The Professorship in International Corporate Governance at ESCP Europe, 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 Europe, 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 Europe 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 Europe. 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 Europe 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 Europe, 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 Europe, 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 Europe, 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 Europe 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”.
Doctor of Law from the Sorbonne Law School, Clotilde Camus is a law clerk at the Tribunal de grande instance of Nanterre, where she handles civil liability cases.
Her professional background is mainly academic: she has taught at Sciences Po, the Sorbonne Law School and the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.
Her research interests lie the fields of private international law, comparative law and the law of obligations.
She holds a double degree in English and French Laws from King’s College London (LL.B.) and the Sorbonne Law School (Master 1), a LL.M. in Anglo-American Business Law (Sorbonne Law School) and a LL.M. in Philosophy of Law (University Paris II Panthéon-Assas).
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 Europe. 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 company Alcyos as well as an advisory activity in management, strategy and transformation.
Trainee lawyer at the Barreau de Paris, graduated from ESCP Europe (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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Europe, ENA, Cornell Law School and Cardozo Law School.
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.
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.
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