The Board of Directors of the Foundation “Jean-Jacques Laffont – Toulouse School of Economics” has appointed Professor Ulrich Hege as the new General Director of Toulouse School of Economics. Ulrich Hege is currently Associate Dean and Director of the Doctoral Program at HEC Paris.
Prof. Hege has studied economics in Frankfurt University (Germany) and graduated in 1994 from Princeton University with a PhD in Economics. He started his career as Professor at HEC in 1994, before working first at the University of Tilburg (Netherlands) and then at ESSEC (Paris). He returned to HEC in 2001. He also held visiting positions at the London Business School (2007) and at the Stern School of Business of the University of New York (2008). In 2013, he became director of the PhD Program of HEC.
His research focuses on corporate finance, including venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate governance. But his interest also lies in the insolvency law, banking regulation and contract theory. Ulrich Hege has published in prestigious journals such as the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Rand Journal of Economics, Management Science, the Journal of Business, etc.
His foremost challenge as the head of TSE will be to strengthen the institution's position in the international competition for academic leadership, to unite teams around the common project of excellence in research and higher education, to consolidate and diversify the funding of this project, and to implement the new institutional architecture resulting the merger of the three laboratories of TSE network into a single one. To accomplish this mission, he will benefit from the support of public institutions & founding members of TSE: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, CNRS, INRA and the EHESS.
He will succeed Christian Gollier who is in office since 2009, after having been Deputy Director of TSE between 2007 and 2009. Christian Gollier, Professor at the University Toulouse 1 Capitole, has been instrumental in the creation of TSE and its Foundation, as well as in obtaining the LABEX in 2012. In line with Jean-Jacques Laffont, and in tandem with Jean Tirole, he has been a major player in the success of the TSE community. Beginning September, he will spend a sabbatical year in New York where he will be Welsey Chair Mitchell visiting professor at the economics department of Columbia University.
The Board of Directors of TSE has requested Patrick Rey, Professor at the University Toulouse 1 Capitole and former Director of the Institut d’Economie Industrielle (IDEI) to assure the interim as the Dean and General Director of TSE until the arrival of Ulrich Hege.