Articles - Leadership & Change Management

Fresh graduates from the HEC Paris - Puma Energy tailor-made Leadership Development

The first cohort of the HEC Paris – Puma Energy Executive Leadership Development Program graduated on April 6th and presented their final business projects via a video conference from Johannesburg, El Salvador, Geneva and Singapore.


The Program was co-designed by HEC Paris Executive Education and Puma Energy Executive Committee, and aims to develop the business and leadership skills of Puma Energy senior executives. It also enables them to build a corporate mindset and create a network of senior executives as well as apply the knowledge of new best practices to Puma Energy business reality.


Developing leadership skills to create value

The program included senior executives came from Puma Energy’s affiliates in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Switzerland, Indonesia, UK, Singapore. It was composed of two four-day modules and group work on real Puma Energy business challenges over a period of five months.

The learning architecture was built around a common thread with three main dimensions: “My World”, “My Company” and “Me and My Leadership” and used a variety of pedagogical tools and formats. The senior executives started by analyzing the impact of the geo-political and complex business environments on Puma Energy activities. They then focused on their company and experienced the simulation of value creation for a growing business on new markets, strategic management and financial performance.

Afterwards, the participants focused on their own leadership styles to understand the impact of strategic leadership on enterprise performance, organizational culture and the specific nature of leading in complex organizations such as Puma Energy. Learning was further enhanced when the leaders took part in extra-curricular activities such as cooking and painting, allowing them to use their leadership skills in another context.


Solving real-life business challenges

The project work on Puma Energy Business Challenges consisted in delivering a solution for Puma Energy’s strategic challenges selected by top management of the company.

Two new cohorts are already planned in 2016.


The HEC Paris Leadership Development Program is designed to help Puma Energy senior executives answer the needs of their company by working on real Puma Energy business challenges, and face an ever-changing business world. Thanks to this unique educational experience, the participants are able to develop their leadership capabilities. From now on, they will be able to provide their knowledge to Puma Energy business reality.”  –​ Peter Todd, Dean of HEC Paris


Denis Chazarain, CFO for Puma Energy said “The successful growth of Puma Energy relies heavily on talented employees. Considering our ambition and the momentum in our activities in fast-growing markets, attracting the best talent is a strategic priority. This Puma Energy HEC Paris Executive Leadership Program allows high-caliber individuals from across the company to contribute substantially to strategic board-level projects.