Alumnus of the Month: Thierry GAILLARD, President, Orangina Suntory


Once a month, we showcase a member of Dauphine Alumni. This month we are proud to present Thierry GAILLARD.

Thierry GAILLARD, was born in Lyon. He has a Master's in Management from the University of Lyon and a DESS in Marketing from Paris-Dauphine.

Thierry began his career at Unilever, in the HomeCare division, and moved up the ladder to Director of Marketing for Detergents & Fabric Care. He then joined the Danone group as Global Accounts Director, and moved on to Vice President Global Sales for LU cookies, before being appointed Managing director of Danone's Cookie Business Unit.

From 2009 to 2014, Thierry Gaillard was chief executive of Mars Chocolate France. Under his leadership, Mars France was rated France's N°2 Great Place To Work in 2012 et 2013. Today, he is President of Orangina Suntory for France and Belgium; the company employs 1,300 people in its 4 French production units.

Thierry Gaillard is also active in professional organizations: Vice President of ANIA, the French national food industry association (he chairs the Sustainable Development Commission), and a member of the board of ILEC Eco-Emballage.

On a personal level, Thierry is active in the Ashoka network of change leaders that supports social entrepreneurship. He is a passionate high-altitude mountain-climber, opera and theater-goer, and loves to take his 17 and 20-year old sons on trips of discovery around the world.


What did you study at Paris-Dauphine?
After my Masters in Management at Université Jean Moulin-Lyon III, I completed a DESS in Marketing & Management (204) at Université Paris-Dauphine.

What is your fondest memory from your time at Paris-Dauphine?
My professors and top-level outside lecturers. Also the fact that I was able to be heavily involved in Dauphine's Junior Entreprise, thanks to a flexible class schedule (lots of evening classes) – I loved it!

Have you stayed in touch with your classmates?
Yes, with quite a few of them – both personally and professionally. Its amazing to see how diverse our career paths are: press, wines & spirits, entrepreneurs, surveys & studies, consulting…

How did your studies at Paris-Dauphine advance your career?
I purposefully chose to go to university rather than follow the classic "Prepa – Grandes Écoles" path – and I have never regretted it! A university education opens more horizons and allows you to study a wider range of subjects; it gives you broad-based initial training and a more progressive introduction to career-oriented specializations.

What image do you have of Paris-Dauphine today?
A perfect blend of the best that universities and Grandes Écoles have to offer. A dynamic alumni network.