We launched our new strategy INSPIRE, GROW and CONNECT in 2011 during a time of uncertainty for our INSEAD Alumni Association France (IAAF). After 8 years of hard work, we are happy to announce that we managed to reverse the current trend of losing membership for the first time since 2011. We have this year 160 more Alumni who joined the members community.

We are also delighted to share with you our major achievements below.
For more details, download our 2019 annual report or see below the presentation

Our 2019 achievements:


📖 COUPLES THAT WORK 📖 by INSEAD professor Jennifer Petriglieri

New book by INSEAD Professor Jennifer Petriglieri explores the triumphs and tensions of dual-career coupledom 

In most developed countries, the dual-earner couple is rapidly becoming the new normal. Forty-six percent of American two-parent households are also dual-income, compared to 31 percent in 1970. In the UK, there are 1.4 million more mothers in the workforce than in 1996. Even in Japan, despite traditional gender roles, married women accounted for about half of total workforce expansion between 2012 and 2017.

However, most career advice is still targeted at sole breadwinners that doesn’t take into account the increasingly complex lives of dual career couples and their relationships. Jennifer Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD – and a member of a dual-career couple –launched herself into the research that eventually became the recently released book Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work (Penguin and Harvard Business Review Press, 2019).

The book innovatively adapts theories of individual psychological development to intra-couple dynamics, drawing upon extensive ethnographic research involving more than 100 couples. Petriglieri identifies three key life/career transitions common to all couples, which must be successfully negotiated if their partnership is to remain greater than the sum of its parts.

The first transition – from independence to interdependence — occurs when couples encounter their first life-changing event, which could be the arrival of their first child or a big career opportunity. The precipitating event forces them to grapple with the question, “How can we make this work?”

Handling the second transition – mid-life reinvention – requires reexamining past career and personal choices and being ready to take the brave and often painful step of adjusting their relationship to suit newly acquired self-knowledge. The pivotal question of this stage is, “What do we really want?”

The third transition, often brought on by upsetting events in the mature stages of life (such as the death of a parent or kids leaving home), demands that couples reframe perceived losses as opportunities to forge a new path forward together. They must tackle the question, “Who are we now?”

Couples That Work is divided into three parts – one for each transition. Each part covers the events that commonly trigger the pertinent transition, its particular pitfalls, and how couples can not only weather the storm but also emerge from the upheaval even stronger in their connection and careers. Included throughout are highly practical exercises and tools based on Petriglieri’s rigorous research and analysis.

For the book, she conducted exhaustive, semi-structured interviews with a strikingly diverse set of 113 couples. They range in age from 26 to 63, hail from 32 countries on four continents, and encompass both gay and straight identities. In 45 of the couples, neither partner had children. What links them all is both partners’ fierce devotion both to their career (as opposed to a job done mainly for money) and to each other.

Of her interview subjects, Petriglieri says: “Their psychological investment in, and commitment to their work sits alongside their commitment to their relationship. It is this combination of commitments that is the source of the dynamics this book focuses on. It can create tension, conflict and sacrifice, it can also create mutual growth, fulfilment and harmony.”

Who’s now Who – September 2019

All INSEAD alumni on the move in France in September 2019
To be listed, email us at contact@inseadalumni.fr


BenoĂźt Galland, MBA 91J, a Ă©tĂ© nommĂ© directeur gĂ©nĂ©ral de Rapidle, Ă  ce poste depuis avril 2019. Il est ainsi chargĂ© de poursuivre et d’accompagner les dĂ©veloppements de la startup face aux diffĂ©rentes transformations alimentaires et modes de consommation. 55 ans, diplĂŽme d’ingĂ©nieur – Centrale Paris (1987), a rĂ©alisĂ© le parcours suivant :
* 2008-2018 : Akuo Energy, codirecteur général.
* 2005-2008 : Dole Europe, président Europe.
* 2004-2005 : Dole Europe, directeur général Europe.
* 2002-2004 : Dole, directeur général France.
* 1998-2002 : Dole, directeur général Afrique du Sud.
* 1996-1998 : Provifruits, coprésident-directeur général.

