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Jean-Michel Beigbeder

President, CEO, Jean-Michel Beigbeder & Partners—CEO Search SA

Company Info: Jean-Michel Beigbeder & Partners—CEO Search SA

Web site:

Address: 24 Ave. George V, 75008 Paris, France

Phone: 33 1 46 33 00 89


Advice: Keep your character and personality; listen to and meet great CEOs; keep social life and politics to a minimum.

Qualities sought in emerging leaders: Energy, character, humor, and how they deal with complexity. And results, results, results.

Sector specialization: Investment banking

Job function specialization: CEOs, chairmen, CFOs, CHRs, board members

Geographical Focus: N/A

Companies I often recruit for: LVMH; Peugeot; Merrill Lynch; Credit Suisse; PPR Pinaul Printempts Redoute

Favorite historical figure: Octavius Augustus, son of Julius Caesar, who founded the Roman Empire, and did so with character, moderation, and sound principles

Education: Harvard Business School, MBA 1963; Paris Law School, First Prize in Constitutional Law, French Law degree 1961; Paris Institute of Political Science, Degree in Political Science 1961 with Honors

Languages: French, English, German

Employment history: Beigbeder CEO Search SA 2003-present; Senior Partner; Whitehead Mann Plc 2000-2002; Beigbeder CEO Search SA 1986-2000; Senior Partner-Board Practice; Korn Ferry International 1983-1986; Chairman International Executive Committee; Spencer Stuart 1964-2003 Founder President French Practice, then in 1973 till 83, CEO Spencer Stuart Group and Chairman

Other interests: Philosophy, skiing, literature, history

Professional/Membership Affiliations: AESC

Experience in executive search consulting: 44 years

High Profile Placement: Christian Streiff, CEO, Peugeot Group, 2006-07

Other paths I might have pursued: Investment banking/private equity

The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: China and India's emerging roles in world economy

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