Chief Innovation and Infrastructure Officer

A graduate of Reims Management School and the London Polytechnic, Rémi Walbaum soon turned to entrepreneurship. He created his first company, Axe Communication, in 1989 in order to be part of the big communication and media changes that were happening at the time. With Axe Communication, Mr Walbaum created the first interactive booths for the Olympic Museum, organised the content of Swisscom’s interactive TV platform, and created the first e-commerce sites of Nestlé and Coca-Cola.

During that same period, Rémi Walbaum helped to set up the leshop.ch website in 1998, playing an important role in designing the website structure and then in developing the business.

From 2002 to 2004 Mr Walbaum was Managing Director of Create Switzerland, an association that aimed to help young people set up a business. So it was quite natural that in 2004 he should join Venturelab, where he coached young entrepreneurs, and then Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in 2005 as Professor of Entrepreneurship for students in the Master program.

During the same period, he created the Fleur de Pains bakery chain in 2005, which he developed into a network of 10 outlets in the Lausanne area, and joined HEC Lausanne as Professor of Entrepreneurship and SME Management.

In November 2010, Mr Walbaum gave up teaching at EHL in order to become Operations and Administration Director, then Campus Development Director from March 2012, and Chief Innovation and Infrastructure Officer since 2016. One activity at a time is not enough for this hyperactive man, so since May 2012, he has also been President of CGN Holding and CGN SA, as well as President of Innovaud (a cantonal initiative to promote the innovation of regional companies) since February 2013. He owes these posts to the excellent relations that EHL has with the State Councillor for Mobility of the Vaud canton.

He actively participates in regional economics, either within ERL or as an administrator of local small businesses.

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