Obtaining an MBA at HEC Paris is a highly personalized experience. Even though our students all follow the same core classes and have the same opportunities to evolve as leaders, every person enters the program with a different set of capabilities. An MBA is about transformation: transforming your weaknesses into strengths, and gaining the framework, competencies and confidence to go out and do great things for your
company—and for the world.  

We asked four alumni to share with us one thing they learned during their degree program. 

José Chapa, Class of 2013

Head of Business Intelligence and Pricing, Amazon

As the current head of business intelligence and pricing for Kindle Content at Amazon, José Chapa manages the retail prices for millions of book, magazines and other digital media sold across Europe. While pursuing his studies at HEC Paris, Chapa served as president of both the MBA Council and the MBAT Committee, two positions that gave him firsthand experience in organizing and leading complex projects.  


Patrick Perlmutter, Class of 2012

CEO and Founder of Y-Hat

Before coming to HEC Paris, Patrick Perlmutter served as the entrepreneur in residence at NUMA, the leading startup accelerator in France. That experience, combined with the insights he gained during his coursework and as Co-President of the MBA Entrepreneur Club, led him to create Y-Hat, a user experience and data analytics agency. Based in Paris and Washington, D.C., Y-Hat tackles projects such as usability testing, interface design, and marketing and branding of product prototypes.


Lionel Gourvitch, Class of 2012

Senior Director of IT Strategy and Insight, Oracle

Working within the consulting arm of Oracle, Lionel Gourvitch gives advice to C-level executives about strategy planning, and also helps align business strategies with IT objectives. Prior to Oracle, Gourvitch worked at Cisco Systems, BT Global Services and ARES in various pre-sales and operations roles, including System Engineer, Technical Account Manager, and Mobility Business Developer. He credits the HEC Paris MBA program with helping him obtain the initial interview at Oracle, and also with developing the knowledge and skills necessary to provide meaningful insights to key stakeholders.


Nicolas Perrodo, Class of 2011

Global Account Director at Corning Optical Communications 

Since March 2015, Nicolas Perrodo has served as a global account director for Corning, serving such high-profile clients as the digital communications company Orange.  Technically trained as an engineer, Perrodo occupied several sales positions at Numergy, Verizon, Ericsson and Alcatel before completing his MBA at HEC Paris. He credits the program for helping to reaffirm his career path.