Company Visit: Schneider Electric

Fran├žois Dabin, Global MBA 2015-2016, France

On Wednesday 18th November, 31 smartly dressed Global MBA students met at Rueil Malmaison to attend the 1st company visit of the academic year. This visit to the headquarters of the global leader in energy management and automation – Schneider Electric – was made possible thanks to Nishtha Sharma, a Global MBA Alumna who graduated last September and who is currently doing her internship in the company.

The first part of the visit was meant to give the students an insight to what Schneider Electric does both for individuals and corporations: products, services and solutions for energy management and consumption optimization. Schneider Electric’s involvement in Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability concerns were also highlighted.


Then, the Global MBA students had the opportunity to meet the VP strategy of Schneider Electric – Anton Kotov for a company presentation. Mr Kotov detailed the company's significant growth in the 10 last years during which Schneider Electric doubled its revenues and diversified its activities through mergers and acquisitions making the 180 years old company a worldwide leader in different businesses like Low Voltage and Building Automation, Critical Power and Cooling, Medium Voltage and Grid Automation. He also highlighted the strong presence of Schneider Electric in emerging countries from which the company generates 44% of its revenues. The presentation was followed by a lively interaction with the Global MBA students.

This visit to Schneider Electric was an excellent opportunity to discover the company from a different perspective. It changed our outlook on the energy industry, as we discovered how exciting the challenges that the energy industry faces are such as: making electricity accessible to all and optimizing its consumption through innovations to make it's sustainable. We highly appreciated the clear and professional company orientation, and Mr. Kotov’s availability to answer our questions.


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