The Professorship in International Corporate Governance at ESCP, fruit of its partnership with KPMG, aimed to identify new realities in judicial, financial, strategic, fiscal and social matters, with the participation of qualified leading figures from the economic and social world to explore the new challenges for transnational groups.
ICG Professorship in Four Words
What is a Professorship?
A thinking and sharing space where the partner of ESCP, KPMG, will be able to transmit its expertise, while supporting research and teaching activities on the subject of governance for a period of 3 years.
What is Governance?
Governance is the management and control system of a group, which represents an entity comprising a parent company and all the subsidiary companies over which it exercises exclusive control.
Governance in the News
This is an area that is constantly evolving and increasingly under the scrutiny of investors, public authorities, the media and employees.
It is a source of sustainable value creation for companies in a context of increasing transparency.
Les missions du Professorship
The mission of the Professorship is to disseminate good practices and produce new knowledge for the managers of tomorrow.
It is a pragmatic approach (based on concrete practices), transdisciplinary (different subjects and participants) and cross-border (global analysis).
KPMG is a global network of audit, fiscal and advisory services.
ESCP is a French higher education institution based in the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Poland and Germany where it has the status of a university.
The International Corporate Governance Professorship is led by a Steering Committee and a Strategic Committee.
Discover their members.
Patrick-Hubert is a global lead partner based in KPMG Paris office with significant experience in providing Financial Audit and Advisory services to transnational corporations and major listed companies.
In addition to Client lead partner role, Patrick-Hubert held over the past 12 years various responsibilities within KPMG, both in France (Head of Risk Advisory Services, Head of Audit, member of the Managing board of KPMG Audit France) and internationally (Global Head of Retail, member of the Global Risk Advisory steering group and of the Global Consumer Markets leadership team, Head of Construction sector for Europe – Middle East – Africa, Coordinating partner for the activities of the KPMG practices in French-speaking African countries). Since 2012, he is a member of the Supervisory board of the KPMG French-speaking sub-Saharan African practices and he chairs their Partners’ Remuneration Committees. He is also the Vice-Chair of the KPMG Foundation in France.
Patrick-Hubert has strong involvement in the area of Corporate governance. He is the KPMG contact partner with the French Institute of Directors (IFA) and he is active at IFA’s “Club de la Recherche en Gouvernance” and “Club des Présidents de Comités d’Audit”. He chairs the KPMG Audit Committee Institute in France, which is a forum dedicated to Audit Committee members, and he has responsibility for co-piloting the KPMG Professorship in International Corporate Governance at ESCP. Patrick-Hubert is regularly invited as speaker or facilitator at various conferences in the area of Corporate governance.
David Chekroun is a tenured professor of international business law at ESCP in the campuses of London and Paris, the KPMG professor in international corporate governance, and the co-faculty chair for the law & finance program. Doctor of law of the Sorbonne law school, obtaining a master in European business of ESCP, he lectures various courses in the field of international business transactions for law and business students in Europe and in the United States.
At ESCP, he is the co-director of the « law & finance » major, that offers students, an unparalleled combination of legal and financial education. He designs and develops with faculty and top executives for European companies, executive education programs with a special focus on law and business skills. He was appointed scientific director of the EDF Contract Management Certificate Program.
He is visiting professor of international business law at NYU Abu Dhabi. He was visiting professor of international business transactions at Cardozo school of law in New York City, global Hauser research fellow at NYU school of law, adjunct professor of International arbitration at the Sorbonne law school and assistant professor at university of Paris XI.
His research interests are mainly, international business law, law & business, judicial studies and controversial legal issues in Europe. He has published a number of articles in the field of international business transactions and he is one of the editors-in-chief of the International Business Law Journal.
He is admitted to the Paris bar and worked in the litigation and arbitration department of a leading English Firm. In addition he was scholar-in-residence to the international arbitration group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in the London office. He also advised, as a legal consultant, law firms and companies in international business transactions.
As a member of different think tanks, he crafts innovative policies and organize conferences on comparative procedure and international business in Paris, London, Brussels and New York.
KPMG Partner, Professorship Executive Director
Graduated of ESCP, French qualified legal auditor and French Certified Chartered accountant, Stella Vitchénian joined KPMG Paris in 1997 and is a partner in the firm’s “Consumer Market” department. She provides Financial Audit and Advisory services to global listed and family-owned companies of the Retail and Food & Drink sector. Thus she get a good knowledge of best practices and specific challenges in this industry. She acquired a strong knowledge of consolidation and IFRS standards. She also fulfilled internal HR function as People Manager for about 10 years.
Member of an internal working group on Risk Management and Internal Control, Stella is actively involved in the development of lines of services for KPMG audit clients on this field. Stella is also in charge of several projects of the “Audit Committee Institute” in France since its creation, which is a forum dedicated to Audit Committee members and supported by KPMG, and also rapporteur of the “Cercle de réflexion des administrateurs sur la gouvernance” (a Board members’ think-tank about Governance) guided by KPMG. She contributes to conferences on these themes. Stella was also a member of the steering committee of the KPMG/ESCP “Chair for Governance, Strategies, Risks and Performance” during its 7 years of existence and of the “Professorship in International Corporate Governance” of KPMG at ESCP since 2015.
Stella is the author of several works and publications on Risk management, Internal Control and Governance, including various studies and surveys about the “Practices of Audit Committees in France and in the world”, and of a thesis about “The Challenges of Corporate Governance”.
After graduating from Dartmouth College and the law school of the University of Cali-fornia at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Drew Shagrin worked as a transactions lawyer in San Francisco.
With a practice devoted to public-private partnerships, Drew represented doz-ens of public and private entities in hundreds of complex government-related real estate transactions. Drew then moved to France for family reasons, but remains an inactive member of the California State Bar.
In France, Drew first taught law-related courses at Sciences Po and HEC, then as an en-trepreneur he launched mamaNANA, a multi-brand online store devoted to the needs of pregnant women and young mothers. Drew built mamaNANA to 950K€ in annual reve-nue, mostly B2C, then ten years after founding it he sold mamaNANA to a Belgian firm.
Today, Drew is an adjunct professor at ESCP, teaching International Contract Law, International Business Law, and Company Law. Drew also teaches Business Ethics as an adjunct professor at the Sciences Po law school, and Corporate and Business Law at Rennes Business School. In addition, Drew consults for several businesses in the law, venture capital, and software sectors.
With his triple background in law, business, and education, Drew is the principal screenwriter of the documentary film on international corporate governance currently being produced by the ICG professorship.
Graduated in tourism products management, his professional background includes experiences both in logistics coordination and relations management in a crisis unit, particulary for SwissLife company and CNP group.
Nowadays, Yohnn Marsollier is Corporate Chairs and Professorships Coordinator within ESCP. He is in charge of supporting existing Chairs and Professorships development and assisting in new business negotiations. Involved in Orientation committees and Steering committees’ organization with partner companies, in holding events and drawing up budgets, he substantively coordinates the overall activities and works related to Chairs & Professorships, and provides administrative and logistic support.
With a Master’s degree in History of International Relations from the University of Paris 1 and a Master’s degree in Communication, Mediation, Negotiation and Risk Management from the Institut Catholique de Paris. He leads a communication enterprise with his ventures Alcyos and Digitalia for an advisory activity in management, strategy and digital transformation.
Sara Bertin is a macroeconomist specialized in country risk and sovereign risk.
Sara started her career within the African Division of the IMF. In 2001 she joined Moody’s where for close to ten years she was in charge of the sovereign rating of countries in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Since 2012, she handles country and sovereign risk at the Direction of Investment of the AXA Group.
Sara taught as an adjunct professor at Hong-Kong University of Technology; Science-Po Paris and at ESSEC in the context of the school executive Masters.
She keeps up academic research first in the context of a partnership with the OECD Development Center (2009-2011) and more recently through a joint project on “crisis contagion” with Vanessa Strauss-Kahn and Steve Ohana.
Sara holds a Ph.D. in economics from New York University (Ph.D.) and a Master in Journalism from Columbia University.
IEP Paris, BA in Economics La Sorbonne, ENA 2002.
Parliamentary Assistant to Paul Loridant, Senator of Essonne (1989); Technical Advisor Economy and Finance, Socialist Group of the Senate, and Vice-President of the Association of Parliamentary Assistants of the Senate (1990-99); ENA (2000-2002); Assistant manager to the Deputy Director of Sports of the City of Paris (2002-2004); Advisor to Christian Sautter, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Finance, Economy and Employment (2004-2007); Chief of Staff of Benoit Leclercq, Director General of AP-HP (2007-2009); Secretary General of the Socialist Group of the Senate (2009-2011); Deputy Director of Health of the City of Paris (2012-2014); Deputy Director, then Chief of Staff of André Vallini, Secretary of State for Territorial Reform (2014-2016); Chief of staff of Jean-Vincent Placé, Secretary of State for State Reform and Simplification (2016-2017); General Director of the Parisienne de Photographie (2017-).
