ESSEC Business School appoints new Dean and President

ESSEC Business School
Friday, 22 December, 2017

Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi is the new Dean and President of ESSEC.


The recruitment process, which took place in strict compliance with the school’s statutes, led the search committee to propose the appointment of Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi for the position of Dean and President of ESSEC.



Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi, born in 1970, was a professor of statistics at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy and has been a visiting professor and lecturer at several universities and research centers throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. He holds a Doctorate in Computational Statistics from the University of Naples Federico II as well as a Master’s in Business and Economics from the same institution. In 2007 he joined ESSEC as a professor of statistics and was elected Dean of Faculty in December 2011. He was re-elected for a second term in 2015 with 93% of the votes. As the Dean of Academic Affairs, and consequently a member of ESSEC's Executive Committee, he was responsible for the management and development of the faculty. Recognized internationally for his expertise, Vinzi is the author of approximately 80 scientific articles, and subsequently over 7,000 citations, published in international journals on topics ranging from Big Data to Business Analytics. Between 2012 and 2015, Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi served as President of the International Society of Business and Industrial Statistics (ISBIS). During the interim period, he ensured a successful transition with the support of the entire ESSEC community.


The Board of Overseers is very pleased with the high caliber of applications received during the recruitment process and would like to thank all the individuals involved, as well as the candidates, for their participation throughout this process.


Succeeding Jean-Michel Blanquer, who served as Dean and President of ESSEC from 2013 to 2017 and who is now the Minister of National Education, the challenges for the new Dean will be twofold. He will be faced with the challenge of continuing to develop the school in accordance with the highest level of international standards while also maintaining its core identity as an excellent French business school.


Upon his appointment, Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi said, “It is with a sense of joy and honor that I welcome my nomination to the post of Dean and President of ESSEC. I would like to thank the governing bodies and all the stakeholders for their trust. I will immediately get down to bringing together all the ESSEC community to make our Business School a reference. We will develop a lasting model that combines innovation and excellence to co-construct tomorrow’s knowledge and solutions at the service of the economy, society, and people. Blending local roots and global impact, ESSEC will be able to transform itself to further and ever strengthen its place as a leading international school, recognized for its originality and its capacity to train influential leaders in a constantly changing world. “


The entire ESSEC community would like to wish Dean Vinzi every success in his new role and would also like to express its utmost confidence in his ability to successfully guide ESSEC in the coming years.