Julien Renaud-Perret, MBA 98J, est nommĂ© directeur du dĂ©veloppement de Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs, Ă  ce poste depuis septembre 2019. Il est sous la responsabilitĂ© directe de Patricia Damerval, directeur gĂ©nĂ©ral adjoint Groupe. Il est ainsi chargĂ© d’apporter au groupe son expertise internationale dans l’immobilier touristique. A ce titre, il est membre du comitĂ© exĂ©cutif du groupe.
49 ans, ISG (1990), il a réalisé le parcours suivant :
* 2017-2019 : Paref, directeur du développement.
* 2017-2017 : Fosun Property Holdings, managing director Hospitality Europe.
* 2014-2016 : Aman Resorts, chief development & real estate officer.
* 2010-2014 : Orascom Development, directeur général du développement.
* 2006-2010 : Orascom Development, directeur du développement opérationnel.
* 2004-2006 : Club Méditerranée, directeur du développement et du patrimoine.

Jean-Jacques Lafon, MBA 17J, est nommĂ© directeur de la stratĂ©gie, des partenariats et du M&A de Solocal, Ă  ce poste depuis septembre 2019. Il est sous la responsabilitĂ© directe de Nathalie Etzenbach-Huguenin, secrĂ©taire gĂ©nĂ©ral. Il est ainsi chargĂ© d’identifier et d’opĂ©rationnaliser les nouveaux relais de croissance et de continuer Ă  dĂ©velopper des partenariats avec les acteurs clefs du digital dans le cadre de la stratĂ©gie « full Web ». Il sera Ă©galement amenĂ© Ă  travailler sur les grandes orientations stratĂ©giques de Solocal qui seront dĂ©ployĂ©es Ă  l’issue du projet Solocal 2020 sur la pĂ©riode 2021-2022, et qui seront annoncĂ©es dĂ©but 2020. Par ailleurs, il pilotera le processus d’internationalisation du groupe.
35 ans,  ESSEC Business School (2008), master production process – Centrale Lille (2007), a rĂ©alisĂ© le parcours suivant :
* 2017-2019 : Bloomon, directeur général France.
* 2014-2016 : HelloPay, country manager.
* 2013-2014 : Diptyc.ph, chief executive officer et fondateur.
* 2012-2013 : Rocket Internet, global venture development manager.
* 2008-2012 : Lazard FrĂšres, M&A associate.

Luc Poppe, EMBA 04Dec, est nommé managing director, responsable Groupe du secteur Consumer Good & Retail du Groupe CFI, à ce poste depuis juillet 2019.
57 ans, il a réalisé le parcours suivant :
* 2018-2019 : Sentosa Partners, managing partner.
* 2013-2017 : Johnson & Johnson Consumer, responsable développement des fusions et acquisitions.
* 2005-2013 : Johnson & Johnson Consumer, global business development director Skin Care.
* 2001-2003 : Unilever Home & Personal Care Europe, directeur du marketing Europe pour les détergents.
* 1999-2001 : Unilever Home & Personal Care Europe, business operations director Europe.
* 1996-1999 : Unilever Maghreb, directeur marketing et ventes.
* 1993-1995 : Unilever Czech & Slovak Republics, marketing manager home care.
* 1991-1993 : Unilever France, chef de produit.
* 1988-1991 : Unilever France, responsable grands comptes & trade marketing manager.


In the 2019/2020 academic year, INSEAD, the business school for the world and your Association are celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the INSEAD opening on 12 September 2019. Founded by Georges Doriot, Claude Janssen and Olivier Giscard d’Estaing. INSEAD brought business education using the case method to Europe. The school they established is to this day a diverse and entrepreneurial institution that promotes prosperity and peace around the world.

As a start of the celebration, the INSEAD Alumni Association France hosted a party on September 12 at le Bal de la Marine, a boat just under the Eiffel Tower. 200 alumni joined us. Thank you for being with us!

