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High-powered networking at IMD

Carlos Pascual is CEO of Werfen, a worldwide leader in the in vitro diagnostics industry.

He recently attended IMD's Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives, which helps business leaders create game-changing initiatives for their organizations.

Carlos came to IMD with high expectations about the program. "The program was excellent," Carlos said. "It exceeded my expectations, even though I had high hopes. It was really great for top executives."

But in addition to the quality of the program, the high-powered networking at IMD opened up a number of new business opportunities for Carlos.

During the program, he met an executive from a company in a complementary sector to Werfen and concluded a deal which will soon see the two companies cooperate on research and development.

But that's not all. Carlos made contact with a Swiss startup company which he says Werfen is in talks to work with in the near future.

While at IMD, Carlos also met a number of MBA students. He said was very impressed with the MBA program and in June he came back to IMD's campus to present his company to the class. "My company has a long history of recruiting people at business schools. My discussions with IMD's MBAs were very positive and we will be back in September to interview MBA candidates who are interested in working at Werfen," Carlos said.

IMD's faculty also left a strong impression on Carlos. Thanks to links made while he was at BPSE, Professor Shlomo Ben-Hur will soon be travelling to Barcelona, where Carlos is based, to organize a learning experience for over 60 of Werfen's top managers.

"I went to IMD for the Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives, but I came out with so much more; business opportunities that will crystallize immediately," said Carlos.

Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives (BPSE) caters to a carefully selected group of senior executives who are searching for game-changing moves in their business through high-impact strategy and leadership. It is a two-week program with additional pre- and post-program support.

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