About / Board


Our members and representatives of our ecosystem make up our Board, member companies co-own and co-govern CEDEP and are able to leverage the expertise and contacts of other members.

No other educational institution offers companies the opportunity to participate actively and strongly influence the development of its curricula. Members are represented on the Board and also form an Advisory Education Committee that meets to give feedback, express specific management development needs, and to jointly develop new learning programmes.


Suresh Tripathi is Vice President HR at Tata Steel Ltd., Jamshedpur, India, responsible for all aspects of Human Resource Management at Tata Steel’s operations throughout the sub-continent


Suresh began his career as a Management Trainee at the Steel Authority of India, Ltd, where he rose to the position of Chief Personnel Manager. His next moves included a stint as Principal at Mason Global Ltd. – an IT and ITS company, where he set up a Bio Informatics Centre, and as HR Manager for HCL Perot Systems.

Immediately prior joining Tata Steel in 2012, Suresh spent over 10 years at SRF Limited, as President of HR and Group SRF and CEO of their Education Division.

Suresh brings to the Board a wealth of knowledge and experience of operational and HR management in the rapidly expanding and internationalizing commercial and manufacturing sector in South Asia.

He holds a master’s degree in Physics from University of Delhi, and a post-graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Calcutta.

Suresh representing Tata Steel has been a CEDEP Board member since 2010 and became Chairman of the Board in 2020.

Jérôme STOLL
CEDEP Vice President, President of Renault Sport Racing

Jérôme Stoll recently retired after a career spanning thirty years as a senior executive and finally Deputy CEO in charge of performance at Groupe Renault. Although nominally retired, he continues as President of Renault Sport Racing.


Jérôme joined Group Renault in 1980 as Deputy Treasurer. He was posted overseas three years later as Managing Director of Berliet Nigeria, returning to the Group Finance Division and becoming Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of Renault Automation in 1989. Appointed VP for Industrial Procurement Division in 1994, then SVP for the Mechanical Parts Purchasing division, he moved in 2000 to Seoul in South Korea as CEO of Renault Samsung Motors. A further transfer saw him move to Latin America in 2006 as EVP of Mercosur, Chairman of Renault do Brasil and member of the Executive Committee of the Groupe Renault. Returning to France in 2009, he was appointed Sales & Marketing EVP and in 2013, Chief Performance Officer (deputy CEO) for the entire Group Renault business.

Jérôme has consistently during his career used his knowledge of finance and operating efficiency to achieve a return to profit of subsidiaries and business units facing management and/or financial difficulties. He retains his membership of three strategic committees in the automotive sector and as the Independent Director of a U.S. listed company.

Jérôme holds a Master of Business Administration from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and received his Certified Public Accountant degree and Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

Jérôme representing RENAULT was appointed to the CEDEP Board in 2012.

CEDEP Treasurer, former UK Human Resources Director, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc

Chris Evans was appointed CEDEP Treasurer in 2008 after retiring from the position of UK HR Director for Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance.


After university Chris first joined Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), at that point the UK’s largest listed private company, and spent 6 years in Brussels working at their European Headquarters before moving to France as Personnel Manager for a new factory under construction near Marseille. He joined US computer manufacturer Sperry Univac in 1977 as HR Manager for Northern European Operations working out of Amsterdam before returning to the UK as Head of Management Services following the merger in of Sperry and Burroughs Machines to form UNISYS.

The experience thus gained of integration, facilities management and restructure proved of major value following appointment some years later as General Manager HR for Royal Insurance in London when Royal merged with one of its major competitors in 1986 to form RSA Insurance Plc. At this time Chris was also Chairman of the Insurance Industry Training Council responsible for standard setting for technical underwriting, claims and administrative qualifications up to degree level in UK financial services.

Chris Evans graduated from Kings College, Cambridge with a degree in Modern Languages and is a Fellow of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

He joined the CEDEP Board in 1996.

Chairman & CEO of TRANSVALOR

Robert Brunck is Chairman and CEO of TRANSVALOR, the Mines ParisTech Innovation and Research Development company. Partnering with the PSL (Paris University) Innovation Fund, TRANSVALOR invests in deep-tech start-ups and develops high-end digital technologies for major industries.


Prior to this new engagement, he was for 12 years President of ARMINES.

Robert has career long experience in all three major Energy Sectors (Nuclear, Oil&Gas and Renewables) and Natural Resources, serving most recently as Executive Chairman and CEO of CGGVeritas and SERCEL. The key challenge he faced was to develop the Group as a major player in geophysical products and services, consolidating 25 companies active in more than 100 countries and building a strong international leadership team of around 150 managers.  The Company now leads the world in computing capacity, big data management, interactive simulation and interpretation software, leveraging Artificial Intelligence to provide the most advanced geophysical imaging solutions of earth subsurface features. Over time he has served on the Boards of companies such as Thales, Nexans, IFP Energies Nouvelles, BRGM (France's reference public institution for Earth Science Applications).

Robert began a long term partnership with CEDEP in 2000 with the Institute acting as the CGGVeritas University in Executive Development. He subsequently joined the CEDEP Board and was President from 2015 to 2019.

Jean-Philippe Courtois
EVP and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing & Operations, Microsoft

Jean-Philippe Courtois is Executive Vice President and President of Microsoft’s Global Sales, Marketing & Operations, where he leads Microsoft’s commercial business across 124 subsidiaries worldwide. 


