Honorary Chairman, INSEAD
After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and obtaining his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1955, Claude Janssen joined the Worms group, a prominent private French group active in banking, insurance, shipping and industry, where he spent his entire career until 1996, mostly in the banking and international areas. He became one of the four managing partners of the Worms group in 1979.
He served also on the boards of several corporations throughout his career and is currently a director of Cie Lebon and Permal Asset Management.
In the late Fifties, he was, with General Doriot, one of the founders of INSEAD, and became a member of the Advisory Committee (1959-1970), Executive Deputy Chairman of the Board (1971-1982) and Chairman of the Board from 1982 to 2004. He is Honorary Chairman of the Board as well as Honorary Chairman of the International Council. He has funded the Claude Janssen chair in Business Administration and contributed to the financing of the INSEAD campus in Asia.
He also served as a member of the Visiting Committee and of the Board of Associates of the Harvard Business School from 1971 to 1983, was a Trustee of the French Library in Boston from 1978 to 1992 and a member of the Board of the American University in Bulgaria from 1999 to 2006.
He was one of the founders of AROP (Friends of the Paris Opera) in 1980, Chairman from 1988 to 1995 and a member of its Board since 1980.
He has been Chairman of the International Council of "Les Arts Décoratifs", one of the leading museums in Paris, from 1997 to 2013 and has served on the museum's Board since 1998.
He is "Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur" and "Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres"