held on HEC Paris’ campus in Jouy en Josas, Léo Apotheker, the former President & CEO of Hewlett Packard (HPQ), addressed 100 members of the MBA student body in the first lecture in the new MBA CEO Speaker Series, sponsored by the HEC Paris Leadership Center.

“I am pleased and honored to have been asked to be the inaugural speaker of the HEC Paris MBA CEO Speaker Series. I found the participants to be an exceptional group of young business leaders and congratulate them not only for their professional accomplishments but also for their assiduity in pursuing the challenging MBA degree at HEC Paris,” commented Mr. Apotheker.

Benard Garrette, Associate Dean of the HEC Paris MBA, opened the event by sharing with the audience that the objective of the CEO speaker series is to bring to campus some of the world’s most successful and innovative business leaders in order to engage in a candid conversation with students. He highlighted that the unique feature of the series is that it is student-led from start to finish by leaders of the MBA General Management and Leadership Club (GML). He thanked industry members L’Oreal and Alcatel-Lucent, founding members of the HEC Paris Leadership Center, for their support for this event.

Diversity is the hallmark of the HEC MBA, participants come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds and represent over 50 nationalities. The MBA curriculum reflects the philosophy that the most outstanding analytical skills must be accompanied by the development of responsible leadership.

Participants called the event a great success. “Through this open dialogue with Mr Apotheker,” said one student, “we shared a special moment with a great person and gained unique insights into the life and challenges of a CEO. We also had the rare opportunity to discuss some of the important issues facing the IT industry in the 21st century.”

HEC Paris MBA website


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