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Thursday 17 July 2014

Francesco Profumo is the new Chairman of ESCP Europe's Torino Campus

On its 10th anniversary, ESCP Europe Business School’s Torino campus announces a new Board, chaired by Francesco Profumo, and including Licia Mattioli.

Francesco Profumo, Chairman of energy giant Iren, former rector of the Politecnico of Torino and ex-Minister for Education (2011-13), has been appointed Chairman of ESCP Europe’s Torino campus, replacing Professor Daniele Ciravegna, Chairman since the campus was established in 2004.

The new members were appointed formally by the Board of Directors of ESCP Europe’s Torino campus. They are: Licia Mattioli, Chairman of Unione Industriale di Torino; Giacomo Büchi, Board Member of Università degli Studi di Torino; Alessandro Sembenelli, member of the Student Senate of the Università degli Studi di Torino; Patrick Gounelle, Chairman of ESCP Europe’s Board of Directors; Jean-Paul Vermes, Deputy Director for Education of the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce; Francois-Xavier Cornu, Executive Director of Education, Research and Training of the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce; and Pierre Koch, Managing Director ad-interim of ESCP Europe.

Francesco Profumo said:

"I would like to thank the Paris Chamber of Commerce for my appointment to the Board of ESCP Europe’s Torino campus, and the Members who elected me. My goal is to strengthen the School, attracting more high-calibre students from around the world and implementing a more structured approach to relationships between the School and companies. I strongly believe we will continue to develop excellent managers, as well as a growing number of potential young entrepreneurs." This change in the top management marks an important moment in the Italian campus’ 10th anniversary year. The high-profile team represents the considerable growth of the School and will support an increasing focus on entrepreneurship. A recent agreement between the Paris Chamber of Commerce, Turin Chamber of Commerce, Politecnico of Torino, and Università degli Studi di Torino endorsed the links between the School and companies at an international level, supporting ESCP Europe’s development in Italy in the coming decade.

Francesco Rattalino, Managing Director of ESCP Europe’s Torino campus, said:

“In Italy, ESCP Europe has grown to take in almost five times as many students now as it did 10 years ago, averaging 19% growth per year. Our links with businesses are key to this growth. Companies are our top clients and provide natural professional connections for our students.”

The School’s Careers Office has contact with almost 250 companies: in 2014, internship and job offers conducted by ESCP Europe grew 19% over 2013, with a consistent 100% of students placed. Francesco Rattalino thanked Professor Ciravegna on behalf of all at ESCP Europe for the many years he dedicated to establishing the business school’s strong position in Italy.

ESCP Europe’s Master in Management is ranked 1st in Italy and 2nd worldwide by the Financial Times (FT, 2013/14), and its Executive MBA is ranked 1st in Italy, 14th in Europe and 25th worldwide (FT, 2013/14).

Established in 1819, ESCP Europe is the world’s oldest business school. In 1973, it pioneered cross-border business education with a multi-campus model which has grown over the last 40 years from France, the UK and Germany to embrace Spain and Italy. The School has educated generations of international leaders and entrepreneurs. During its first 10 years in Italy, more than 1,500 students and hundreds of managers have passed through its doors, many now in important roles in international banks, consulting companies and Fortune 500 companies.

Almost 800 students apply to ESCP Europe’s Torino campus every year, with 180 from some 12 countries admitted to postgraduate master programmes with international recognition: Master in Management, Diplôme Grande Ecole, UK European MSc in Management, German MSc in Management, Master en Administración y Dirección de Empresas, Laurea in Economia, Master in European Business, Executive MBA. ESCP Europe’s full-time faculty comprises more than 130 Professors, together with hundreds of visiting professors and contacts from the business world.

ESCP Europe key dates:

1819 – The World’s First Business School is established by a group of economic scholars and businessmen in Paris. Even at its debut, ESCP Europe had a Global Perspective, with one third of its students coming from international backgrounds

1973 – Inaugurations of campuses in United Kingdom and Germany soon follow. The concept of multi-campus business school is born. This establishes the School's deep European Identity.

1988 – Opening of the 4th campus in Madrid

2004 – ESCP Europe enters Italy with its 5th campus in Torino

2013 – 40 years of international cross-border training in Europe: "Building Europe for 40 years"

2014 – 10th anniversary of Torino campus

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