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Alumni of the Month

Their last professional achievement got them noticed; their extraordinary career makes them stand out; they are currently making the headlines; or they are full of talent, achievement and potential. Discover every month one of the iconic figures of our community in our new “Alumni of the Month” section.

 

 

                                                                                    

Mayssa CHEHAB (05)

ALUMNA AND MARKETING STRATEGIST AT FACEBOOK

She is the new pilot of Facebook France's marketing strategy: Mayssa Chehab (05) has just taken the lead of the Marketing Science division, recently created by the group in France! She will lead the department for Southern Europe (France, Italy, Spain and Portugal) and will be responsible for developing the strategy for measuring the effectiveness of partners' marketing actions on the group's platforms. She was for nearly 7 years Marketing & Insights Senior Manager for Google France and Europe.

Good luck to Mayssa, who is making ESCP Europe's values ​​shine in one of the largest Tech companies in the world!

 

                                                                                    

Caroline FERRARI (89)

Alumna and French embassador in Denmark

Until then HRD at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Caroline Ferrari (89) has been appointed ambassador of France to Denmark. Aged 51, this enarch and graduate of Sciences Po and ESCP Europe, spent her entire career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

HR Director at the Quai d'Orsay since 2014, the new ambassador was also prior to that, head of the External Relations Department of the European Union (2009-2010), Minister Counselor at the French Embassy in Berlin (Germany), then on the move to the General Secretariat of European Affairs, which reports to the Prime Minister, as Deputy Secretary General for European Affairs from 2013 to 2014.

This appointment to represent France in Denmark comes as a culmination of a professional journey in the service of the public sector. Congratulations!


 

                                                                                    

Hélène PIETRINI (96)

Alumna and queen of flavors

At the head of 'The World's 50 Best Restaurants' in London: a French woman and ESCP Europe alumna! Since 2016, Hélène Pietrini (96) directs the organization that some consider as the Oscars of gastronomy. Every year it delivers its long-awaited list of the 50 best restaurants in the world, drawn up by a panel of voters from all over the world.

After graduating from ESCP Europe's Marketing Masters in 1996, Hélène held several marketing positions in brand management in international groups such as Unilever, L'Oréal or Dim. In 2012, she turned to the world of hospitality and catering by becoming Strategic Marketing Director of Relais & Châteaux, before taking the helm of the prestigious 'World's 50 Best Restaurants' organization.

With this project, Hélène mixes passion and adrenaline, with a culminating point every year: a high-profile ceremony to announce the ranking which brings together several hundreds of chefs at each edition. On June 19, it was in Bilbao that you could find the top of the gastronomy. #1 in the ranking was the Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy.

 

                                                                                    

Constance NEVORET (13)

Out to conquer America

At just 28 years old, and four years after joining the international management consulting group Amaris, Constance Nevoret (13) develops the firm's strategy in North America. After her studies at ESCP Europe, her first experiences in startups and marketing (Westwing and HelloFresh), she joins the Amaris group in September 2013 in London for the health economics and market access, then she sets off for Canada to contribute to the group's international expansion.
She opens an office in Toronto in 2015, and in New York a year later. Today, she is Regional Chief Operating Officer and manage the strategy of the company which has 4 offices, 140 employees and 30 clients across the Atlantic. "I also wish to show to my teams that the fast path my career took is within their reach. Here is a piece of advice : learn to believe in yourself and go for it !"

 

                                                                                    

Amandine DE SOUZA (04)

ALUMNA AND CAPTAIN OF THE BHV FLAGSHIP

 

The BHV network welcomes its new captain : Amandine DE SOUZA (04) has been appointed at the head of the famous Parisian department stores BHV, part of the Galeries Lafayette group, for France and its international divisions (Lebanon and Dubaï). She is also Household goods Purchasing Director of the  for the group.

A natural following to an already remarkable career path for this expert in the sectors of household consumer goods and retail. After working four years at the Retail department of Bain & Company offices, Amandine was director for household and non-supply goods in the Casino group between 2009 and 2015. Since then, she has been Executive Director of Westwing, a German e-business brand specialized in furniture and interior decoration.

There are a lot of new challenges awaiting her : enforce BHV Marais’ position as ‘lifestyle multi-specialist’ department store, support the brand development et prepare the e-business launch of the Rue de Rivoli store. We wish her good luck for this new stage in her career !

 

                                                                                    

Christian PORTA (84), Gilles BOGAERT (91) & Jean-Christophe COUTURES (91)

Our Alumni turning out in strength in the Executive Board of Pernod Ricard

"Our organisation is an living organism which transforms continuously to adapt to its customers and to its environment." Alexandre RICARD (95) said about the Pernod Ricard Group which he presides as he just announced an adjustment in the organisation of its Executive Board, placing 3 of our Alumni in new international responsibilities.

