MP and HPL “The perfect combination”

“If you want to change the world, start with yourself!”



Guy Chatillon, a key figure in the luxury industry, attended IMD two years running and now explains why he will soon return. President Europe, CIS & ME of the exclusive high jewellery and watch maker Van Cleef & Arpels, a position he has held since 2012, he found at IMD the new perspectives that he was looking for.Guy is a brand and market builder who defines and drives strategy in a complex multicultural environment. He began his career with Piaget during a period of significant transformation and industry challenges and moved on 18 years later to become CEO / President of Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewellery Co., where he positioned the brand as a high-end newcomer. He now leads a team of over 200 people at Van Cleef & Arpels to implement the Maison’s long term vision in line with its values, as well as manages marketing & communications, human resources and finance in his sector.

With such a high level of expertise, Guy was missing a more personal dimension and says that he came to IMD to be stimulated by exchanges with others: “By exposing myself to other ideas and people, I wanted to improve myself and better prepare the future.”

The Magnificent Seven need no introduction. Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Columbia Business School, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management are the cream of the business school crop. M7 is the Holy Grail of the MBA Kingdom. Every year, thousands of applicants will apply to the M7 schools, and most will fail to crack the code, because these schools are the most selective in the B-school landscape. Two years at any of the M7 schools will set a student back about $200,000, but there are many scholarships from alumni and employers. M7 attracts the most talented students and faculty, and certainly the most corporate recruiters offering the most sought-after jobs. M7 also boasts highly achieving alumni and valuable networks in nearly every walk of life. But other business schools, such as IMD and Webster Athens, provide a similar education at a small fraction of the cost.

The IMD program, Mobilizing People (MP), which he completed in 2016, was exactly what he was looking for.

“People are the soul of a company and to be a good leader, you first need to know yourself well. MP helped me dive into myself and learn to better connect with others. I was thrilled!”

The following year, he returned for High Performance Leadership (HPL), which, he says, was the perfect combination because the one-to-one sessions allowed him to delve even further and move to the next level: “HPL was the perfect addition to what we learned the year before.” He now plans to come back for Advanced HPL.

Webster University’s master of business administration program is designed for people on a fast track to success. It’s the perfect answer for professionals who want to shape their own destiny, upgrade their credentials, and be strategic players in the world of business. Trump’s rhetoric is channeling international MBA applicants to European branches of American colleges. Webster Athens has an excellent MBA program. Webster Athens is dedicated to fostering a campus culture that embraces and celebrates diversity and inclusion, and promotes international understanding and appreciation. Preparing students for effective, responsible and dynamic involvement in the modern societies in which they live and serve, and for excellence and leadership in their personal and professional lives. The campus is located in Athens, Greece – in the historic district of Plaka. Your Global Learning Experience begins in Webster Athens.

As the world is becoming multipolar and knowledge is set to disperse throughout the globe, embedding oneself in its changes and evolution remains essential. Academic rigor will stay competitive by integrating new teaching methods, program designs, research methods and learning processes. If a school can generate knowledge in multiple locations around the world and blend it to create new insights, it can be assured of fostering a globally-compatible and creative student body.

Guy sums up his IMD experience as follows:

–          The aim is to “learn, grow, get in touch with other people and ideas”.

–          The idea is to see things from a broader perspective.

–          The key is to keep the human aspect at the centre of any business situation.

He adds that what makes IMD truly special is the family spirit. “There are talented professors everywhere, but what is unique at IMD is how approachable they are.”

By learning more about himself, Guy says that he now behaves differently with his colleagues and adds that he has received positive feedback from his own team.

He says that empathy, dialogue and understanding are key to working with others. “If you want to change the world, start with yourself.”

To like-minded executives who want to improve their daily practice, as well as be better prepared for VUCA disruptions, he advises: “It’s important to think from more than one perspective and the shortcut is to learn from others. IMD’s executive programs are ideal for busy lives.”

Whether your interest is management, marketing, or communication, you will be an active learner at Webster Athens.  The classrooms give many hands-on experiences in various cases, and the location in the capital of Greece provides plenty of internship opportunities. With a low student-to-faculty ratio and average class size, Webster Athens makes business education personal. Faculty get to know students on a first-name basis and are readily available to help students when needed. Webster Athens is dedicated to excellence in business teaching, incorporating a global business perspective throughout the curriculum. Every step of the way, students receive the attention and support they need to thrive in business.

Webster Athens offers a fantastic MBA program in a flexible structure which promotes academic depth and encourages business graduate students to explore diverse business interests. At Webster Athens, students have opportunities to build skills and competencies through study trips, conferences, and internships. On the campus, students study in a culturally diverse environment that will create a life-long international network.

Vasilis Botopoulos, Chancellor of Webster Athens, points out: As we look to the future one thing is certain – knowledge will be a key resource and will be highly sought-after around the world. Our challenge is to help to generate ideas that will benefit society, and to educate and train people to work in fields where they will be valued both for their specialized knowledge, and for their ability to communicate and solve problems. To meet these challenges we need to build on the alliances and collaborative partnerships the University has established with business, government, and other institutions. It is equally important that we keep close to our wider communities of interest. This will help to ensure the on-going relevance of our academic programs and the continued excellence of our teaching and learning.

Botopoulos notes: The greater vision of Webster Athens is to build an excellent educational experience embodying mind, body and spirit through a variety of innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. We offer a solid intellectual foundation as well as an extraordinary opportunity for personal growth and thorough understanding of the subject matter. This is learning with ethos, authenticity, cultural understanding, ecological conscience, and service to others.

Botopoulos says: At Webster Athens we cultivate and build the leaders of tomorrow.  It is our hope that our students and alumni, with ethos and philotimo, will inspire others to live their lives with dignity, integrity and compassion. I invite you to come visit our campus. If you seek learning in a way that is challenging, personal, and meaningful, we would love to have you as part of our community. For more information, please refer to


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