Jean-Christophe Debarge ’15


Why Thunderbird?

“I was especially attracted by Thunderbird’s internationalism and global perspective. The quality and reliability of the school’s alumni network, and the flexible distance-learning program format of the Global MBA Online program, were also quite attractive to me. Meeting with the degree program manager and two professors clearly confirmed that Thunderbird was the right fit.”

More about Jean-Christophe…

Languages spoken -
French, English and German (intermediate)

Academic background - 
Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance & Controlling, Ecole supérieure de Gestion

Master’s in Risk Management and Competitive Intelligence, ESLSCA

Professional background - 
Financial management in mining, water chemical and agriculture industries; currently Financial Planning & Analysis Manager at AGCO Corp  

Personal notes -
Has played hockey since he was four years old; plays saxophone and enjoys jazz clubs

What does Thunderbird offer that other programs/schools do not?

“I believe Thunderbird provides me with insight into innovative, proven management concepts and tools that can be easily applied at my day-to-day job. Through a global approach and by carefully assembling a diverse mix of students, I am confident Thunderbird has the key to developing and shaping global leaders and managers.’”

How does your previous experience align with Thunderbird?

Throughout my life, my open mind and curiosity have driven me to expand myself through international exposure from both a personal and professional point of view. After completing my Master in Risk Management in Paris, I moved to Australia to take on the position of Finance Manager in a leading mining company. I then moved to the Netherlands and was responsible for a business unit controlling in the water chemical industry. Relocated to Switzerland, I took on my current position of Financial Planning & Analysis Manager at AGCO Corp., where I’m responsible for a large multicultural team located in several countries. Thunderbird couldn’t fit my personal and professional life any better!