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MSD China joins the Visions of Leadership Center as a founding member

23 November 2010

Michel Vounatsos, President of MSD China, says “We are committed to develop, to train, and to attract the most promising Chinese talents to Merck and to MSD China. HEC is well recognized as a leading business school in the world where future leaders - a significant proportion of whom are from emerging markets including China - have been trained. I am very pleased and encouraged by this partnership that will be of benefit to all parties involved.”

Daniel Bernard, Chairman of the HEC Foundation who personally contributed to this project, highlights “With MSD’s support and the existing partners of the Center, the HEC Foundation will contribute to funding the VoL Center in order to identify and anticipate major leadership challenges in the 21st century”.

“The HEC Paris Visions of Leadership Center proposes a new type of corporate partnership that will benefit MSD China; through a long-term R&D relationship with HEC Paris faculty and experts and privileged access to selected students. The increasingly strong presence of Chinese students, faculty and guests from the business community benefits our campus and is expected to create a base for the recruitment of Chinese talents”, indicates Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean of HEC Paris.

“Binding knowledge and experience from around the world to generate leading-edge research and professional expertise creates new pathways for leadership training.” says Valérie Gauthier, Associate Dean of the HEC MBA program and project supervisor of the Center. “Through the VoL Center, HEC Paris is a real actor and vector for analysis and ideas for a more responsible leadership tomorrow.

About MSD
Today's MSD is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. MSD is a tradename of Merck & Co., Inc., with headquarters in Whitehouse Station, N.J., U.S.A. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit or

MSD in China
Established in 1992 and headquartered in Shanghai, MSD has more than 4,500 employees and 10 regional offices in China. MSD also has three manufacturing plants in China which supply innovative medicines and medical devices to both the local and export markets. Following the completion of the global merger between Merck and Schering-Plough in 2009, Michel Vounatsos became the president of MSD in China.

HEC Paris
A leader in Europe, HEC Paris specializes in management education and research. HEC Paris offers a full, unique range of courses to the leaders of tomorrow: Masters Degrees, MBA, PhD, Executive MBA and Trium Global Executive MBA. Founded in 1881, HEC Paris has a permanent faculty of 110 professors, 4000 students on its campus (40% of whom are foreign) and over 8700 managers and executives trained in executive education programs each year.

HEC is ranked #1 Business School in Europe and #2 worldwide in Executive Education by the Financial Times.
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