Executive Education

Aerospace and Aviation

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Key trends in the aerospace and aviation industry include operational efficiency, outsourcing, customer pricing sensitivity, oil hedging uncertainty, etc.


Target audience

The program is aimed at executives and senior managers with significant experience in the aerospace or aviation sectors. It has been specifically designed to develop analytic and decision-making skills as well as providing in-depth understanding of the complex challenges and strategic opportunities of this deregulated and dynamic sector of the global economy. 

Locations and academic partners

Two one-week sessions: Montreal, Canada (May) and Paris/Toulouse (October)

Academic partners: Concordia University with visiting professors from MIT, McGill Air & Space Law Institute and international North American industry specialists, and AirBusiness Academy


The aerospace and aviation industry is one of the driving forces behind globalization. it has radically changed our concept of distance, led to the emergence of new economies and improved the quality of life of millions of people throughout the world. Over the last 30 years the sector has undergone profound changes - deregulation on a global scale, the emergence of low cost carriers, online booking platforms, the threat of terrorist attacks, increasingly fierce competition and environmental concerns - to name but a few. 

There is a clear need to accelerate the ongoing integration of new technologies into existing infrastructures to improve capacity, enhance the traveler experience and make our transportation systems more efficient, safe and secure. Increasingly sophisticated analytic systems will enable us to make decisions in real time, plan routes and schedules more effectively, optimize vehicles, equipment and facilities and increase competitive advantage. 

The future success of the industry now depends on deeper, more holistic and informed planning, collaboration and execution. "Business as usual" is no longer a viable option. Now, more than ever, senior managers and executives in the aerospace and aviation sector need to develop the necessary strategic management skills and know-how to prepare for challenges that lie ahead. 


  • Develop the global vision needed to be a driving force in the world of aviation & aerospace
  • Understand the dynamics and complexity of these deregulated markets
  • Acquire insightful knowledge into the evolution of the industry's business models on a global level (manufacturing and airline operations)
  • Challenge assumptions with leading professionals from the industry's major companies
  • Increase self-confidence in strategic decision-making and sharpen business skills and acumen
  • Share experience and network with other Executive MBA participants, seasoned managers in the field, and aerospace and aviation business executives


Session 1: Anticipating Future Trends and Managing Risks (Montreal, Canada)

Session 2: Corporate Strategies for Growth (Toulouse and Paris, France)

In order to foster a productive learning environment, teaching methods include case studies, guest speakers, workshops and presentations, as well as a team research project.


Georges Rochas is an Affiliate Professor at HEC Paris and the Academic Director of the Major in Aviation and Aerospace. He began his career at HEC Montréal and at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), teaching international business courses. Georges Rochas joined Air France in 1975 as Vice-President, Marketing for Canada and held a variety of other positions for the airline. In 2006 Georges Rochas set up his own company, Europe Aviation Training Services, working mainly for international clients in Europe and Canada. In 2007, he was appointed Aviation Development Manager for HEC Paris Executive Education and then Affiliate Professor.

Your contact

For further information on this Major, please contact: Maria Stamatovic stamatovic@hec.fr +33 (0)1 55 65 59 77


“With a strong aerospace and aviation engineering background allowing me to discover in the field the entire innovation cycle from the white paper to the daily in-service airline operations, I felt the need to step back and to get a credible executive management training. The HEC Paris EMBA and its Major in Aviation specialization is surely the right answer. It has already proven its efficiency in my daily professional life and helps me to think out of the box by creating new opportunities for my company.”
 Fabrice Villaumé
 Transnational Multi -Program Project Leader, Airbus Operations S.A.S., French
 Major in Aviation & Aerospace


"I started out by choosing the Advanced Certificate in Aerospace and Aviation.

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