Stephane De Meurville, a 2017 McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA alumnus, has recently been appointed General Manager of the Chandon Estate in California. Stephane will leave India after more than 3.5 years as Managing Director of Moët Hennessy (MH) India where he was also in charge of managing the company’s Chandon winery in Nashik.
Stephane’s career path at Moët Hennessy is a great story. He started in the group in 1996, in sales at MHD France. He then worked as brand Manager in France, as Business Development Director at Veuve Cliquot, as Market Manager for the Arabian Gulf countries & Eastern Africa and as Managing Director for MH Canada.
With his past international experience, his deep understanding of Markets, Maisons and Wineries and his collaborative leadership style, Stephane is well equipped to achieve the company’s goal of making Chandon the most exceptional sparkling wine in North America.
The EMBA team asked Stéphane a few questions about his experience with the program:
What is your best piece of advice to an applicant hoping to get into the McGill-HEC Montreal executive MBA program?
Be prepared! It will change everything, first you will become more aware, then you will start changing how you think about things; lastly you will be better equipped to change your world, how you manage and how to reach your objectives. Even if you do not think so, you will change!
What was your favorite EMBA Module and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it? The Managerial Tools and Practices module. After this module I was better equipped to face all financial questions and challenges, and more. Armed with a much better understanding of the world and the economy, I can reflect on what to do, what I can control and where I should be going.
Why did you choose our executive MBA program? For mainly two reasons. First I really trusted the 2 universities, HEC and McGill as they are well known. Then the course was really appealing to someone already working and traveling extensively; 4 days per month is manageable.