"To promote new ideas in our business"

"Our involvement with the ESCP Europe Foundation is a further step in the strengthening of our ties with ESCP Europe. Over 100 ESCP Europe graduates work for KPMG in France, the business school with the highest level of alumni representation.
We share in common with ESCP Europe such values as international overture, diversity, talent search and development, as well as merit-based equal opportunity.
Our values are rooted in a respect for the individual, recognition of personal performance and personal development support for fast track careers.
Furthermore, we are keen to promote new ideas in our business through timely thought and analysis on key economic and financial issues."

Patrick-Hubert Petit
KPMG Audit France
Audit Committee Institute France Chair
(ESCP 1975)

Patrick-Hubert Petit, Partner, KPMG Audit France

Professorship KPMG in International Corporate Governance

Gain perspective on the integration of risk management and performance into corporate strategy.

The Chair becomes Professorship

On Monday 14 September 2015, Frank Bournois (Dean of ESCP Europe), Patrick-Hubert Petit (Associate, KPMG France) et Patrick Gounelle (President of ESCP Europe Foundation) signed the Professorship in "International Corporate Governance".

KPMG is among ESCP Europe’s pioneering and emblematic partners.

As reiterated by Patrick Gounelle, KPMG was the first company to sign a Chair with ESCP Europe. It is also the first to set up a Professorship.


The meaning of our partnership with KPMG

Enriched by this unique relationship forged over 8 years thanks to the Chair for Governance, Strategy, Risks & Performance, ESCP Europe and KPMG, due to the new challenges relating to corporate governance issues, particularly on a European level, wished to review the terms of their partnership by creating a three year Professorship in International Corporate Governance.

David Chekroun, ESCP Europe Professor, is its Academic Director.

A new stage has begun with a new format and a new central theme: international corporate governance.


International governance at the heart of debate: what does this mean for KPMG?

By signing this Professorship, KPMG has shown its desire to continue its investment in the field of international corporate governance. For many years, KPMG has operated in the field of governance, either as auditor or consultant. Patrick-Hubert Petit believes that an efficient governance is a facilitating factor from a societal perspective and guarantees a stronger economy.  He was therefore pleased that the Professorship in “International Corporate Governance” should complete the tripartite scheme set up by KPMG:

-The KPMG Audit Committee Institute, present in 30 countries, organises a forum for exchange for audit committee members aimed at providing them with information, tools and techniques to help them accomplish their work. 

-Since January 2014, KPMG has published The Letter of Governance designed to give all members of administrative and supervisory boards, branches and functional departments of the companies, the information regarding reports, studies and publications on corporate governance that they require to carry out their work.

-KPMG in addition has an active presence within the IFA (especially in the 'Club for Research in Governance' and the 'Club of Audit Committee Presidents').


International governance at the heart of debate: what does this mean for ESCP Europe?

International corporate governance is a major challenge for companies. It is a constantly evolving domain and is increasingly scrutinised by investors, public authorities, media, employees and other stakeholders.

ESCP Europe wished be involved in this and it was natural that Frank Bournois, as Director General and also co-author of "Executive Committees: Journey to the heart of management" (Editions Eyrolles) was particularly keen that this Professorship come into being.


Scientific Director

David Chekroun, Professor, ESCP Europe

"In this context, research and teaching will be produced. International governance rising to the challenge of the digital economy; international Groups and the extraterritoriality of compliance rules; Women on board ... are all already included in my "roadmap".

A MOOC project is also on the agenda ...

Considering the high tension to which the theme of governance is subject (development of standardisation and regulation versus reluctance of new generations and transformation of the relationship to governance), I'm keen to start the first projects.."

David Chekroun
Professor et Academic Director of the Professorship