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Timothy Bovard


Timothy Bovard is Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD since 2003. He is Associate Director for the Rudolf and Valeria Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship (ICE) and the Director for Entrepreneurial Acquisitions. He teaches the elective “Realising Entrepreneurial Potential” focussing on entrepreneurial acquisitions: how to find, buy, turnaround, build-up and sell a company for yourself. He is the co-creator of Your First Hundred Days, a unique learning experience that plunges students into managing a company they acquire. He also created the Acquisition Accelerator Programme Bootcamp and has written numerous cases on entrepreneurship.
As Founder and former President of CPI S.A., Timothy created Europe’s leading book manufacturer with €500 million in sales and 4000 employees in plants across Europe. Following an initial acquisition in 1996, the group grew over 12 years with 20 add-on acquisitions, many of which were turnarounds. In 2005, he led the management buy out of CPI backed by private equity funds, before leaving in 2008 to focus on other investments, consulting and teaching.
Previously, he worked for International Paper in France, first as Development Manager, then as Managing Director of a specialty paper division. Prior to that, he worked at Mercer Management Consulting in London and The Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.
He is President of the Association Petits Princes, a French charitable organisation that helps severely ill children, and he is a member of the Advisory Board of the INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship.
Timothy is American and holds an undergraduate degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in NY, a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MBA (89J) from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He is 51 years old and resides in Paris.

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