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HEC Paris Leadership Center breaks new ground

15 May 2012

“Sponsoring partners participate in both the steering Committee, which sets the research and program agenda, and the International Advisory Board, whose membership is wider and drawn from the senior leadership of diverse industries and sectors,”explains Bernard Bourigeaud,the new Presidentof the Center.

The HEC Paris Leadership Centerfocuses onthree main areas of activities in leadership whichare designed to create value and visibility for all stakeholders: innovative program designs, cutting-edge multi-disciplinary research, dialogue and exchange. The HEC Paris leadership programs seek to increase individual leadership capacity, by building onboth key conceptual frameworksand hands-on leadership experience. 
“The Center serves as a catalyst for scholars to develop research across disciplines, not only to better understand the complexities of today’s leadership, but also to anticipate future challenges,”says Kristen Neymarc, the new Executive Director of the HEC Paris Leadership Center.

By organizing international conferences, expert workshops, and CEO speaker events, the Centerbrings together outstanding faculty, experts and corporate leaders to address leadership issues and trends. Students play active roles in all events (members of panel debate, organizational design). The events not only help raise the awareness of the general public about key leadership findings, but also provide a unique opportunity for speakers and attendees to meet and share experiences in an open-minded frame of mind. Emphasis is placed on multicultural leadership which directly benefits from HEC Paris’ international locations in China, Russia, Qatar and Africa. 

According to Dean Bernard Ramanantsoa, “At HEC Paris, where our teaching philosophy is “The more you know, the more you dare”, we see that the most successful leaders are the ones who have developed the capacity to be challenged. The Center is a key resource for us tocreate responsible and ethical leaders with a clear understanding of the links between the social, environmental and business spheres.”

About Bernard Bourigeaud
Bernard Bourigeaud was former CEO and founder of ATOSOrigin, a leading global IT services company. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells France where he headed the management consulting and subsequently all the French operations. Preceding this, he worked for Continental Grain and Price Waterhouse. He is currently an operating partner of Advent 

International, a leading global private equity firm. Bernard holds positions on various boards including Amadeus in Spain and CGI in Canada, he is also a member of the global advisory board of Jefferies Bank in New York. Bernard is a private investor in technology companies across Europe and has established his own CEO to CEO consultancy business. Bernard is president of CEPS (Centre d'Etudes et de Prospective Stratégique), an international and independent think tank originating in France.

About HEC Paris

Leader in Europe,specialized in education and research in management, HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of educational programs for the leaders of tomorrow: Masters Programs, MBA (full-time and part-time), PhD, HEC Executive MBA and TRIUM Global Executive MBA.

Founded in1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Parishas a permanent faculty of 114 professors, more than 4,000 students(37% of whom arenon French) and more than 8,500 managers and executives in training every year.

HEC Paris has been ranked #1 Business School in Europe by the Financial Times since

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