We were honored to welcome Olivier Giscard d’Estaing who shared with us the vision he had when creating INSEAD, Jean-Marie d’Arjuzon, Alain Demaiziùre and Guy Escudier, MBA 60 who shared with us their Experience back then. Ilian Mihov, our dean introduced the vision for INSEAD in the coming years.

We are looking forward to keep celebrating the 60th anniversary of INSEAD.

Who’s Now Who – Juin 2019

All INSEAD alumni on the move in France – April/ May/ June 2019
To be listed, email us at contact@inseadalumni.fr

Christian Blanc, MBA INSEAD 98,  est nommĂ© directeur commercial et marketing opĂ©rationnel de Butagaz, Ă  ce poste depuis mars 2019, en remplacement de Sylvie Gallois. Il est  chargĂ© de rĂ©pondre efficacement aux profonds changements des modes de consommation des Français en matiĂšre de produits et services Ă©nergĂ©tiques. Il a pour mission de structurer l’offre gaz liquides et d’en assurer le dĂ©veloppement du portefeuille clients particuliers et la collaboration avec les partenaires professionnels. Son arrivĂ©e s’inscrit dans la stratĂ©gie de Butagaz d’accĂ©lĂ©rer sa transformation, amorcĂ©e depuis 3 ans dĂ©jĂ , vers un groupe multi-Ă©nergies et services. IngĂ©nieur chimiste – ESCIL (1989), il a rĂ©alisĂ© le parcours suivant :
* 2015-2019 : Sonepar France, directeur commercial et marketing.
* 2009-2009 : Lafarge Granulats France, directeur commercial.
* 2007-2015 : LafargeHolcim France, directeur général commerce ciments, en charge du commercial
* 2005-2007 : Lafarge Ciment, directeur logistique et achats France.
* 2001-2005 : Lafarge Ciment, directeur stratégie et business développement UK.
* 1999-2001 : LafargeHolcim, manager stratégie corporate international.
* 1995-1997 : Imperial Chemical Industries, responsable commercial Grands comptes.

Javier Perez-Tasso, TGM INSEADF/F’12Jun, est promu chief executive officer de SWIFT, Ă  compter du 1er juillet 2019. Il reporte Ă  Yawar Shah, prĂ©sident du conseil d’administration. Master finance – Instituto de Empresa de Madrid (2000), MBA – Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (1995), diplĂŽme d’ingĂ©nieur – Grenoble INP (1994), il a rĂ©alisĂ© le parcours suivant :
* 2015-2019 : SWIFT, directeur des régions Amériques et Royaume-Uni.
* 2012-2015 : SWIFT, directeur marketing, en charge de guider Swift vers le dĂ©veloppement et la mise en place d’initiatives stratĂ©giques visant Ă  stimuler la croissance dans les divers secteurs d’activitĂ© de la coopĂ©rative au niveau mondial.
* 2010-2012 : SWIFT, head of product management.

Stanislas Henry, MBA INSEAD 96, est nommĂ© directeur opĂ©rations et partenariats stratĂ©giques d’IvanhoĂ© Cambridge Europe, Ă  ce poste depuis mai 2019, sous la responsabilitĂ© directe de Karim Habra, directeur gĂ©nĂ©ral. Il est ainsi en charge de la gestion et du dĂ©veloppement des partenariats stratĂ©giques. Il s’agit d’une crĂ©ation de poste.

Xavier Cheval, MBA INSEAD 16, 36 ans, est promu directeur gĂ©nĂ©ral d’Icade SantĂ©, Ă  ce poste depuis avril 2019, en remplacement de Françoise Delettre. Centrale Paris (2005), il a rĂ©alisĂ© le parcours suivant :
* 2017-2019 : Icade, directeur gĂ©nĂ©ral adjoint en charge des investissements et des finances d’Icade SantĂ©.
* 2016-2016 : Icade, directeur des investissement d’Icade SantĂ©.
* 2011-2015 : Icade, responsable des investissements d’Icade SantĂ©.
* 2007-2011 : EY France, manager et consultant senior au sein du département Financement de projet.
* 2005-2007 : EY France, auditeur et consultant junior au sein du département Financement de projet.

