He spent his schoolyears there, first taking his baccalaureate and then his law degree, all the while getting up early to make deliveries at 4 a.m. for his father's business.
His graduation in 1946
After his graduation in 1946, he became the sales director at Kléber Colombes, the 2nd largest tire manufacturer in France at the time, before taking up the position of general secretary of Messier, an aeronautical equipment manufacturer.
François Valverde and the Alumni Association
At the same time, François Valverde was very involved both in the Alumni Association and in the development of the school, since he greatly contributed to the creation of the Executive Education division in 1968.
After retiring, he continued to be present at school by leading the Active Seniors group, which has long played a key role in collecting the Apprenticeship Tax for the benefit of the school. Each year, about twenty Alumni volunteered and gave generously of their time to contact other Alumni and convince them to direct their payments to their Alma Mater.
Founder of a Rotary Club
François Valverde is the founder of the Rotary Club of his city, continues to lead the Senior Groups of ESCP Europe and HEC (as a graduate of their CPA programme as well), contributes to the ESCP Europe Alumni Magazine, as a member of the Editorial Board, and of all our graduates, definitely remains the youngest!
Antoine Riboud, from the bottom of the class to a pioneer career
Antoine Riboud was born in 1918, died in 2002 and graduated from ESCP in 1942.
Léon Cligman, Class of 1938: A Life of Exception
Out of all our graduates, Léon Cligman stands out because of his age (he was born in 1920) and also because of his out of the ordinary background.
1968: Creation of continuing education at ESCP
It wasn’t only students that were thinking of transforming society in early spring 1968.