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Wednesday 19 March 2014

Master in European Business (MEB): "The MEB helped me to reach the global career I was aiming for"

The Success Story of Florent Lefévère (MEB Class of 2009 - London / Monterrey track), Bid Manager at Bombardier Transportation in São Paulo (Brazil). 

I joined the MEB at ESCP Europe after completing a previous degree in engineering. Besides an in-depth knowledge in business, the programe gave me soft skills and increased my competencies in foreign languages. Case in point: the opportunity to study management both in London and Mexico (Tec de Monterrey - Egade) was a key success factor in securing a position in the Global Graduate Program at Bombardier Transportation.

The strong ESCP Europe network within Bombardier Transportation, especially at our Berlin headquarters, allowed me to feel at ease from the day I joined this rail industry leader. I have worked in 4 countries (Germany, Thailand, Canada and Brazil),  on 3 continents and in 5 different positions within the company, both during and after my 18-month graduate position.

I realise now more than ever, five years into my professional life, how much what I have learned from the MEB. It provided such a solid base for my career progression, of which the last step was a recent promotion to lead South American bids for turnkey transportation systems. I am currently based in São Paulo, where our latest monorail system is ready to launch. For the past two years I have worked on this system to enable us to build the trains in our local factory.

Recently I met an old classmate from the MEB in Brazil, and our discussions made me realise that I have directly applied, in my recent day-to-day tasks, what the Business Strategy, Operations Management and Latin American Business Law courses taught us. Five years ago, we wondered how we would keep in touch, but our network has remained strong across the continents.

The combination of my international classmates, the School’s inter-cultural atmosphere and the professors who taught on the programme all helped me to reach the global career I was aiming for.

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