Created by four alumni in 2011 with the support of ESSEC Business School, the ESSEC Foundation is placed under the auspices of the Fondation de France. The Foundation’s mission is to support ESSEC in achieving its “3i” strategic plan founded on involvement, innovation and internationalization.
The Foundation’s goal is to promote talent, support teaching excellence and enhance the school’s international reputation - thus contributing to ESSEC’s long-term development.
In February 2016 I had the honor of succeeding Gilles Pélisson as president of the ESSEC Foundation.
Since its inception, the ESSEC Foundation has raised €5.7 million from among its graduates and friends of ESSEC. Our goal today is to convince more people to become part of this momentum and support the ESSEC Group’s ambitious development strategy. Graduates from across the school’s academic programs, friends of the school, companies… I invite anyone eager to mobilize in support of our institution - and its independence - to join our initiative.
ESSEC has played a key role in our professional lives. Your donations to the ESSEC Foundation are a fitting way of sharing that privilege with future generations.
I wish you well.
Thierry Fritsch | President of the ESSEC Foundation
THE FOUNDING MEMBERS
President of the TF1 Group
Graduating from ESSEC in 1979 and with an MBA from Harvard Business School, Gilles Pélisson began his career in 1983 at the Accor Group where he held a series of international positions. In 1995 he became managing director of EuroDisney, then CEO in 1997. In 2000 he took over the leadership of the Suez Group’s consortium Suez-Telefonica ST3G, and became president of Noos. In September 2001 he was named managing director of Bouygues Telecom, before becoming CEO in February 2004. From January 2006 to January 2011 he was managing director of the Accor Group. In February 2016 he was appointed president of TF1. Gilles Pélisson was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur et de l’Ordre National du Mérite.
He served as the first president of the ESSEC Foundation from 2011 to February 2016.
President of Paris Honotel
Jean Arvis is the founder of Honotel, a leading hotel operator and investment company with 40 hotels in France. An ESSEC graduate (1974), Jean began his career as an antiques dealer in the basement of one of the two family hotels he eventually took over in 1990, after 12 years managing the Saint Honoré auction house.
While consolidating the family-run group, he was president of Best Western France from 1998 to 2002. In 2000 he founded Honotel, which in 15 years has grown exponentially from 4 hotels at its inception, to 40 properties today.
President of Algonquin Group
Jean-Philippe Chomette is the founder and main shareholder of Algonquin, an investment and hotel management group with more than 40 hotels and 7,000 hotel rooms in Europe. A graduate of ESSEC (1986), Jean-Philippe began his career at Paribas as a financial analyst, then stock market and distressed debt investor in North America (Toronto then New York).
In 1993 he became partner of the Everest Capital hedge fund, with responsibility for Western Europe and emerging European countries. Jean-Philippe founded Algonquin in Brussels in 1998. He currently lives in London.
President of Tenthorey
Having graduated from ESSEC in 1981, Yves Dubief is today the director of Tenthorey, a textile manufacturer and operator of hydroelectric plants in the Vosges region of France. A strong believer in defending the public interest, from 1999 to 2011 he was President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Epinal, renamed CCI of the Vosges in 2004.
He is currently vice-president of the Union of Textile Industries, vice-president of the economic section of the Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF), and vice-president of the Banque Populaire Alsace Lorraine-Champagne.