DePaul Alumni Spotlight Charles Perino CoFounder of La Compagnie and Kellstadt MBA


first_imgDePaul Alumni Spotlight: Charles Perino, Co-Founder of La Compagnie and Kellstadt MBA ‘93 RelatedHow An MBA Helped A Kellstadt Alum Make It At McDonald’sA recent post on the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business website highlights the achievement of alum Michael Friedrich (MBA ’95). Friedrich is one example of a graduate who has benefited from the business school’s relationship with the business community. Friedrich was able to land an internship with locally-based McDonald’s Corp.…January 10, 2017In “Featured Region”New DePaul Startup Program Helping These Students Launch New BusinessesA new startup launch program hosted by the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and the Founder Institute will give 19 DePaul University students the opportunity to develop a business over the next four months. With the help of 50 mentors made up of alumni from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, students…January 31, 2018In “Chicago”Misty Johanson Steps in as Interim Dean of the DePaul Driehaus College of BusinessMisty Johanson is just settling into her new job, entering a new phase in her career by stepping in as the interim Dean of the Driehaus College of Business and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. She formally started the role on July 1. As we reported back in February, Johanson…August 1, 2017In “Featured Region” Robin Florzak of the DePaul University communications department recently interviewed Jean Charles Perino, the co-founder of La Compagnie, a boutique all-business class airline that flies between Paris and New York. Perino, who earned his MBA in finance in Chicago at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in 1993, said that he applies the business lessons he learned at DePaul to his job at the Paris-based airline.The executive shared his insights on the airline industry and La Compagnie’s strategy, while also sharing advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and MBAs. Here are some excerpts from the interview.Perino was asked why he decided to attend DePaul’s business school: “When I moved to Chicago for 18 months, I was looking for a university that would bring great value in education to complete my graduate studies begun in Paris. DePaul was the best alternative in the city, without impairing my future with huge tuition! As an international student, DePaul University at that time was probably one of the best kept secrets when it comes to graduate education in the U.S.A.”He was also asked how his company, La Compagnie, fits into the airline market:“We are targeting the corporate segment, affluent people who want to fly in comfort without paying the high price tag, and people in summer who are mad at flying coach class at sky-rocking air prices. We are a very small player facing huge legacy airlines. Our size is probably one of our strengths: we are more focused on our customers, and more personal, and closer to our customers. When you are small, you need to walk the extra mile to do more for your customers.”Lastly, Perino was asked his he had any advice to impart to students who want to break into the airline industry:“There is no magic answer to this question. Just a few rules that help. Work, listen, challenge, and remain humble! Those are four milestones that shall lead to succeed in this arena. This is not a guarantee, but it definitely helps to grow your chances of success.”You can read the full interview here and learn more about La Compagnie by visiting the airline’s website. regions: Chicagolast_img