New chairman appointed for KEDGE Business School

KEDGE Business School has appointed Stanislas de Bentzmann as its new chairman. Mr Bentzmann takes over from François Pierson to lead the France based business school.

Stanislas de Bentzmann new chairman of KEDGE business school
Following the KEDGE Business School AGM held on September 26, 2017 in Paris, the Board of Directors, composed of elected members from the CCIs (Chambers of Commerce and Industry) of Bordeaux Gironde, Marseille Provence and the Var, as well as leaders of major companies and representatives of local authorities, appointed Stanislas de Bentzmann to succeed François Pierson as chairman of the group.

Change of leadership for the business school

This appointment is consistent with the group's history of chairmanships held by business leaders recognised for their vision and their distinguished careers. Stanislas de Bentzmann, President and co-founder of Devoteam, and former president of CroissancePlus, will take take over for François Pierson, the former CEO of AXA France/Canada and current president of AGIPI.During his 13 years at the head of Euromed Management and later KEDGE Business School, François Pierson played a central role in the mergers, which have taken place within the business school landscape. He leaves his successor with a well-established school.Under Pierson’s leadership, KEDGE has developed a sustainable economic model, enabling the School to prosper without the help of subsidies.The school’s turnover is in excess of €100 million, a portion of which is dedicated to funding strategic investments, particularly in the field of digital development.The school is one of the largest business schools in France – having joined the ranks of other international business schools. Today, its students are taught by 183 full-time professors, recognised as being among the best in management science in France.Over the term of François Pierson’s chairmanship, KEDGE has become a triple-accredited business school (accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, each for the maximum duration).The French Ministry of Higher Education and Research has granted the renewal of the School's authorisation to deliver Masters Degrees for the ‘Grande Ecole’ programme for the maximum duration of five years.KEDGE has also been awarded the authorisation to deliver a second Master's Degree in its International EBP Programme. Moreover, the School's Executive MBA is now ranked 22nd and listed by the Financial Times as one of the Top 30 Business Schools in Europe.

Placing KEDGE as an internationally recognised school

François Pierson said, “The future of the School is focused on definitively establishing KEDGE among the top 15 business schools in Europe and the Top 5 in France.”Every year, its French campuses in Paris, Bordeaux, Marseille and Toulon welcome students from all over the world and offer them an international experience.The school also draws on its national and international network of 55,000 alumni and continues to develop its presence abroad with campuses in Africa and Asia. KEDGE, established in China since 2002, also holds a significant lead in the highly strategic higher education market in China.
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As current CEO and co-founder of Devoteam, a company specialising in global digital solutions, Stanislas de Bentzmann is taking the reins of a rapidly growing school.“KEDGE has succeeded in achieving a critical size and international recognition. The group must now focus on its digital transformation and intensify its international growth, while continuing to serve its students and alumni, as well as its corporate partners,” Explained Mr Bentzmann.With regard to its governance, Stanislas de Bentzmann was appointed chairman of the KEDGE Board of Directors. François Pierson will remain a member of the board of directors to support KEDGE’s development in Africa. In terms of executive leadership, José Milano, who previously held the position of Deputy Director General, was appointed Director General of the Group on September 1, 2017. He takes over from Thomas Froehlicher.
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