MBA: Reinventing Management in the Face of Crisis

Valeo’s barely-appointed CEO Christophe Perillat embarked on the deep end in early February. In front of analysts, he revealed his strategic plan for Move Up for the next five years: electrification of the car, driving assistance systems … The equipment manufacturer wants to be at the center of the automobile revolution. Like him, Elodie Perthuisot, Director of E-Commerce, Data and Digital Transformation at Carrefour, is evolving in a world of leaps and bounds. E-commerce, express delivery, cashless warehouses, automated warehouses… Innovation is always. The competitors are multifaceted. In the controls of the Rakuten sales site, Fabien Versavau doesn’t have time to breathe either. He must persuade his Japanese shareholder to continue investing in France by multiplying the projects: the creation of an advertising agency, a loyalty program, a promotional week. What is the common denominator between these leaders? All three are MBA graduates. According to them, this training for experienced executives helps them, more than ever, to take the helm.

Time to gain height

“It has given me confidence in myself,” said Elodie Perthuisot, who received her ESCP Executive MBA in 2008. “I know how to gain height, analyze key elements, and define vision.” X-Mines is also a Science-Po graduate. At the time she was the financial director of the City of Science in Paris, she wanted to join the private sector. You will pass the course four years later by joining the Fnac Group, and then Carrefour in 2020. “It was an incredible opportunity which changed me profoundly, confirms Christophe Perillat, X-Mines, who has completed his HEC Executive MBA. Exposure to Business Cases and openness to a variety of subjects, in the job as president, you use every day.” For Fabian Versavão, although he already has a master’s degree in management, he particularly appreciated this combination of strong academic courses, in corporate finance for example, And more personal work in leadership. “After ten years of professional life, which corresponds to the first semester, I needed a break with an English-language curriculum to face the digital revolution and the globalization of the economy,” he explains. This will be the Executive MBA from Essec, in partnership with the German University of Mannheim.

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