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A Pillar of INSEAD

Dominique Héau had a remarkable career at INSEAD, which started in 1973.  He was Professor of Business Policy at INSEAD and also served as Associate Dean for INSEAD’s Executive-MBA Programme. A graduate of HEC and IEP in Paris, he held an MBA (with distinction) and a DBA from Harvard Business School.

He was Director of the Advanced Management Programme from 1981 to 1987 and from 1993 until 2002. He also became the Associate Dean of Executive Education, as well as a member of the INSEAD Board of Directors. Since September 2002, Dominique was responsible for designing and launching INSEAD’s new Executive-MBA programme in Singapore as well as in Fontainebleau. He also directed the PGA programme, a top executive course for Brazilian Executives, and he was Visiting Professor at the Wharton School in Philadelphia, at the Fundacao Dom Cabral in Belo Horizonte, and at Cape Town University.

Dominique published numerous articles and over 15 case studies in the field of Strategic Management. His main research interests involved the strategic challenges facing European firms in this new millennium and, more particularly, the organizational requirements for competitive success. More recently, he focused his attention on Financial Services, both from a strategic perspective (universal banking; cross border mergers) and from an organisational point of view (matrix management; sharing of best practices).

Besides his academic activities, Dominique was also an active consultant with a great variety of clients such as IBM, Solvay and Crédit Agricole, where he intervened on matters of strategic and organisational choice.

Dominique was a pillar of INSEAD and taught the basics of strategy to hundreds of MBA students using fun and innovative materials he developed with colleagues. He was also always ready to spend time with junior colleagues to pass on his love of teaching – and his skill.

His commitment to the school was constant and deep. As important though, was Dominique’s contribution to our INSEAD Family.  He was kind, generous, ebullient, unpredictable and fun. 

With Dominique’s passing this summer we have lost a true figure in our history.