Matthias Geoffroy graduated from the MBA in Hospitality Management IMHI program in 2010. We had the opportunity to catch up with him to see what he has been up to after completing the MBA journey at ESSEC School of Business.
What were you doing before the MBA and why did you decide to come to the ESSEC MBA in Hospitality Management program?
Prior to joining IMHI, I was working as a Guest Relations Manager for IHG in Shanghai. A friend who graduated from IMHI highly recommended that I join the program. I also thought it was now or never to go for an MBA and I thought it would be a great opportunity to expand my network and knowledge in order to get a boost in my career.
Please describe your career path since graduation. What is your current position and responsibilities?
I was in Shanghai 5 years as a Revenue Manager and Cluster Revenue Manager for IHG and Hilton Worldwide. I decided to make move on my next role in a new market, Dubai, as Cluster Director of Revenue for Rotana Hotels and Resorts.
What in particular in the MBA in Hospitality Management IMHI program helped you prepare for your career path or qualify you for your current position?
I think there are way too many factors to take into consideration but the main ones that stand out are the following:
- I did the apprenticeship which definitely helped me apply what I was learning during my MBA at work
- The quality of teachers who are experts, passionate and real professionals
- The workload helps you to quickly understand that in order to be competitive you need to able to take more
- Last and not least all the friends that you make during your class as you are mostly working in groups projects
What is your best memory from your time in the ESSECMBA program?
The beginning and the end! The middle is just a tough journey. The graduation is probably one the most cherished memories that I have. Seeing all your friends graduate after all the hard work and being able to finally enjoying all the success together was great.
What advice would you give to current students in the program?
Remember why you are doing your MBA and learn as much as possible. Build strong relationships, challenge the status quo and most importantly be passionate about learning!