HEC Paris Dean Bernard Garrette, who has led his school to significant recognition on the world stage, is leaving his job on Dec. 31st with the conclusion of a five-year term. He will be succeeded by Andrea Masini, a professor of operations and information technology.
Masini will have big shoes to fill. Over the past five years, Garrette has made major strides in gaining HEC Paris greater prominence as one of Europe’s finest business schools. “Bernard Garrette has carried out a lot of great work at the head of the MBA, as much on an academic level as on a personal one,” HEC General Director Peter Todd said in a statement. “Under his direction, the international renown of the program has been reinforced, in the same way as the quality and implementation of the curriculum. HEC Paris owes him an awful lot.”
Masini, who holds a Ph.D. in Management from INSEAD (France), had been an assistant professor at London Business School before joining HEC Paris in 2010. He has taught in both the MBA and PhD programs and trained executives and managers as part of HEC’s Executive Education programs. He has also provided regular consulting to private and public organizations on projects related to the optimization of process, information systems and technological innovation.
‘THE HEC MBA IS UNQUESTIONABLY A REFERENCE MODEL’
Andrea conducts interdisciplinary research to study the operational and organizational impact of technological innovations, with a particular emphasis on ICT, renewable energy technologies and sustainability issues. His recent work has been published on M&SOM, the Journal of Operations Management and Energy Policy. He has taught courses on Operations Management, Supply Chain Management and Technology Strategy at the MBA, executive as well as at the Ph.D. level. He also consults for private and public organizations on themes related to process optimization, ICT and technological innovation.
“The HEC MBA is unquestionably a reference model, with high-level teaching delivered by internationally renowned professors, a diverse profile of students, capped off professionally by a structured network of graduates who are active throughout the world,” Masini said in a statement. “This position presents me with a new challenge that I am sure can be accomplished with motivation and commitment.”