Professor of General Culture (INSEEC); Professor of territorial government authorities law (IGPDE, INSEEC, Sciences Po); essays, including “territorial reform: towards greater efficiency and equality” Fondation Jean Jaurès 2015; many articles on territorial affairs.
Regis is the Partner in charge of the France Real Estate & hotels sector at KPMG Audit.
His principal real estate clients (mainly audit and transaction advisory work) are, or have recently included French and international Reits (Unibail-Rodamco, Altarea-Cogedim, Mercialys, Klépierre, SFL, Silic, CeGeREAL, MRM …), non listed real estate funds (CarVal Investors, CBRE, Allianz Real Estate France, AEW Europe, ProLogis, Cordea savills …) and various asset or property managers.
He is the advisor of the French Fédération des Sociétés Immobilières et Foncières. He regularly issues articles or benchmark surveys on reits and real estate funds.
Donna Costa is an Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation in Japan, as well as the President of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings America, Inc., headquartered in New York City, and the President and Managing Director of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Europe GmbH, headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany. She has over twenty years of experience in the chemicals, plastics, functional materials and life sciences sectors, working across diverse cultures, industries and functions. Donna has extensive experience in management, law, compliance, M&A and corporate governance.
Donna is a Juris Doctor with Magna Cum Laude distinction from Cardozo School of Law, and earned an Executive MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, the London School of Economics and HEC School of Management Paris, through their TRIUM alliance, where she ranked #1 in her class. Donna earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Studies from Tufts University.
Donna began her career as an Associate at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City, where she managed complex commercial litigation on behalf of domestic and international clients. She was subsequently recruited by the firm’s client Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation to be its first General Counsel and build a legal department in the Americas. Soon after, Donna established the company’s compliance and ethics program, which is currently used in over a dozen countries. Her responsibility expanded over time to include corporate governance, internal audit and controls, risk management, human resources, finance, cash management and tax. Her work focuses on the Americas and Europe, but touches Asia as well.
Throughout her career, Donna has brought perspective, balance and business acumen to business, legal and compliance matters. She is the ‘go-to’ advisor for many company executives, who value her judgment and guidance. Donna is deeply committed to mentoring managers and executives, and takes a keen interest in nurturing diversity and contributing to the transformation of corporate culture.
Donna serves on a number of corporate boards, covering four continents. She is active in and certified by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the Board Director Training Institute of Japan (BDTI).
Donna is an adjunct professor at ESCP’s Executive MBA Programme in Paris in Berlin, where she co-teaches a course on International Business Ethics & Corporate Governance. She is a frequent guest speaker on global leadership issues.
Donna resides in New York City. She enjoys teaching, mentoring, travel and writing.
Loïc Dessaint has been Chief Executive Officer of Proxinvest, the independent French proxy firm, since June 2014.
Graduated from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille (Division Economics and Finance) and from a Master of International Financial Analyst. After a first experience in audit and the validation of the CFA 1st level exam, Loïc joined Proxinvest in 2001 as financial analyst in charge of corporate governance rating. In 2005 he became Associate responsible for multiple services: Corporate Governance and Proxy Voting Research, definition and implementation of client voting guidelines, management of the international partnership ECGS, IT development and shareholder engagement.
Managing Partner of Expert Corporate Governance Service (ECGS), a unique joint-venture of local experts in Corporate Governance and shareholder rights across Europe, working exclusively for investors.
Member of the technical committee of the shareholder engagement fund Phitrust Active Investors, member of International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), and member of the Best practice Principles for Shareholder Voting Research.
Awarded Best individual analyst for Corporate Governance Research in Extel-SRI Connect “The Independent Research in Responsible Investment Survey” 2014 (6th in 2012, 6th in 2013, 3rd in 2015, 5th in 2016).
Rodney DE SOUZA
Rodney de Souza is a New York attorney-at-law holding law degrees from New York (Cornell), Paris (Sorbonne) and London (King’s College). He is currently the Head of Legal Affairs & Partnerships at an intergovernmental organisation and a member of its management committee. In his current role he advises the Director-General and all departments on a wide range of operational and governance matters, primarily in connection with complex contracts, litigation, procurement, human resources, and relationship with member countries and partners.
He was a senior associate at an international law firm in New York City where he represented Fortune 500 companies, international organisations, universities and startup companies in the life sciences and clean technology sectors in various technology-based transactions, including licenses, technology development, transfer, acquisition, joint development, collaboration, product development, and product distribution.