Christian PORTA (84) has then been appointed Deputy General Manager, Global Business Development, a newly created position. Gilles BOGAERT (91), has taken the direction of Pernod Ricard EMEA & LATAM. Finally, Jean-Christophe COUTURES (91) has been named CEO of Chivas Brothers, based in London.

The stated objective is clear: reinforce expertise on sales and marketing in the Group’s strategy and put it at the service of a “consumer-centric” organisation.

Congratulations to our 3 Alumni which contributes to the radiance of the ESCP Europe’s spirit within one of the biggest industrial groups worldwide!

 

                                                                                    

Grégory BOUTTÉ (95)

A digital pioneer between paris and California

After graduating from ESCP Europe, Grégory Boutté (95) started his career in the Fast moving consumer goods sector at Procter & Gamble. In the early 2000s, as a specialist of new technologies, he takes part in the blossoming of French start-ups by joining the newly created online auction company iBazar, that eBay bought in 2001.
Future e-business giant eBay appoints Grégory Executive Director for France, and for Europe in 2007. He then carried on his career path in the United States joining the eBay Motors & Electornics divisions in San Jose, California, in 2010.

In 2013, Grégory Boutté re-engaged with the entrepreneurship universe of start-ups as he joined American companies Sidecar and Udemy in 2015. In December 2017, he's appointed Chief Client and Digital Officer by Kering, he thus takes responsibility for the management of the group's digital transformation, and its development, e-business and CRM purposes.

 

 

                                                                                    

Aurélie ROBINEAU-ISRAËL (96)

She is the second boss in the city of Paris

At age 43, Aurélie Robineau-Israël (96) has just been appointed as Secretary general of the City of Paris. This nomination comes as a natural continuation of her career where she had the opportunity to work in the highest French administrations and institutions. After graduating from ESCP Europe, Sciences Po and L’ENA, she entered the French Council of State in 2001, before joining the SNCF as Human Resources Manager and Director of social relations. Deputy director in the staff of Claude Bartolone when he was president of the French National Assembly, she was Deputy Secretary general for the City of Paris since 2014.

As Secretary General, she is now leading of team of 50,000 municipal employees and aims at contributing to the success of Paris’ great projects. “One of the greatest positions in public administration”, as she described it, this nomination comes as a culmination of a career path puts at the service of the public sector.

 

                                                                                    

Louis-Roch BURGARD (93)

At the head of an important Saudi project

 

Graduate from ENA (French National Administration School) and ESCP Europe, this former General Finances Inspector was also at the head of construction global giant Vinci's Enegry and Real Estate divisions.

Just a year after being nominated Executive Chairman of Saur, Louis-Roch BURGARD (93) introduced an very ambitious industrial plan for this urban water management company. The management board decided to refinance its substantial debt by investing in a quick development in Saudi Arabia. Their objective is clear : rev up their direct competitors, Veolia and Suez.


This alumni is used to acts of force; When he was at the head of Vinci Real Estate division, he already negociated on the TGV trainline between Paris and Bordeaux !

 

                                                                                    

Géraldine CASEY (04)

An alumnus with a golden voice !

 

Géraldine CASEY (95) starts opera singing at the age of 16, way before graduating from ESCP Europe ! After her graduate studies and a brief experience as an analyst at BNP Paribas, she decides that it is time to go back to singing. To perfect her craft, she graduated in execution and concertist at the Normal Music School in Paris.


Her career is then launched when she records several albums, among which a recital dedicated to Mozart in 2010 which has been widely acclaimed in Europe. Thanks to this work, she won several prizes among which the Orphée d'Or given by the Academy of Opera Albums. Her theatrical talents helped her get numerous opperetta roles, from Offenbach to Viennese operetta. "Besides her virtuosity, what strikes the audience is the generosity of her acting" wrote a journalist in French newspaper Ouest France about her performances.

In October 2017, the soprano singer was in Algeria during her international tour. An Alumnus with a remarkable career path, to follow in the future !


Learn more about her and her concerts on her website : 
https://geraldinecasey.book.fr/

 

 

Thiaba CAMARA SY (85)

Make Senegalese women entrepreneur shine !

After brilliant business studies and graduating from ESCP Europe in 1985, Thiaba Camara Sy returned to Senegal to practice as an accountant and auditor in her own firm. In 1990, she founded Deloitte Senegal and led to its expansion by becoming its Managing Director.

Thiaba is also co-founder of the Women's Investment Club Senegal, which aims to address the lack of visibility of women in the financial markets sector. The club accompanies this transformation in the economic life of West Africa which allows the role of women to take an increasingly larger scale. Last September, Thiaba Camary Sy left Deloitte and was announced as the new Executive Director of Operation Afig.


