A graduate of Sciences Po Paris and of the Executive MBA HEC Paris, Gérard has held various positions in financial management, general secretariat, direct marketing and business development and general management in various companies in the fields of heavy boilermaking, engineering, banking and telecommunications, both in France and abroad. In parallel, Gérard has always taught his areas of expertise, first at the corporate universities of the companies where he worked and now at HEC Paris.
Designing programs and teaching in the context of continuing education has a specific character. Above all, it is about enabling learners to act in their professional environments, now and in the future. Helping companies identify the skills they will need, identifying the most appropriate pedagogical levers to acquire knowledge and implement it has always been at the heart of Gérard’s managerial and teaching practices.
“Science without consciousness is only the ruin of the soul,” Rabelais said as early as the 16th century. Exercising managerial and corporate management functions requires us to question the purpose of our role and our potential responsibility in the event of bad decisions, both with regard to the teams for which we are responsible and to the environment outside the company, which may be affected by the externalities linked to our activity. For Gerard, questioning the purpose of his company and understanding the potential impacts of the managerial decisions that one may have to make must, for Gerard, be an integral part of the knowledge and actions of every manager. The formulation and implementation of corporate strategy are therefore for him at the crossroads of all the sciences of business management. Mastering this multifaceted field, where the human component is key to the success of winning strategies, is therefore an obligatory step for anyone aspiring to cross-functional responsibilities.