Interview with Kirt Wood, Global MBA in Paris, Kedge Business Club Manager
Interview with Kirt Wood, Global MBA in Paris, Kedge Business Club Manager

Why should a candidate choose to study their EMBA in Europe?

Today, Europe is home to 30% of the most successful companies in the world (159 out of 500 – Fortune). Europe is centrally located between North America, the Middle East and Asia.  Europe is traditionally very open to international diversity, which is an essential factor for global success.  Europe also boasts many of the leading business schools in the world. As a consequence, European MBAs see genuine international diversity in both student and faculty populations.  European business schools welcome new perspectives and international approaches while incorporating best practices favoured in the US.

What is an Executive MBA, how is it different from other MBA formats?

An Executive MBA defines itself by the level of professional and managerial experience (an average of 15 years) of its participants.  Executive MBAs deal with those seeking lasting change and a second professional life.  Many are seeking key positions at the level of the Executive board, while others have more entrepreneurial ambitions.  Executive MBA cohorts are interested in issues of complexity and influence.  As senior managers they can capitalise on their rich and extensive experience far better than full-time MBA participants.  Executive MBA graduates are well-positioned to build and galvanise both local and international networks at the highest levels.

Can you cite some examples of what candidates have gone on to do post-graduation?

Here is a list of some of the positions currently held by our graduates:

Senior management:
Odile Vernaud, DAF at Haribo
Franck Magarian, Vice-President Procurement CMA-CGM
Pierre-Antoine Aubourg, Head of Rotors & Transmissions Engineering, Airbus Helicopters
Gael Peron, President, Charter Medical, Ltd (USA)
Kara Rosenberg, Senior Consultant, Sia Partners (NYC)
Vincent Leleu, CEO France & China, Metaulding
Sabine Chamla, Vice-President Communications & Change Management, Sogerma (EADS)
Irfan Ghauri, founder/CEO, Parkego
Gregoire Guignon, founder/CEO, SailEasy
Pierre-Yves Anglaret, founder/CEO, Private Consultancy

How many students return to Executive jobs with their previous employers?

Executive MBAs, for the most part, evolve into more strategic positions within their companies.  A small percentage decide, during or after their MBA, to change companies. They do not rely on the MBA to make such transitions for them, but instead leverage the MBA experience to develop new opportunities and grow their options through new networks and skillsets.  A key element of Executive coaching is guiding participants throughout their decision-making process.  Often, the international exposure is key to opening up significant movement into positions that are global in scope.

What is the main focus of your programme’s curriculum? Is it general management, entrepreneurship, finance?

The Kedge Global MBA focuses on strong general management fundamentals with 15 core modules.  In addition, participants may choose from 11 different specialisations (Brand Marketing, Finance, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Talent Management, Maritime & Transport, Strategic Sourcing, International Management, Natural Resource Management, Wine & Spirits and Corporate Social Responsibility) across our four campuses worldwide.  EMBAs then choose two International Business Seminars, prepare throughout their programme, a unique and individualised Business Development Project and undergo at least 14 hours of individual Executive Coaching in order to design and succeed in their ‘post MBA evolution’.