At 54, Thiaba Camara Sy is an accomplished woman and mother of three who does not lack projects for the future!

 

 

Sofiane BEN CHAABANE (04) et Claire LE MARECHAL (05)

Two talents to give a new boost to Tunisian textile industry

In 2011, just after the Tunisian Revolution, Sofiane BEN CHAABANE (04) meets is soon-to-be wife Claire LE MARECHAL (05), created LYOUM, a clothing brand developed between Tunis and Paris, proposing a modern Mediterranean style. Their concept: explore an original style to stand out from classical fashion industry from Tunisia and elsewhere, and make room again for Tunisian creators on the clothing market. Wholeheartedly modern, the LYOUM collections blends genres and draws its influence from the richness of Mediterranean culture, so important in Tunisia. Claire and Sofiane have settled in Tunisia, close to the Tunisian industry and they want to connect product quality and national craftsmanship.

As of today, success has been achieved since a second store opened recently in Mutuelleville, after the opening of the first one in 2012 at La Marsa, North of Tunis. Several pop-up stores in Hammamet, Paris and London were also launched.

Before starting this entrepreneurial adventure, Sofiane had been working in advertising (Saatchi & Saatchi et BETC) and Claire in marketing (Procter & Gamble and French fashion brand La Halle). This french-tunisian couple met in Paris just after their scholarship at ESCP Europe.

Congratulation to Claire and Sofiane for their inspiring projects and we wish a long lasting success to Lyoum !

 

 

 

 

Pierre-André IMBERT (EMBA 02)

An Alumnus advising at the French Presidency

For 20 years, Pierre-André IMBERT (EMBA 02) has been leading high consulting positions on socio-economical topics both in the private sector and within French ministers’ offices. After getting a Masters in Labour Economics, Pierre-André starts off his career as a teacher-researcher. His career path takes a political turn when he becomes advisor to the Presidency of the Financial Committee of the Parliament, between 1997 and 2002.


After his MBA at ESCP Europe, he spent ten years in the HR strategic consulting sector, diretcing the department of social engineering, re-orgenization and re-industrialization at Altedia. He also founded the consulting office Alixio. In 2012, after several years working in consulting offices, Pierre-André came back to public affairs as an advisor within the Ministry of Labour in charge of economical mutations and business relations. He was then appointed as director of the office of two successive Ministers of Labour. Appointed
general Inscpetor of Finances in septemebr 2016, he joined President Emmanuel Macron’s team as special advisor on social topics.


Congratulations to him and his commitment in the challenges to come!

 

 

 

 

Patrice LOUVET (86)

Between France and America : an Alumnus at the head of Ralph Lauren

Born in France, Patrice LOUVET (86), grew up between his native country and the United States. After graduating at ESCP Europe, he followed a MBA program at the University of Illinois. Patrice Louvet started his career at Procter & Gamble in 1989, where he had the opportunity to work on 3 different continent (Europe, North America and Asia) mainly in the company's beauty branch. Since 2015, he was Group President of the 'Global Beauty' branch at P&G, a division gathering 12 brands.
On this month, Patrice Louvet was appointed CEO of Ralph Lauren group, as a replacement for Stefan Larson. In taking the leadership of one of the most piconic American fashion brand, the french-american intends to revitalitalize the brand's prestige.
Congratulations to him, we wish him success in the challenges to come.

 

 

 

 

Boris MITTERMÜLLER (05)

An Alumnus at the head of Foodora France

The racing of Foodora’s pink bicycles is now a common sight in our cityscapes. After starting his career in finance at Lehman Brothers, Crédit Suisse or McKinsey, Boris MITTERMÜLLER (05) became CEO of Foodora group for France since 2015. He now takes benefits from the intense experience of this food tech adventure: the relationships with independent couriers, the revolution for the digital economy and their future projects.

Founded in 2004 and developing first in its home market, the German company has launched in France the next year. Implemented in 10 countries around the world, 60 cities, it has more than 8 000 restaurants and 5000 couriers partners. Thanks to a young market and an increasing demand, Foodora allowed its restaurant partners to register a 30% increase in their revenues.

Congratulations to Boris, and we wish him success without losing speed!

 

 

Hassanein HIRIDJEE (97)

An Alumnus contributing to Madagascar's international outreach !

Since he has been Head of the Executive Board of Telma, the first telecom operator in Madagascar, Hassanein HIRIDJEE (97) contributes to the economical and social development of the island, creating partnership with French phone operators such to develop 3G and 4G network throughout the country. Eager to foster a spirit of innovation in Madagascar, the young French-Malgasy businessman, also CEO of Axian group, invests in all Malgasy facilities projects and services (Energy, telecom, financial and real estate services). Hassanein forged his expertise starting working for Ocean Trade, his family business, just after he graduated from ESCP Europe.

