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News & Nominations July 2019


GEM engaged in promoting social responsibility and equity

Over the past few years, Grenoble Ecole de Management has mobilized all of its stakeholders and partners to promote greater social responsibility and equity. In 2019, GEM re-affirmed its engagement in favor of the UN sustainable development goals:

Education for all

  • Nine students with refugee status have benefited from the Refugee Grant Program since its launch. Another two will soon join the beneficiaries.
  • GEM and Unly launched the GEM Financial Advisor, a chatbot that is designed to help students improve their school funding. The initiative follows up on the results of a study that indicate that 47% of GEM students fund their studies through bank loans and 11% of them have had to deal with a loan request being turned down.
  • The school created a specific activity dedicated to supporting and encouraging professional employment for unusual profiles (disabled students, students from disadvantaged backgrounds, refugees, etc.).

Fighting gender inequality

The WoMen@GEM network, a student movement and the Women and Economic Renewal Chair (FERE) launched various initiatives in order to raise awareness about the inequalities between men and women. 

CSR and responsible consumption

Pacifying economic and social relationships

The first edition of the Economic Peace Trophies rewarded 10 national and international organizations for their implementation of management projects designed to improve well-being at work and innovate in terms of relationships between organizations and society. The initiative was launched by the Grenoble Ecole de Management Economic Peace, Mindfulness and Well-Being at Work Chair.

A label to recognize responsible suppliers and buyers

In June, Hugues Poissonnier, a professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management and director of IRIMA, Pierre Pelouzet, company mediator, and Sylvain Guyoton, senior vice-president of research at EcoVadis, presented a white book on the subject of responsible suppliers and buyers. With it, a unique label recognizes organizations and encourages positive, sustainable change in purchasing behavior to promote greater balance between suppliers and buyers.

The white book is the result of a collaborative effort over the span of several months during which Hugues Poissonier led workshops with the certified companies. The publication highlights the ambitions, difficulties and best practices to be found when pursuing excellence in purchasing. The goal is to share a variety of experiences through testimonials as well as fundamental questions and advice for companies and organizations. Leaders of organizations and local authorities can find inspiration and share with others the means to transform practices and help build a sustainable purchasing ecosystem.

More about the white book

Olivier Blum, 2019 Human Resources Director laureate

Oliver Blum, HRD at Schneider Electric, received the 24th Human Resources Director Trophy for the year 2019. The trophy was awarded through the participation of several hundred directors and highlights the work of HRDs in terms of developing companies and their profession. The event is organized by Cadremploi, Le Figaro Décideurs and Morgan Philips Hudson.

As a Grande Ecole graduate of Grenoble Ecole de Management (1993), Oliver Blum began his career at Schneider Electric as marketing engineer. In 2001, he was promoted to secretary of the executive committee and director of the group’s company program. In 2003, he relocated to China to become director of the group’s Low Voltage activities, followed three years later by a promotion to director of strategy and marketing China. He became president of Schneider Electric India in 2008, then head of the Global Sales division in 2013. In September 2014, he became director of human resources and a member of the executive committee.

Having always maintained close relationships with the school, he joined the Grenoble Ecole de Management International Advisory Board in 2017. He regularly participates in their committee which enables alumni and school partners to offer the school strategic advice in terms of its international development.

The trophy, which was awarded by his colleagues, echoes the Best Financial Director under 40 trophy, received by François Vauthier (GEM ESC 2003) a few weeks beforehand.


  • Nicolas Brodetsky (GEM ESC 2004), was named CEO of the PONROY Santé group, specialized in dietary supplements and natural cosmetics. He began his career as a financial analyst at BNP Paribas, before spending eight years at the consulting firms Ernst & Young, Bionest Partners and KPMG. In 2011, he joined Aragan laboratories (acquired in 2017 by Ponroy) and became the company’s president in 2013. Since 2017, he had been general manager of the Ponroy Santé group.
  • David Coste (GEM ESC 1996), became general manager of ALCORA, a brand that unites several software publishers to offer services to industrial SMEs in France. David holds more than 15 years’ experience in the sale of ERPs for SMEs in France and throughout Europe. He also held various leadership positions in companies such as Infor and IFS.
  • Aude Dhuivonroux (GEM ESC 1996), joined Allianz Global Investor as head of customer relationships for the institutions team. Aude has previously worked as head of distribution customer relationships for NN Investment Partners France (2010-2011), followed by a position as head of the Paris office for Syz Asset Management, a part of the SYZ Group (2011-2019).
  • Julien Levet (GEM MIB 2012 - GEM IFC 2009), was promoted in June 2019 to vice-president of Canal Electrique at Schneider Electric. He spent the past ten years of his career working for the group. Most recently, he had been director of strategy and marketing for Intelligent Buildings at Schneider Electric (Sept. 2018). From 2011 to 2018, he worked on various missions in Asia in terms of marketing and strategy for China and Hong Kong. He began his career in 2008 at Coservit, a server and publisher located in Grenoble.
  • Tanguy Peureux (GEM ESC 2020), became the general delegate of the Val Angels network, which supports and funds an ecosystem of startups. After joining Grenoble Ecole de Management, Tanguy is currently taking a gap year between the first and second year of his master’s degree in order to carry out his internship as general delegate.
  • Guylène Riera-Cochu (GEM ESC 1993), was promoted to financial and administrative director of La Boîte à Outils. She began her career as an auditor at EY France (1994-1998). From 2002 to 2005, she was administrative and financial director at MME, followed by a year as financial and administrative director at Novalto (2006). From 2006 to 2018, she was director of accounting for the Samse Group.