Jean-Phillippe joined Microsoft in 1984 as a channel sales representative and, after holding several leadership positions, he was promoted to General Manager for Microsoft France in 1994.

He subsequently served as president of Microsoft International where he led sales, marketing and services across all Microsoft subsidiaries outside of the United States and Canada. Before that he held the same role for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) as CEO and President of Microsoft EMEA. Outside of EMEA, he was Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Customer Marketing, based out of Microsoft’s worldwide headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

Jean-Philippe Courtois is also on the board of directors of ManpowerGroup, the global workforce solutions organization.  He has served as co-chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Digital Divide Initiative Task Force, on the European Commission Information and Communication Technology task force and previously sat on the board of directors for AstraZeneca

Additionally, Jean-Phillippe is cofounder of Live for Good, a nonprofit organisation with a mission to support youth from diverse backgrounds in developing their potential through social entrepreneurship and innovation.

Jean-Phillippe is exceptionally well placed to advise both the Board and Faculty on the latest developments in IT and the revolutionary effects of technological advances on all aspects of life, industry and commerce. He is a regular public speaker on these subjects and passionate about the need for education to anticipate the accelerating rate of change.

He holds a Diplôme des Etudes Commerciales Supérieures (DECS) from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Nice (SKEMA).

Julien FAYET
co-founder & Managing Director, SCHOOLAB

Julien Fayet is the co-founder and Managing Director of Schoolab and is an entrepreneur in the fields of education and culture.


Having played a leading role in the launch and early development and expansion of Amazon in France, Julien himself created and sourced funding for several startups in music and art before founding Schoolab in 2013: the first innovation studio that brings together populations of students with startups and large corporations.

At Schoolab Julien has developed different programs of innovation, notably CPI, as well as entrepreneurial programs such as the Schoolab Starter. He continues to work for the combination and cooperation between students, startups, and corporations.

 Julien is a graduate of ESSEC Business School, earning a Master of Business Administration.

Julien has been a CEDEP board member since 2018.


Ersi Pirishi is Global Deputy General Manager, in charge of the markets Active Cosmetics Division, at L’Oréal.


Ersi started her career at LVMH group as International Training and Scientific Communication Manager and then held various positions in international marketing at the J&J group

Ersi joined L’Oréal in 2001 and since then has had various business management positions in Europe, Latin and North America.

Ersi brings to the Board an international perspective and a wealth of experience in manufacturing, wholesale and retail sales in cosmetics sectors.

She holds a Diplôme d’Etat de Docteur en Pharmacie and DEA de Biologie Cutanée at Cosmétologie from Faculty of Pharmacy – University of Paris XI

Ersi representing L'Oréal was appointed to the CEDEP board in 2019.

Anjali RAINA
Executive Director, Harvard Business School Indian Research Center

Anjali Raina is Executive Director of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Indian Research Center in Mumbai, India, which supports research in the South Asia region. She leads a team which researches and analyses the trends that are shaping the region as well as the emerging business models.


Anjali began her career as Senior Manager at AMZ Grindlays Bank in India before moving to Citi Group India where she was the Country Training Director for 15 years.

Her in depth knowledge of how society and ways of conducting business are being transformed throughout the region and the risks and rewards of investing in different South Asian economies have proved invaluable in the design of CEDEP’s Business Excellence programme running at Fontainebleau and Shanghai,

Anjali holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Calcutta and an MBA in Marketing and Organizational Behavior at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. She earned an Advanced Management Program certification from Harvard Business School.

Anjali has been a CEDEP board member since 2017.

Corporate President, Safe Group

Frédéric Schwartz is currently Corporate President of Safe Group, an international industrial group that produces technical components in cast steel and injection molded plastic and operates 20 manufacturing plants in 9 countries on 3 continents.


His first appointment in a senior leadership role was as CFO & Country MD at Raychem Europe spending five years at the connectivity distributor before moving to consumer products company, Melitta – Western Europe, where for over 9 years he was Chief Operating Officer.

Immediately prior to joining Safe Group, he was Associate Director of 4A Management, a business management consultancy.

Frederic has extensive business management experience in industrial, small and mid-size companies in acquisition and merger, turn around, expansion, rebranding and efficiency improvement situations across a spectrum of French, German and U.S-based companies.

He has Master of Business Administration from NEOMA Business School and DECS Certified Accountant Degree in Law.

Frédéric representing SAFE has been a CEDEP board member since 2019.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of EFESO Consulting Group

Jean Veillon is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of EFESO Consulting Group.

Following a number of years in operations management consultancy, Jean founded Solving International in the early 1980’s and became one of the key contributors to the entrepreneurial adventure of Solving International providing specialist advice in digital technologies, process enhancement, R&D and organisation development.


He played a significant role in expanding EFESO which now employs over 500 consultants in Europe, North America, Asia and in the Middle East.

In 2000 Solving International became one of the top 20 strategy and management consulting firms in the world.

After the successful merger with EFESO Consulting, Jean was elected Chairman of the Board by his partners.

He studied law and political sciences and qualified at the “Sciences Politiques” School of Paris

Jean has been a CEDEP board member since 2013.

Jean-Philippe Courtois
EVP and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing & Operations, Microsoft