Congratulations to a man who participates in the renewal of Madagascar!

 

 

Soazig BARTHELEMY (MGE 14)

An alumna with a heart of gold

This girl from Brittany could have embraced a career in Finance, but instead, at 22, she decided to travel the world to meet women with an entrepreneurial vocation. Eager to find a meaningful cause to serve, Soazig BARTHELEMY (MGE 14) founded Empower’HER, a NGO which aims to support women initiatives worldwide and help them develop their entrepreneurial potential. To date, over 650 women have benefited from the support of the Empow’Her teams.

As a reward to this project, Soazig was included in Forbes magazine’s “Forbes 30 under 30 Europe”, which highlights the best European social entrepreneurs each year.

Her motto: “Go faster alone, but farther together”

Congratulations to Soazig, who promotes ESCP Europe’s spirit beyond our borders! We wish a long life to her association!

 

 

Fabien NURY (98)


From comics to cinema: a renowned scriptwriter!


With the release of Guyana, the new Canal Plus show, which he co-wrote, you can no longer ignore Fabien NURY. This former editor of commercial videos, became in barely ten years, one of the biggest names in francophone comic strips. A successful author, he has published over thirty albums in various styles: historical narrative, thriller, literary adaptation. In 2015, the French comic strips’ Festival of Angouleme even devoted an exhibition entitled "Fabien Nury, scenario maestro".
We therefore wish him as much success in the cinema, a genre in which he also seems to excel!

 

 

 

Shannon RENAUDEAU (13)

A Young Graduate with a bright future!

With the web series Jeune Diplomée (Young Graduate), Shannon Renaudeau (13) made her first notable steps in production. At only 27 years of age, this young Franco-British took inspiration from her own experience to create and self-produce by herself the first season of this show, sharing the first episodes on Facebook and YouTube. After three episodes, she was contacted by TF1, who offered to broadcast the show and support her for season 2. Honored by the press and rewarded with the Audience Award in the Humor category at the Swiss Web Program Festival 2015, Jeune Diplomée, still has great days ahead... as Shannon intends to continue the show’s momentum with a third season!

 

 

Omar Victor DIOP (MSP 06)


A Senegalese photographer at Paris Photo

At 36, Omar Victor Diop, trained at ESCP Europe, and recruited by Ernst & Young as an analyst and by British American Tobacco (BAT) for its institutional affairs in Africa breaks from his career path. Passionate about photography from an early age, the self-taught photographer’s gamble paid off when he exhibited at the Rencontres de Bamako in 2011. From then, it all happened very quickly: Biennale of Dakar, Rencontres d'Arles, André Magnin gallery, success is on the cards! Recently, the Pernod Ricard group asked him to photograph its employees based in Africa for its 2015-2016 annual report; pictures that were then exhibited at the Paris Photo fair this month at the Grand Palais. A great photographer whose work is acclaimed by the greatest collectors!

 

 

 

 

 

Lorenzo BOGLIONE (MGE 10)

  

An Italian brand in Spain

The young Italian was recently noticed by the Spanish press. Indeed, with the opening of new Superga shops, Lorenzo BOGLIONE (MGE 10) is about to conquer the Spanish market. At only thirty years of age, the heir to the family business Basic net steers the worldwide sales strategy of the group. His success has been to have made the Superga trainer cool in Spain. According to him “millennials don’t know what loafers are” In this context, the iconic brand created in 1911 still has a very bright future!

 

 

Leïla Slimani (MSI 08)

A talented writer

Already noticed thanks to her first novel Dans le jardin de l’ogre, Leila SLIMANI (MSI 08) confirms her talent as a novelist with the publication of her new book Chanson douce. The press ranks the book as one you cannot miss in this new French literary season. The young Franco-Morrocan author is already nominated for the Renaudot, Goncourt and Flore Prizes. For the French newspaper Le Point it is "a success and a confirmation that Leila Slimani is a talented writer". An alumna to read and a literary career to follow closely!

Jean-Paul HELISSEY (MiM student)

A silver student

 

Throughout the year, Jean-Paul HELISSEY has worked with an intensive schedule, alternating lectures at ESCP Europe and training at the National Institute of Sport. This summer, he went to Rio with the French Fencing Team and won the silver medal in the Men’s Fencing Foil Team competition. At just 26 years-old, this MIM student who thrilled the French public, is now ranked among the great athletes that we will still hear about. Under his mask hides a true competitor!

 

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