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HEC Grads and Unemployment

Layoffs, job searches, retraining… Before finding the right path, many HEC graduates have spent some time jobless. Trampoline
HEC-transition-ecologique

10 Stereotypes about the Ecological Transition

1.It’s impossible for organic farming to feed the whole planet. Stéphane Linou, city councilor in Castelnaudary, pioneer of the Locavore movement...

Jean-Pierre Farandou, CEO of the SNCF, Answers Students’ Questions

Jean-Pierre Farandou, President and General Director of the SNCF1957 - Born in Bacalan, a working-class neighborhood north of Bordeaux; his father is a customs...

The Light at the End of the Tunnel?

The Covid 19 disaster has destabilized all companies, but smaller enterprises, with their operational challenges and lack of adequate finances to cushion the blow,...

André: The Shoe-Biz Goes Down a Size

André, the shoe specialist, marched forward with great strides for more than a century. Nevertheless, it was the first French company to be stopped...

Paul Hudson: A vaccine for everyone!

Paul Hudson, CEO of Sanofi 1967 – born in Manchester; his father was an accountant and his mother a decorator of display windows for...

10 stories of alumni during the crisis

The pandemic tidal wave has sunk global stock markets and becalmed business activities.  SMEs have had to navigate these troubled waters with extreme care...

10 Stereotypes about Big Pharma

1. Big Pharma aims to corrupt doctors. Pierre Frouard, GP and a contributor to Prescrire magazine, published by the association Mieux...

Hélène Bourbouloux (H.95): Bankruptcy isn’t death!

The judicial administrator Hélène Bourbouloux, known as the “Bankruptcy Madonna”, has won a lot of battles. She has managed over 2,000 accounts and saved thousands...

Alexandre Mignon (E.06): A Doctor on the Front Lines

Alexandre Mignon (E.06), an anesthesiologist-intensivist at Cochin Hospital in Paris, served on the front lines in the battle against the coronavirus. Critical of the...

24 Hours with Jean Lalo (H.85)

Devoting his retirement to helping others: that’s what Jean Lalo (H.85) has chosen to do. A Red Cross volunteer, he decided to create community...

How do you handle the lockdown when you have a job, an MBA to...

The answer from… Spain In Barcelona, children weren’t allowed to go outside until Sunday, April 26. After that, they could spend...

Helicopter money to jump-start economic recovery?

FOR “Exceptional circumstances call for exceptional measures.” Véronique Nguyen (H.92, D.09)She teaches in the Grande Ecole,...

Philippe Brassac : The Green-Loans Banker

Philippe Brassac, Managing Director of Crédit Agricole1959 – Born in Nîmes 1982 – Hired by Crédit Agricole as credit manager for operations in the...

10 Questions about the Geopolitics of the Web

In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee and a few others created the World Wide Web based on the principles of universality, openness and free services. Has this...

24 Hours with Florian Bercault (H.16)

A bombshell in the heart of the Mayenne region! Laval’s outgoing mayor has decided not to run in the municipal elections. That puts a...

When We broke the silence.

When she was a student at HEC, Laetitia Pouilly (H.14) had only a vague notion of sexism and sexist bullying in business schools. The...

David Akpamagbo (H.08) : The Cream of the Crop

David Akpamagbo (H.08) is a cattle-raiser and craftsman based in Brittany’s Finistère region. His butter, with its subtle nuances that vary with the seasons,...

Coronavirus: How are Chinese companies coping with the epidemic?

THE ANSWER FROM…China The coronavirus hit during Chinese New Year, a time when 220 million people are on the move. Most...

Should the ECB raise key interest rates?

FOR “Quantitative easing was a fruitless exercise.” Bruno Moschetto (H.55) is a graduate of HEC and...

Claire Leost (H.99): Bridging the Gender Gap

With diplomas from Sciences Politiques and HEC, Claire Leost (H.99) is now the executive director of a major media group. But to reach this...

“I exposed a huge group’s fraud.”

Arnaud Vagnier (H.01) is the man behind Iceberg Research, the financial-analysis firm that brought down the Noble Group, ranked 76th in the world in...

Ariane: Driving Force in the European Space Sector

The rocket, first launched 40 years ago, has raised Europe to the ranks of global space-sector leaders. And, Ariane has become number one in...

24 hours with Clarisse Crémer (H.13)

After earning her diploma from HEC in 2013, she quickly made a name for herself in the nautical world, and now she’s one of...

10 Questions about fighting poverty

What does it mean to be poor today? Does the answer depend on cultures, countries and continents? Alicia Marguerie...

A Renewable Total?

Patrick Pouyanné, President and Chief Executive of Total 1986: Graduated from École Polytechnique 1993: Technical advisor to Prime Minister Edouard Balladur concerning the environment...

