Philippe Courtier, currently Director of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) will join EMLYON Business School in July 2012 as President. He succeeds Patrick Molle, president of EMLYON since 1996, who announced in May 2011 that he would be stepping down this year. Poets&Quants ranks EMLYON 21st among the best business schools outside the U.S.
Philippe Courtier, 53, graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, and from Ecole Nationale de la Météorologie, and holds a PhD from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris).
Formerly a researcher at Météo-France and then at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading, UK, he was head of programmes at the French Space Agency (CNES) (1995-1997) and later Director of the Laboratoire d’Océanographie Dynamique et de Climatologie (1998) (Climate Research Laboratory). He was in charge of the operational oceanography project Mercator (1997-1998).
He was Deputy Managing Director of Météo-France from 1999 to 2004.
He has been Director of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées since 2004 and is in charge of the company responsible for the MBA of the School and the school’s executive education subsidiary – the biggest executive education division by turnover of any French engineering school. He is also second Vice-President of ParisTech, the Paris Institute of Technology that groups 12 of Paris’ Grandes Ecoles.
He has published numerous papers in major international journals and has been distinguished by a prize of the French Académie des Sciences and from the British Royal Meteorological Society. He chaired the world weather research programme scientific committee.