Meeting of the HEC Montréal International Advisory Board

Leading international executives meet and take part
in a roundtable on emerging Asian economies

MONTREAL, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - HEC Montréal brought key business figures and executives from around the world together in Montréal on November 20 and 21 during a meeting of its International Advisory Board (IAB) members. In a public roundtable that attracted more than 300 participants from the university and business communities, corporate leaders came to share their views and to exchange with the public on the theme of "Emerging economies and traditional multinationals."

Guest panellists included Robert Bieler, Vice President, Investment, SNC-Lavalin; Zubin Irani, Senior Managing Director, United Technologies Commercial Companies India; Liping Xie, Senior Managing Director, United Technologies Aerospace Chine; and Jianwei Zhang, President, Bombardier China. Their viewpoints illustrated three winning strategies for staying at the head of the pack: innovating, attracting top talent and adopting sustainable development policies. In demonstrating what their respective companies have done to bring about change and stimulate performance in growing markets, the panellists agreed that the unconventional, personalized and creative strategies they used in these markets are what enabled them to succeed, often despite sustained local competition, regulatory obstacles and unfavourable government policies.

In closing comments, Louis Chenevert, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and chairman of HEC Montreal's International Advisory Board, urged students to heed the needs of today's global economy in planning their future careers.

"As we have seen in the last few years, some of the biggest areas of economic growth have been outside North America, in countries like China, India and Brazil. This trend will continue - and most likely accelerate -- in the decade ahead," Chenevert said. "As a result, those who are able to bridge cultural gaps and connect people across geographies will continue to be in great demand."

About the HEC Montréal International Advisory Board
The HEC Montréal International Advisory Board, founded in 1993, is tasked with supporting the school's strategic thinking and approach to its worldwide positioning and profile and to support the school's international activities.

About HEC Montréal

HEC Montréal was the first management school in North America to hold the three most prestigious international accreditations in the world of management education: AACSB International (United States), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (United Kingdom). It hosts more than 12,000 students in its 39 management study program, from bachelor's to doctoral levels, including certificates, and has 280 professors. Its leadership in research is built upon its approximately 50 research units, including 25 chairs. It conducts international projects and is dedicated to training managers and executives. In the past 100 years, the school has produced over 65,000 graduates in many fields of management.


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