THE LEBANESE PEOPLE: A MESSAGE OF FREEDOM AND AN EXAMPLE OF PLURALISM

THE ANSWER FROM... LEBANON One of the world’s most inspiring revolutions has been underway in Lebanon since October 17, 2019. Provoked...

Should Facebook be allowed to create its own currency?

FOR “Libra is a stone tossed in a pond that will have a positive ripple effect on many things.”

Hermance Tirel (H.21) : Humanistic Student

Hermance loves Asia. Brought up on Mulan animated films from an early age, she studied Chinese in high school and spent six months in Hong...

Business story: Air Liquide, Innovation Full Speed Ahead

Although not well known by the general public, Air Liquide has a long history of innovation. Today, it’s one of the century-old companies that...

Sustainable Transport: The Top Five Made-in-HEC

Transport that doesn’t pollute as much? When you don’t love oil, you create something else… Philippe Berterottière (H.82) and Bertrand...

Julien Dossier: “We need a mobility paradigm shift.”

Julien Dossier (H.95), founder of Quattrolibri, a consultancy specializing in ecological transition strategies, teaches classes at HEC on the challenges of making cities sustainable...

S. Chabanel and C. Avel: Fabulous Friends

Ever since they met in an HEC class, they have stayed in touch. They each write novels and they...

10 questions about… Equal Opportunity

1. Why be concerned about equal opportunity? François Dubet, sociologist, former director of studies at the École des hautes études...

Antoine Sahler: Author, composer, performer, arranger

In the beginning, music was supposed to be something he did in the evening or on weekends, to pass the time when he wasn’t...

Ariane Mohseni: “I wanted to give homeless people a voice.”

Ariane Mohseni (H.16) followed a path that was both traditional and brilliant: preparatory class, HEC, a job in the financial sector… Until the day...

Linda Jackson (Citroën) meets HEC students

The big boss © Anje Jager The double-chevron brand, which gave birth to...

Baptiste Billoir (H.15) advances search for Alzheimer’s treatments

AgenT, a young biotech start-up, is using a new animal model to advance the search for treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Challenge number one: detect...

Collins Kimaro (H.19) : For the future of Tanzania

A bachelor’s degree in economics from Warwick University, then a master’s in management from HEC: for Collins Kimaro (H.19), all doors were open. But for him, there...

Salomé Blondeau (H.20) : Princess of dessert

“I was tired of being 'just' a good student and not knowing how to do anything with my hands,” explains...

Vanessa Lamorre-Cargill (E.16) : Language prodigy

Vanessa Lamorre-Cargill (E.16) does not hear quite like most of us. But she turned what could have been a disadvantage into the great opportunity...

Should Huawei be banned in Europe?

FOR Marc Triboulet (E.04) A cybersecurity specialist and a member of the HEC Governance office, Marc...

Capucine Collin (H.16) : “I decided to be a teacher in the high-priority-education network.”

Just this once, we’re going to school this Monday morning, to a grade five class. We’re at Lucie Aubrac de Villetaneuse middle school, a...

10 questions about the B Corp label

1. What is it? Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot (H.88), chairman of the HEC Master in Sustainable Development program, replies:

Hedwige Chevrillon (MBA.84) : backstage at the cable channel BFM

She hosts one of France’s most-watched economy-oriented talk shows, “L’Heure H” (“The H Hour”). We followed Hedwige Chevrillon (MBA.84) for a day backstage at...

Business Story : Culturespaces, An arts affaire

In less than 30 years, Culturespaces has positioned itself as France’s leading private operator of cultural venues. The 14 sites, museums and art centers...

5 HEC alumni involved in preserving patrimony

Yves Ubelmann Valérie Senghor Yves Ubelmann Trained as an architect, he participated in the HEC Challenge program...

Guillaume Poitrinal : “French patrimony deserves better.”

Last April 15, terrifying images of Notre Dame cathedral in flames circled the globe. It took more than 15 hours to put out the...

Hubert Joly (Best Buy) : “Managing means creating meaning”

The Big Boss © Anje Jager He’s a star in the US business world. When...

What role can Algerian students play in the ongoing political changes ?

The answer from Zoubir Benleulmi DR. ZOUBIR BENLEULMI (E.11 AND DOCTORATE FROM UTC) is the founder of the White Sea Business School...

Innovation Made in HEC

Each quarter, the HEC Stories editorial team selects the most innovative start-ups and projects that are moving the world in the right direction.

Food innovation : A taste of the future

Alternative meat, Seafood – without the sea, Dried food...A taste of the future by HEC alumni working in the food industry.
Photo de l'usine Kiri Bel

Business Story : Bel and Dairy-Industry Innovation

The cheese company Bel decided to leave tradition behind and carve out a new market niche for itself through innovation.