Written on 11 January 2019.
Eloi Foulon, MSc in Global & Sustainable Business student, shares his reaction to the recent EDHEC guest speaker talk held by Michel Vincentelli, Executive Vice President of Global Sales at Michelin
The talks are unmissable events for me. They allow students to interact directly with high-level executives and get unfiltered information direct from the source. The talks give us the opportunity to engage with speakers on key issues. For me, they are an extremely enriching, valuable experience. I would like to thank Michelin and Mr Vincentelli, as well as EDHEC Business School, especially Professor Bastiaan van der Linden, Director of the MSc in Global & Sustainable Business, for making such a meaningful and worthwhile event possible.
Mr Vincentelli outlined his own career path, giving us concrete, useful advice and answering questions openly. This made the event truly informative and inspirational. Memorably, he said the ‘best’ career path was the one that allowed you to realise your professional self. Ideally, this should be 50% based on what you are passionate about and 50% based on a short-term (2-5 year) strategic view. As things can change quickly, your passion needs to remain at the heart of your career path.
The event was a fantastic opportunity to gain key insights into the automotive industry and question a senior executive on key issues facing Michelin right now. It certainly deepened my understanding of the industry and changed my view of it in certain respects. We knew Mr Vincentelli planned to give us insights into Michelin’s broader vision of future mobility and how the company plans to leverage opportunities in the field. However, he was unexpectedly candid in his explanations and the information he shared with us helped us to better comprehend the big issues the automotive industry is facing, especially with regard to adapting to environmental challenges.
Mr Vincentelli’s insights completely changed my perception of the tyre industry. Whereas I had always viewed rubber as a polluting and non-biodegradable substance, I learned that Michelin’s tyres were made of a far more complex combination of materials designed to reduce both noise pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and to be fully repurposed. Michelin is at the forefront of research and development efforts to make the tyres more sustainable and environmentally friendly.