INSEAD Alumni Association France Elects New President: Thomas Bittner (MBA’75)
Paris, Nov 23, 2017 – INSEAD Alumni Association France has elected Thomas Bittner (MBA’75) as its new president. The vote took place at the association’s Annual General Assembly held on Nov 22, 2017 at Deloitte HQ offices in Paris.
Thomas Bittner is elected for a 3-year term. He succeeds Jean-Marc Liduena (MBA’99J) who served as INSEAD Alumni Association’s President for two subsequent 3-year terms.
Thomas Bittner (MBA 75) is a German national who holds a mechanical engineering degree in nuclear technics from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich.
He graduated from INSEAD in 1975 and joined Creusot Loire, the world’s leading steel supplier for the nuclear industry. During his time in the company, he held multiple operational responsibilities and became member of the Creusot Loire North Europe Executive Committee.
Thomas then joined McKinsey in the Paris office and specialised in industrial strategy design and strategy implementation projects. An important client of McKinsey, Polychrome, the number 1 offset plate producer, hired him to run its European operations. After the successful turnaround of the division, he was named CEO of the company based in New York. He was then headhunted back to Paris to become CEO of Antalis, a multi-billion € paper distributor in Europe with operations in Asia and South America.
He ended his industrial career as a member of a divisional board of Arcelor-Mittal, the world’s largest steel manufacturer. Since then he has been « giving back » by running the INSEAD Alumni Association in France for 6 years, supporting social entrepreneurs, teaching in executive education. He is also consulting in strategy implementation and running his olive oil and wine estate in Provence.
Congratulations Thomas Bittner for this election.
Thank you Jean-Marc Liduena and the Executive Committee for the efforts, commitment, and dedication of the past 6 years. They have propelled the INSEAD Alumni Association into a bright future.