Alumni of the Month: Alexandre de Navailles, Director General at Hertz France
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A graduate of Dauphine's MSG Finance and Tax program, Alexandre de Navailles began his career in the Banking sector, at UBS. He was appointed Director General at Hertz France in February 2015.
Alexandre joined Hertz as a member of the vehicle fleet team in London. In 2000, he took on the job of Director of Management Control for Hertz France where he was also in charge of purchasing, internal audit and pricing. In 2008, he was appointed Director of Pricing for Europe. In 2010, Hertz made him Chief Financial Officer for Northern Europe then for all of Europe.
Alexandre de Navailles is married and has two children.
What degrees did you earn at Paris-Dauphine?
DEUG MASS, DEUG GEA and MSG Finance/Tax.
What is your fondest memory of your time at Dauphine?
Without a doubt my involvement in Dauphine's student associations. I was an active member of one of Dauphine's star associations for 4 years.
Have you kept in contact with any of your classmates?
Of course! To start with, for me, Dauphine is a sort of "family affair": the classmate with whom I am the closest are my wife, her sister, my brother-in-law, my brother (who is Professor of Tax Law) and one of my sisters. I have also remained close to a number of classmates who remain my closest friends today. The friendships I made at Dauphine are strong. While at Dauphine, thanks to my student association activities, I was able to get to know several generations of Dauphine students and spend many a fun evening with them.
How has Paris-Dauphine contributed to your career?
Undoubtedly by helping me develop a strong e of autonomy and resourcefulness. And allowing me to develop a clear expertise in business administration – Accounting, Tax, Audit and Control … I believe that, thanks to Dauphine, I had a stronger background in management when I began my career than most people coming out of business schools.
How do you see Dauphine today?
Very international, diverse and open to the world – as an academic institution of excellence with increasing recognition – and perhaps a bit more "no-nonsense" than when I as there …