In addition, he served as the Head of the M&A and Corporate Governance at a global pharmaceutical company where he provided legal leadership and support for a full range of international licensing and M&A activities in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, and established compliance policies.
He is a senior lecturer at Sciences Po Paris and has been a guest speaker at ESCP, ENA, Cornell Law School and Cardozo Law School.
Bernard Field is a graduate of law school and a former student of the National School of Magistracy. Magistrate, he was substitute of the public prosecutor in Versailles, then first deputy prosecutor in Paris (financial section).
He joined the Saint-Gobain Group in 1985, where he served as Director of Legal Services, Director of Legal and Tax Affairs, General Secretary and member of the Saint-Gobain Executive Committee.
Currently a member of the sanctions committee of the AMF, he has also been a member of the national accounting council, the higher participation council and chairman of the Medef business law committee. In 2012, he joined the Paris office of Allen & Overy as a Senior Counsel.
Through his work at Hamilton Place Strategies, U.S. Treasury Department, and White House, Tony Fratto has accumulated decades of experience in domestic and international economic policy. Tony founded Hamilton Place Strategies in 2009. The communications consulting firm brings an analytical approach to solving complex public policy issues. At HPS, Tony directs the firm’s business strategy and leads client teams in highly-regulated sectors, especially in finance and international economic policy.
Before founding HPS, Tony worked at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary. He worked directly with the President and the Administration’s senior economic policy, national security, and legal teams, communicating on international and domestic policy issues to national and foreign media.
Prior to his time at the White House, Tony served at the U.S. Treasury Department, including as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. In this capacity, he led the Administration’s communications strategy for addressing major economic policy issues, including financial crises, tax policy, and international development programs.
Tony served in senior roles with three U.S. Treasury secretaries, leading on activities including G7 and G20 finance ministers meetings, IMF and World Bank meetings, preparation for congressional testimony, media interviews, and speeches.
Combining his work at the Treasury and the White House, Tony directed and participated in communications efforts in more than 60 countries around the world. Tony is especially proud of his work to advance major international initiatives, including multiple trade agreements, creation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, debt cancellation for highly-indebted poor countries, and global health initiatives to fight HIV/AIDS and malaria.
In addition to his role with Hamilton Place Strategies, Tony serves on the boards of World Food Program USA, Center for Global Development, Care Action!, and Fundção Dom Cabral. He is an on-air contributor with the CNBC Business News Network, regularly commenting on current economic policy issues. Tony is also a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
Sophie L’Hélias began her career as an M&A attorney in New York and Paris.
She later joined an event-driven hedge fund in New York as Managing Director and founded a strategic corporate governance advisory firm. An expert on governance issues, she co-founded the International Corporate Governance Network (www.ICGN.org), today’s leading global investor-led governance organization, where she had several roles.
Sophie L’Hélias recently founded LeaderXXchange™ in the United States, which collaborates with institutional investors, business leaders and other market participants to promote diversity on corporate boards worldwide.
Author of the book “Le Retour de l’Actionnaire” (“The Shareholder Comeback”), Ms. L’Hélias has frequently had articles published in Europe, the United States and Canada and is a regular speaker at international business or academic forums on international corporate governance, shareholder activism and board diversity.
Sophie L’Hélias is an inactive member of the New York and Paris Bars. She holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Laws from the law schools of the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne- Paris I, following law studies at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany.
Sophie L’Helias has been a member of several non-profit and academic boards and a Senior Fellow at economic, strategic or governance think tanks in the United States.
Daniel Lebègue graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Lyon and from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He started his career in 1969 at the Direction of the Treasury, French Ministry of Economy and Finance. From 1974 to 1976, Daniel Lebègue was the Financial Attaché to the French Embassy in Japan. Back to the Direction of Treasury, he occupied successively the functions of Head of the Balance of Payments office and of Head of Treasury Office at the Treasury.
In 1981, he was promoted as the Technical Adviser to the Prime Minister’s Cabinet in charge of economic and financial affairs. He became the Assistant Director of the Treasury in 1983, then Director of the Treasury from 1984 to 1987. In 1987, he joined Banque Nationale de Paris as Chief Executive Officer, then as Vice Chairman. From 1998 to 2002, Daniel Lebègue was the Chief Executive Officer of Caisse des Dépots et Consignations.
