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Prof. Dr. Thomas Bieger elected new Chairman of CEMS Global Alliance Keio University also ratified as full member school, along with record influx of Corporate Partners and arrival of NGOs as first ever Social Partners PARIS, FRANCE, 9th December – Rotterdam-hosted CEMS Annual Events sees Prof. Dr. Thomas Bieger (President, University of St. Gallen) replace Prof. Bernard Ramanantsoa (Dean, HEC Paris) as Chairman of the ever-expanding CEMS Alliance. New CEMS Chairman elected for two-year mandate Thomas Bieger was unanimously elected by the Deans and Rectors of CEMS member schools and senior representatives of CEMS Corporate Partners on Saturday 4th December in Rotterdam. He arrives in the position following on from his recent appointment as President of the University of St. Gallen. He replaces Prof. Bernard Ramanantsoa (Dean, HEC Paris), who completed his second twoyear mandate as Chairman at the Rotterdam event. Prof. Bieger had the following to say: “having worked within the CEMS alliance for a number of years, it is a source of great pride to now represent the entire organisation as Chairman. I would like to pay tribute to the outgoing Chairman, who has overseen the globalisation of the CEMS alliance, international recognition of the CEMS MIM as the top pre-experience Master’s in Management in the world and the continued growth and expansion of the alliance on all fronts .” Keio University, Japan ratified as a full member school Also confirmed during the Rotterdam event was the ratification of Keio University, Japan as a full member school. Keio University will become the 26th school to deliver the CEMS Master’s in International Management in 2011-12. This increases the non-European contingent within the alliance and opens up extra opportunities to students and graduates to experience first-hand another academic and corporate culture. This point is underlined by CEMS Executive Director François Collin: “the ratification of Keio adds to our portfolio of Asian member schools and, with the recruitment by Keio alone of four new corporate partners, offers an even greater chance for CEMS graduates to seek employment in that part of the world. This instant success by Keio is a strong sign of their commitment to the CEMS MIM as the ultimate academic-corporate bridge programme”. 11 multinational companies and 2 NGOs come on board The four Japanese companies in question are: the soya giants Kikkoman Corporation, the optical and pharmaceutical manufacturers Kowa Company Ltd., the convenience store franchise Lawson, Inc. and the financial services and investment bank Nomura Securities Co. Ltd. Also ratified as corporate partners are Arla Foods, Barilla, EF Education First, Google, HSBC, Pilsner Urquell/SABMiller Group and Schneider Electric. This brings the total number of CEMS Corporate Partners to a record 68. In addition, the CEMS Global Alliance also welcomes its first ever “Social Partners”, the NGOs CARE International and Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International. Their role will be identical in scope to that of Corporate Partners, ranging from selection of students onto the programme and a role in governance through to curriculum delivery, internships and recruitment opportunities. Press contact: Kevin Titman, CEMS Communications Manager, Tel: +33 1 39 67 71 56

kevin.titman@cems.org

About CEMS Global Alliance Founded in 1988, CEMS is a strategic alliance of 26 member schools from 4 continents, 60 corporate partners and 2 social partners (NGOs). The CEMS Master's in International Management (CEMS MIM) provides a unique blend of toplevel education and professional experience for multilingual, multicultural postgraduate students. The Financial Times ranking rates the CEMS MIM amongst the very best Master’s in Management programmes in the world as well as n°1 for combined international results, enhancing the status of the programme as the first supra-national M.Sc. www.cems.org.


CEMS ACADEMIC MEMBERS Australia Austria Belgium Brazil Canada China (Beijing) Czech Republic Denmark Finland France Germany Hungary Ireland Italy Japan Norway Poland Portugal Russia Singapore Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey United Kingdom

Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney WU, Vienna University of Economics and Business Louvain School of Management Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo-FGV Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University University of Economics, Prague Copenhagen Business School Aalto University School of Economics HEC Paris University of Cologne Corvinus University of Budapest Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD Università Bocconi Keio University, Tokyo NHH, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration Warsaw School of Economics Faculdade de Economia da Universidade Nova, Lisbon Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg State University National University of Singapore Business School ESADE Business School Stockholm School of Economics University of St. Gallen Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Koç University Graduate School of Business LSE, London School of Economics & Political Science

CEMS SOCIAL PARTNERS CARE International

Fairtrade

Labelling

Organizations

International

CEMS CORPORATE PARTNERS A.T. Kearney ABB Arçelik Arla Foods AstraZeneca PLC Barilla BNP Paribas Fortis BP Canal + CEZ CIB Bank Crédit Agricole S.A. Credit Suisse Daymon Worldwide Deloitte ToucheTohmatsu Deutsche Bank EADS EDP EF Education First ENI International Fidelity Investment Managers GDF SUEZ Google

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA HP HSBC Indesit Company s.p.a. ING Group Itaú Unibanco Kikkoman Corporation KONE Kowa Company Ltd. Lawson, Inc. L’Oréal LVMH McKinsey & Company Millennium bcp MOL Group Nestlé Nokia Corporation Nomura Securities Co. Ltd. Novo Nordisk Oesterreiche Nationalbank OMV Aktiengesellschaft Pilsner Urquell PricewaterhouseCoopers

Procter & Gamble Reckitt Benckiser Santander Sberbank Schindler Corporation Schneider Electric Shell Siemens Mgmt Consulting Sistema Société-Générale Statkraft AS Statoil Swiss Re Thomson Reuters UBS Unibail-Rodamco UniCredit Group Vestas Wind Systems A/S Vodafone Whirlpool Wolseley Group Zurich Financial Services


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