Amélie Vidal Simi, President of Mondelēz International in France, sponsor of the 2022 graduation and pre-graduation ceremonies

It is with joy and emotion that the students of the Grande École Program, the Bachelor in International Business, the Specialized Masters and the MBA programs of IÉSEG and their families gathered at the Zenith in Lille for their graduation and pre-graduation ceremonies. This year’s ceremonies were under the sponsorship of Amélie Vidal Simi, President of Mondelēz International in France since January 2021.

Mondelēz International is one of the world leaders in the food industry. In France, Mondelez is present in the cookies market, of which it is the leader, the chocolate market as well as the gum and small pocket confectionery market with iconic brands such as LU, Milka, Belin, Côte d’Or and Hollywood. With approximately 3,000 employees, spread over 12 sites in France, including 9 production sites, France is one of the Group’s key growth platforms.

Mondelēz International in France x IÉSEG : it’s a “match” !

This sponsorship is the result of many years of exchange and collaboration between Mondelēz International and IÉSEG and goes far beyond offering internships and apprenticeship programs to students (today, nearly a hundred offers are available each year to IÉSEG students, in France and internationally) or recruiting graduates from the School (more than thirty graduates currently work in the various Mondelēz subsidiaries around the world).

Indeed, this partnership has been enriched year after year, relying on the company’s active contribution to the corporate events offered by the School (round tables, conferences, networking with students), its presence at key moments in the life of the institution (French and International Forums, Summer University, admission juries…) and its investment in academic training, notably the participation of experienced managers in various Professional Advisory Boards (committees bringing together experts from the academic and business worlds to explore and reflect together on the directions and adaptations to be made to the programs).

The success of this partnership is based on shared values, and visions that are very similar. As Amélie Vidal Simi explains, “Mondelēz’s vision is to give everyone the means to combine snacking and eating well. Our mission is to embody, in France and around the world, the future of snacking, by providing an offer that meets the needs and expectations of responsible eating pleasure. We are based on very strong values: to love our consumers and our brands, to grow every day and to act with integrity. These values are very close to what IÉSEG teaches its students every day and resonate with its values and its Vision of training changemakers for a better society“.

At Mondelēz International, each employee contributes to the company project, with ambition and integrity, to embody the future of snacking and help create a more sustainable future. Everyone evolves in an international and innovative work environment, which favors diversity, equity and inclusion, in a work atmosphere of proximity and lightheartedness. This human dimension is fundamental, both for the company and for its leader. “The common thread in my career is my ability to lead and grow teams, because that’s the most important thing! All companies have great brands, efficient processes, but what really makes the difference are the women and men who work there every day and invest themselves in their clients and colleagues. My personal driving force is to be able to contribute to the success of each member of my team“.

And she concludes with a very personal piece of advice for each graduate: “Believe in yourself! Don’t focus on what you are not doing well, but believe in your power to succeed in whatever you do. Remember: no one can live your life for you, it is up to you to make your own choices based on what is important to you, the meaning you want to give to your work and your engagement. You must always be in the driver’s seat of your own career.”

IÉSEG warmly thanks Mondelēz International and Amélie Vidal Simi for agreeing to sponsor the ceremony.

Discover the video of the graduation and pre-graduation ceremonies: