Timothy Bovard is Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD since 2003. He teaches the popular MBA and GEMBA elective “Realizing Entrepreneurial Potential” focusing on Entrepreneurship through Acquisition: how to search for and acquire a company to manage as CEO. Along with former Professor Patrick Turner, 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 Mews, a dedicated space for entrepreneurs on the Fontainebleau campus, and has written numerous cases on Entrepreneurship through Acquisition. He also teaches at Columbia Business School, guest lectures at Chicago Booth School of Business, and is a frequent speaker and panellist at conferences on entrepreneurial acquisitions and the search process.
Most recently, Timothy is the Founder and CEO of Boston-based Search Fund Accelerator (SFA), a highly innovative accelerator and investment fund aimed at helping entrepreneurs find, buy and manage companies. Each year, SFA brings in a select cohort of searchers and provides them with all the training, coaching and support needed to successfully find and acquire a company to run, while providing all the equity funding needed to make the acquisition.
Previously, as Founder and former President of CPI S.A., he 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. 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.
Earlier in his career, Timothy 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 currently President of the Association Petits Princes, a French charitable organisation that helps severely ill children realize their dreams.
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.