Since 2003, he has been a non executive director of Alcatel, Crédit Agricole SA, Technip, Scor and he is member of the Supervisory Board of Areva. He is also Chairman of the Board of the “Institut du développement durable et des Relations Internationales”, Chairman of the Board of the French section of “Transparency International” and Co-chairman of Eurofi.
From 2003 to 20147, he was President of the Institut Français des Administrateurs (IFA), a French professional association of Directors.
Since 2008, he has been President of the Observatoire sur la responsabilité sociétale des entreprises.
Trainee lawyer at the Barreau de Paris, graduated from ESCP (batch 2017), Quentin holds a double degree of law and economics and a master degree in Business law from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He worked as financial analyst and legal trainee in various law firms in Paris. He currently shares his studies with an entrepreneurial activity in the legaltech sector.
Val Myteberi is responsible for growing the success of graduate and international programs, as well as for future innovation at Cardozo. She is a member of the law school’s senior leadership team, playing a critical role in shaping the law school’s overall strategic direction.
She works closely with other administrators, faculty, and staff to ensure that graduate students receive an excellent education and that international collaborations and partnerships enrich the entire Cardozo community. Val is in charge of The Masters of Laws (LL.M) and The Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D) program leadership, management and oversight, recruiting and advising graduate students and working in close cooperation with the Dean’s office and faculty to ensure the needs of graduate students are accounted for and integrated in the overall academic and professional development programs. She is also responsible for negotiating agreements on behalf of Cardozo and building partnerships with global educational, private and public partner institutions, expanding opportunities for students and Cardozo worldwide.
Val holds a Masters of Laws with a concentration in corporate law from Cardozo School of Law and an LL.B. from University of Tirana, Albania. She was formerly the Program Director of The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance, where she worked on an international scale and across academic, research, diplomatic and non-governmental partners acting as a persuasive advocate for The Center’s priorities.
She has organized dozens of symposia, colloquia and conferences with top professionals in various areas of the law. At The Center, her work has increased exposure to and engagement with contemporary banking, corporate and securities laws. She has conducted extensive research and analysis on new comprehensive financial reform regulations in the U.S., UK and the EU, with a special focus on systemic risk, prudential supervision, expansion of agency enforcement powers and supervisory regimes after the Dodd-Frank Act, Basel III requirements, and FSA directives.
During the winter intersession Val teaches a deal-making class, called ITRANS.
Gilles Pillet is Professor of Business Law at ESCP in the department of Economics, Law and Social Sciences. He holds a Doctorate in Private Law and a Post-Doctoral qualification for the Supervision of Research in Law, both from Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) University. He teaches national and comparative Business Law and notably Contract and Company Law.
At the same time he lectures Contract Law at the Sciences-Po Paris School of Law and is a legal consultant to the National Bar Council since 2008. As such he has namely worked on matters such as Third Party Funding, class actions, and the reform of French Contract Law.
Prior to joining ESCP he was an assistant Professor at University of Paris XII where he taught Credit Law, transactions concerning payment, debt and transfers, Property Law, Securities Law, and the influence of Human Rights on Private Law.
He’s also a former legal practitioner (admitted to the Paris bar) and has collaborated for more than ten years with lawyers entitled to appear before the Court of Cassation.
His research focuses on business contracts, their relationships with economics and ethics and Islamic Finance. He’s in charge of the International Business Law Journal division’s dealing with innovative contractual practices.
Jean-Florent is Managing Director at Morrow Sodali, a leader in corporate governance consulting and shareholder engagement services provided to corporate boards and professional investors. He joined the firm in 2017 to lead the french practice.
He has been previously and successively valuation Partner at EY for 15 years in Paris and New-York, Managing Director of Houlihan Lokey, an investment bank, for 6 years in London and Paris and KPMG Corporate Finance Partner where he led the Valuation and Capital Market Insights activity for 6 years.
Throughout his career he has been deeply involved in complex public transactions where he assisted companies, boards or investors in business valuations, fairness opinions, financial strategy, value based management, integrated reporting and shareholder engagement. He has developed a strategic framework to assists listed companies to align their share price on intrinsic value by defining their shareholder positioning, creating an equity story, targeting investors that matter, creating value and organizing an on-going dialogue with their fundamental investors.
Jean-Florent has also developed an expertise in Corporate Governance matters. He is a founder of the French Director Institute, a longtime member of its board and the author of a book (vademecum de l’administrateur) and several reports on governance best practices.
He is a frequent speaker and author on corporate finance, valuation and corporate governance and teaches these topics in several business schools (SciencesPo, ENSAE, HEC Group, ESCP).