Hideki Kurata, MBA INSEAD 01,  46 ans  a Ă©tĂ© nommĂ© directeur gĂ©nĂ©ral France de Greystar, Ă  ce poste depuis septembre 2018. La sociĂ©tĂ© vient par ailleurs d’acquĂ©rir Acteva, un spĂ©cialiste français de la gestion de rĂ©sidences Ă©tudiantes.
Son parcours:
* 2014-2018 : Axa Real Estate, head of alternatives & special situations.
* 2009-2014 : GE Capital, managing director, business development M&A Europe.
* 2007-2009 : GE Healthcare Financial Services, executive director real estate & business development.
* 2003-2007 : GE Capital, directeur du développement des services financiers France et Belgique.
* 2001-2003 : GE Capital, associate director business development M&A.

Janet Dekker, INSEAD MCCC 13 ET CCC 06 est nommĂ©e directeur gĂ©nĂ©ral adjoint ressources humaines d’Air France-KLM, Ă  compter de mai 2019. Elle est sous la responsabilitĂ© directe de Benjamin Smith, directeur gĂ©nĂ©ral. Elle est ainsi chargĂ©e de dĂ©velopper une vision commune sur la gestion des talents et sur les rĂ©munĂ©rations. Elle est Ă©galement en charge du dĂ©veloppement du top management d’Air France-KLM, et des relations avec le comitĂ© de rĂ©munĂ©ration du conseil d’administration d’Air France-KLM. A ce titre, elle rejoint le comitĂ© exĂ©cutif.

Frédéric Huet, MBA INSEAD 00, est promu directeur associé de Solon Management Consulting France, à ce poste depuis mars 2019.
Master electrical, electronics & communications engineering – ENSEM (1994), a rĂ©alisĂ© le parcours suivant :
* 2017-2019 : Solon Management Consulting, partner, managing partner UK.
* 2013-2016 : EY UK, partner advisory TMT.
* 2002-2013 : Greenwich Consulting, partner.

Laurence Miall D’Aout, MBA INSEAD 01, est nommĂ©e chief commercial officer de Deezer, Ă  compter d’avril 2019. Elle est ainsi en charge des activitĂ©s BtoB au niveau mondial. A ce titre, elle rejoint le comitĂ© de direction.
BBA corporate finance – EDHEC (1995), ell a rĂ©alisĂ© le parcours suivant :
* 2016-2019 : Liberty Global, vice president advanced data & advertising.
* 2013-2016 : TVbeat, chief executive officer.
* 2009-2012 : Modern Times Group, co-managing director of the UK operations.
* 2007-2009 : Modern Times Group, executive vice president of FreeTV.
* 2002-2007 : Modern Times Group, chief executive officer of PayTV in Russia & CEE.



We are really happy to announce that the INSEAD Alumni Association France is extending your network.

Please join us to (re)welcome our new fellow Alumni from Columbia Business Club France, MIT Club of France, Stanford Club of France and obviously Wharton Paris

As an international network, we believe in synergies, connections and new opportunities. In order to make our network stronger, we engaged in a partnership with several international Business School.

We defined 3 pillars to work on through these partnerships.

  • Young Alumni
    What are the young alumni expecting from their Alumni Association?
    By combining our strength with other Alumni association, we are extending our events offer and we can work together on this generational shift.
  • Career
    The more we are, the more opportunities you get to find a new job, exchange with others, building a new project, etc.
  • Entrepreneurship
    Entrepreneurship is all about sharing ideas, challenging and reinventing yourself every day. You can now go beyond the INSEAD network

These partnerships are already really active. A first event co-organized with the MIT Club of France took place on January 23, with Thierry Lepercq, Executive Vice President in charge of Research, Technology and Innovation.  Our next co-organized event will be with the Columbia Club of France:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/partnership-inseadcolumbia-business-school-what-it-takes-to-be-a-successful-entrepreneurial-leader-tickets-53990738753

Assemblée Générale 2018

L’AssemblĂ©e GĂ©nĂ©rale 2018

C’est toujours avec un grand plaisir que nous avons accueilli prĂšs d’une centaine de membres pour notre AssemblĂ©e GĂ©nĂ©rale.

