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OMEGA Visit – 24 May 2018

A few weeks ago, part of the current Class of 2018 joined a visit organised by the programme to the OMEGA headquarters in Biel/Bienne.

After a warm welcome upon arrival, our participants dove right into the subject with an “All about OMEGA” presentation by CEO Mr. Aeschlimann. “A great example from a leadership and public speaking point of view. He was prepared and managed to make references to companies some of us are working for. “, highlights Fabrice.

Mr. Aeschlimann truly transmitted the passion of his brand, from the incredible history to the vision of the future.”, recalls Raphaël. The presentation covered also today’s challenges and how the company faces them; connected watches, quartz watches, influencers, Millennials, Snapchat… “The world is changing and Omega will be part of it.”, he adds.

The HEC Lausanne Executive MBA participants then moved on to the visit of the new factory for more technical insights. “A clear, transparent, extremely well organised building”, says Raphaël. “The glass and wood architecture invites to dream and observe watchmakers assemble step by step the final product.”

The outing ended with a well-deserved apéro and the visit of the OMEGA museum. “A trip totally worth it”, sums up Ziroli.

 

MBA-HEC Alumni Association

Goodbye, Hello!

Our Alumni community represented by the MBA-HEC Alumni Association is leaded by a small committee that has been chaired by Laurent Wenker (2008) since 2010.

Last April, Laurent stepped down after eight years of Presidency and handed over to Olivier Genton (2016). We take this opportunity to thank Laurent for his great involvement in building a strong EMBA community and welcome Olivier wishing him all the best for this new challenge.

Quentin Ladetto (2010), Joanna Bosredon (2012), Christophe Pollien (2012), Laurent Barsin (2013) and Annelies Garcia (2015) are also retiring from their Alumni committee duties giving way to three new members; Eszter Petrovics (2016) as vice-president, André Reis (2016) and Sergi Fernandez (2017). Thank you to all of them for their past and future commitment to the Association.

Pierre Guillemin (2009), Petko Nedev (2013), Ramin Kaweh (2014), Alexis Zawodnik (2014), David Fonjallaz (2014) and Steven Dornan (2016) are returning and complete the 2018-19 committee. Thanks to them for their enthusiasm and continuous support!

Make sure not to miss the 2018 Homecoming event organised jointly by the programme and the Alumni Association on November 10th.

Alumni Homecoming – 10 November 2018

 

Book your seat for this year’s Alumni Homecoming event taking place on Saturday, November 10th 2018 @ Casino de Morges! Meet your former classmates, network with great people and party with your EMBA community!

Registrations are now open until October 28th, 2018.

Following the great success of the first Homecoming with more than 100 of you present, the HEC Lausanne Executive MBA programme and the MBA-HEC Alumni Association are teaming up once again to offer you a festive and fun evening.

Last year, Class of 2016 won the award of the most represented class. Who will it be this year?

Programme
18h00 – 18h30 : Welcome
18h30 – 19h55 : Networking Aperitif
19h45 – 20h00 : Alumni Association Speech
20h00 – 22h30 : Gourmet Dinner
22h30 – 01h30 : DJ Dancefloor Warm-up
Price
CHF 130.- / person

Let’s keep building a close and active network together!

Paddle for Cancer – 2 September 2018

 

The Flying HECkers are coming back once again this year to paddle against cancer! Join the team to support this great cause and have plenty of fun with your EMBA community!

The festival is a charity event to support the English Speaking Cancer Association (ESCA), a recognised non-profit association providing emotional support, practical help and information in English to cancer patients.

This is a great opportunity to have fun with your EMBA community, raise funds for a good cause and practice team work as paddling on a dragon boat is all about communication and team spirit!

The event will take place on Sunday September 2nd 2018 at the Lake of Vallée de Joux.


Registrations are open until June 10th. After that, please contact us at executivemba@unil.ch if you wish to join the team.

We will contact the team members for further practical information. Please note that if you register to participate in the race, you will also be invited to a training session prior to the event.

You can also support the ESCA by making a donation on the programme’s fundraising page anytime ahead of the event.

We look forward to participating for the third year and representing our EMBA community!

Alumni Story – Olivier Girard (Class of 2016)

 

Olivier Girard, 2016 alumnus, has an academic background as mechanical engineer specialised in ergonomics. He also followed a paramedical education in posture therapy in Holland before moving to Morocco where he opened his business venture. Unfortunately, it was not successful and he had to find a new job that took him to Switzerland, at the Institute for Work and Health (IST). In parallel and since 2006, he was strongly committed to managing a small clinical practice TRAIN YOUR POSTURE offering B2C services complementary to the B2B ones offered by IST. At this point of his career, Olivier felt the need of undertaking an Executive MBA at HEC Lausanne: “I wanted to gain assertiveness and confidence in my discussions with executives as well as improve my management skills for my intrapreneur job”.

Olivier’s reflects further on his EMBA experience and particularly on his Strategy Consulting Project (SCP), where he acted as an in-house consultant for IST for almost a year. “My SCP was about an M&A project related to the company I worked for at that time. Throughout the months, I developed a 360° understanding of strategy and management as well as a strong sense of coherence.” More specifically, Olivier mentions the Balanced Scorecard as a tool he chose to learn for himself and to apply to all aspects of the project, highlighting the hands-on aspect of the HEC Lausanne Executive MBA: “These newly acquired skills and tools were directly applicable to my professional environment. First, they enabled me to create a novel approach to reposition occupational health as a strategic tool for IST’s client and to contribute to growing my department’s efficiency by 25-30% a year. Secondly, they allowed me to refine the strategy for TRAIN YOUR POSTURE and clearly differentiate its services from IST’s.” He adds: “I believe the Balanced Scorecard can not only be applied professionally but also to all situations of life including in the personal environment.”.

By the end of his experience at HEC Lausanne, Olivier who entered the programme with specific motivations explains that the outcomes were even higher than expected: “More opportunities than I thought arose from the EMBA and I felt I was capable of seizing them and doing more.”.

Just a year after completing the Executive MBA at HEC Lausanne, Olivier, better equipped, gives another try to entrepreneurship and opens his own limited company Erg’OH Conseil Sàrl completing therefore the offer of his still-existing one-man business TRAIN YOUR POSTURE. Both share a common vision: “All businesses must rely on healthy employees if they want to succeed.”, outlines Olivier. “This is where all the EMBA values I developed meet.”, he continues.

The challenge is now to manage the quick growth of both businesses, in particular to pursue his project of developing a franchise system for TRAIN YOUR POSTURE. Olivier is also preparing his presence at the Salon Planète Santé, taking place in October at Palexpo, in Geneva. Thinking of his new entrepreneurial life, Olivier concludes: “Freedom is expensive but has no price!”

Olivier Girard’s story inspired you? Contact him!