Bernard Ramanantsoa

Bernard Ramanantsoa, born in 1948, acts as Director of several companies as well as of universities and Grandes Écoles.

Until 2015, he was Managing Director of HEC. Bernard Ramanantsoa began his career as a lecturer at the École Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in 1971 and 1972, before joining the SNCF where he became head of the Marketing Division, “Grandes Lignes” in 1978. In 1979, he joined the HEC faculty as professor of Business Strategy, specializing in ethics and culture in the business place and advocating an open-minded approach and a multi-cultural scope in the corporate world.

He was Managing Director of HEC Paris from 1995 to 2015 giving the institution a decidedly international dimension. Very active in the scientific community, Bernard Ramanantsoa has served as a member of the Evaluation Committee of Management Programs and Degrees for the French Ministry of Education, Chairman of the CEMS(Community of European Management Schools), Vice-President of the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), Chairman of the Société Française de Management, member of the boards of the École Nationale d’Administration Pénitentiaire (ENAP) and the École Nationale Supérieure d’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (Sup’Aéro), member of the committee of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles, member of the board of the HEC Foundation, member of the Cercle de l’Entreprise and member of the Foreign Affairs Council.

He is the author of numerous communications and publications in the field of business management. He received the Harvard Expansion Prize in 1989 for Technologie et Stratégie d’entreprise and the Prize from the Académie des Sciences Commerciales in 1983 for Stratégie de l’Entreprise et Diversification. His most recently published work is Apprendre et Oser (“Learn and Dare”) Bernard Ramanantsoa holds an Engineering degree from the École Supérieure d’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (Sup’Aéro) and has an MBA from HEC, a post-graduate degree in Sociology from Paris Diderot University, a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from Paris-Dauphine University and a further post-graduate degree in the History of Philosophy from Paris-1 University.

He is a Knight of the French Legion of Honor and an Officer of the French Order of Merit, Knight of the Palmes Académiques and Officer of the National Malgache Order. He is a French national.

Positions currently held

  • Director of Oddo et Cie;
  • Director of the Banque Franco-Lao (Laotian company);
  • Director of the Château de Versailles;
  • Member of the Awarding Body of EQUIS (European accreditation body);
  • Member of the International Committee of AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business);
  • Member of the Advisory Board of ESADE, Barcelona;
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Saint-Gall University, Switzerland;
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, Brazil;
  • Member of the Advisory Board of School of Management at Zhejiang University, China.