Pour la premiĂšre fois, nous Ă©tions accueillis par la Banque Richelieu France que nous remercions chaleureusement.

Au programme de cette AssemblĂ©e GĂ©nĂ©rale, les accomplissements de l’exercice 2017-2018, premiĂšre annĂ©e de mandat de notre prĂ©sident Thomas Bittner, et les projets de l’exercice Ă  venir.

Cet exercice a Ă©tĂ© marquĂ© par 200 Ă©vĂ©nements et 4099 participants. Nos clubs, trĂšs actifs grĂące au travail acharnĂ© de nos bĂ©nĂ©voles, font la fiertĂ© de notre association et nous espĂ©rons vous (re)voir sur l’un de leurs Ă©vĂ©nements trĂšs prochainement.

Autre fait marquant, et un peu moins heureux : la baisse du nombre de cotisants. Avec une perte de 50 membres sur l’exercice, le comitĂ© stratĂ©gique de l’Association est Ă  pied d’Ɠuvre pour travailler sur l’expĂ©rience des Alumni et notamment des plus rĂ©centes promotions. C’est Ă©galement la mission de notre nouveau comité Young Alumni, dirigĂ© par Hicham Aber.

Concernant les projets de notre association pour 2019, l’annĂ©e sera animĂ©e par le lancement de Business & Society. Cette chaire, crĂ©Ă©e par l’INSEAD il y a quelques mois, nous invite Ă  travailler sur l’impact du Business sur notre sociĂ©tĂ©. Tout au long de l’annĂ©e, des Ă©vĂ©nements seront crĂ©Ă©s pour accompagner cette thĂ©matique.

A l’ordre du jour Ă©galement, une offre plus conviviale. Nous dĂ©velopperons tout au long de l’annĂ©e des Ă©vĂ©nements INSEAD Alumni ouverts Ă  vos familles et amis pour partager des moments de convivialitĂ©.

Enfin, pour les membres 2019, vos compagnes/ons peuvent dĂ©sormais s’inscrire au tarif membres Ă  tous nos Ă©vĂ©nements

Toutes les actions menés et projets à venir sont consultables ci-dessous en cliquant sur les liens :

Welcome to Florence Larigauderie, new Executive Committee Member!

We are happy to welcome Florence Larigauderie IEP 01F/S as our new VP Corporate and Entrepreneurship Conferences.
In order to enrich the club events offer and to address the current business trends we are creating more cross events. Florence is an enthusiastic team player and has long been active in the IAAF. She is the Hacking Growth Club’s co-President and actively participates in the creation of “Vertical Mobility” events in partnership with the Energy, Auto and Economy clubs.
Florence studied archaeology and led teams working on an excavation site in Syria, creating at the same time a cultural tourism business locally. Eager to make good use of her leadership and negotiation skills, she joined the business world working for the Japanese company Konica. Over the course of her career she joined Steelcase, American Express GBT, BNP Paribas and Edenred, developing business and defining new strategies in several areas, including Travel and Payment means. She is also the Treasurer of the Orchestre Atelier Ostinato, a center of excellence training high potential young musicians to play in a symphonic orchestra. 

The Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society

On October 5, The Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, which aims to transform leaders, change the world, was inaugurated.

The Institute brings together business leaders, INSEAD’s world-class faculty and staff, researchers, alumni and students from different countries, disciplines and experiences. The goal is to create new knowledge, curricula, and outreach opportunities to equip tomorrow’s leaders with the tools necessary to address our global challenges

Our Dean, Ilian Mihov, told us : “The greatest challenges of your day cannot be solved with old ways of thinking. They require the ingenuity of bold leaders who can champion business as a force for good. INSEAD is committed to develop these leaders.

President of this Institute is Katell Le Goulven. We already have celebrated this Institute at our Global INSEAD Day in her presence.

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