During his recent cabinet reshuffle, French Prime Minister Raffarin elevated four HEC alumni to high-profile posts in important and sensitive areas: 

François d’Aubert was named as associate minister of national education, tertiary studies and research. 

Awarded his HEC diploma in 1966, d’Aubert is also a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). 

After several years in high-level government advisory roles – including time in the Prime Minister’s office from 1977-8 – d’Aubert was first elected to the National Assembly in 1978, in the seat of Mayenne in the Loire valley. 

D’Aubert has since held a number of senior positions in previous governments, notably during the late 1990s when he was an active campaigner against corporate fraud and corruption.

Jean-Louis Borloo has been promoted to head a new ministry for “labor and social cohesion”, having been associate minister for towns and urban renewal since 2002.

Known as an affable character, Borloo graduated from HEC in 1976 before practicing law as a barrister in Paris.  He later returned to HEC to teach financial analysis as part of the legal curriculum. 

Borloo was first elected to the National Assembly in 1993, but has also served as mayor of the northern town of


Valenciennes (up to 2002) and as a former representative in the European parliament.

Serge Lepeltier has been given responsibility for the ministry of the environment and sustainable development.

On graduating from HEC in 1976, Lepeltier embarked on a commercial and management career, notably in the construction business, before being elected to public office first as a councillor in Bourges, in his home region of Cher. Lepeltier progressed to become mayor, regional councillor and later, senator for his region.

While in the senate, Lepeltier developed special expertise in environmental issues, particularly in relation to the ‘greenhouse effect’ of gas emissions and the causes of global warming. 

Eric Woerth has been appointed secretary of state with special responsibility for reform, assisting the minister of state services and reform, Renaud Dutreil.

Following his graduation from HEC in 1981, Woerth pursued a private sector auditing career before heading the development agency of his home region, Oise. 

First elected to public office as a regional councillor for Oise in 1986, Woerth later became mayor of Chantilly, before being elected to the National Assembly in 2002.

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