His complete curriculum can be found at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanflorentrerolle/
Tim Rogmans has worked as a Management Consultant with LEK Consulting and with the strategy discipline of Gemini Consulting across Europe (1987-1998).
He then held management positions in risk management, IT services and merger integration for Atradius Credit Insurance in the Netherlands and France (1999-2005).
In 2005, Tim moved to the Hariri Canadian University in Lebanon as Instructor and Department Chairman at the College of Business.
In 2007, he became Director of the Centre for Professional Development at Zayed University in the UAE, where he managed the University’s executive education and corporate training activities.
Since February 2010, he works as a faculty member at the College of Business at Zayed University. He is the author or co-author of three books on trade and investment in the Middle East, including “The Emerging Markets of the Middle East – Strategies for Entry and Growth”.
Tim has also written various articles and three case studies on Foreign Direct Investment in the Middle East.
He is a founding Board Member of the MENA Chapter of the Academy of International Business. Tim holds a Bsc degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, a MBA from Insead and a PhD from Nyenrode University.
Darren Rosenblum joined the Pace Law faculty in 2004, and became a full professor in 2009. He teaches Contracts, Corporations and International Business Transactions, and serves as the Director of the Business Law Concentration, Director of Commercial and Private International Law Programs and Faculty Advisor of the Institute for International and Commercial Law. His scholarship focuses on corporate governance, in particular on remedies for sex inequality.
Professor Rosenblum clerked in the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico from 1996-1998 and then practiced international arbitration at Clifford Chance and Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher and Flom in their New York offices from 1998-2004. He represented primarily non-U.S. clients in multilingual arbitration and litigation matters. Professor Rosenblum has served as a visiting professor at Sciences Po Law School in Paris, American University and Seattle University and has taught at Fordham and the University of Pennsylvania Law Schools. He has presented his work and lectured in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
In 2011, he was a Fulbright Research Scholar in France to perform an empirical study on the French quota for women on corporate boards which he presented as the guest of honor at the French National Assembly. He also presented this research at the Federal Election Commission (U.S.), the European Commission Justice Department and at workshops and conferences at the law faculties of Chicago, Harvard, Sciences Po and Yale, among others.
Eliane Rouyer-Chevalier professional background is essentially in the fields of Financial Communications and Investor Relations as she was Head of IR at Accor and chaired as President of the French Association of Investor Relations (CLIFF) and co-founder of Observatoire de la Communication Financière (OCF) an observatory which main purpose is to promote best practices in financial communications matters with a multidisciplinary approach.
She founds ERC Consulting, a consulting firm in Financial Communications and governance. She is expert consultant in emerging markets through missions at IFC World Bank.
She was Executive Vice President from 2009 to 2012, member of the Executive Committee at Edenred , company created from the Accor spin off in 2009.
Apart from those Executives responsibilities, Eliane Rouyer-Chevalier joined Legrand as an Independent Director, President of the Audit Committee and member of the Remuneration
Committee. She is also Board Member in different professional associations such as F2IC (Association of Individual Shareholders) or Cercle de la Compliance.
Eliane Rouyer-Chevalier is co-founder of Time2Start, a non-profit organization which trains people from deprived urban areas to create their own company.
Eliane Rouyer-Chevalier has a Master degree in Economics from Paris Assas University in Law and Economics.
She was honored by the French distinction as Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.
Vanessa Strauss-Kahn is professor of economics at ESCP since 2008. She received a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University and has been faculty member at INSEAD for 7 years.
Prof. Strauss-Kahn worked for the World Bank, the United Nations, as well as the Inter-American Development Bank on specific missions. She also writes economic reports for governments.
Vanessa Strauss-Kahn teaches economics to MBA students and executive education participants.
Her research focuses on international trade and foreign direct investment.
Recently, she studied financial and political crisis. Her work has been published in renowned journals such as The American Economic Review, The Review of Economics and Statistics or The Journal of International Economics.
Eric Thomas graduated from the French University Paris Panthéon Sorbonne. He began his career in the petroleum industry at Total as Tax Lawyer.
In 1986, he joined the Matra Group and worked for circa ten years mainly on M&A matters. During this period, he was involved in Aerospatiale Matra privatization process and became General Counsel of the same.
He was thereafter right from its inception in 2000 up until 2004 General Counsel of EADS.
He joined Rexel and Thales then from 2006 to 2011 as General Counsel.
In 2012 he was appointed as EDF General Counsel.
Since July 2014, he is Lagardère General Counsel.
He is moreover member of several professional associations.
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