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Interview: SK graduate, now general manager at L'Oréal Luxe Switzerland

Published on 11 January 2022

After training in marketing at SKEMA Business School, Frederic Ritter had an internship at L’Oréal, which marked the beginning of a long career with the group. Now general manager of L’Oréal Luxe in Switzerland, he talks to us about the key milestones throughout his professional journey.

Can you tell us briefly about your educational background?

"I took a bit of an unusual path. First, I graduated from the Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies (IEP), where I studied public administration. After realising that the civil service was not for me, I did a master’s in Business Law then interned in a notary’s office.

But I then realised I did not want to be tied to a single place for my entire career, and I found the idea of staying in France my whole life very limiting. I wanted to discover new ways of working, new cultures…

So, with the aim of building an international career in the corporate world, I decided to enrol in a business school. That is when I joined the marketing programme at SKEMA Business School (called Sup de Co Lille at the time).

After having initially followed a very academic path, this training taught me very applied knowledge and operational skills to join the corporate world.

I actually joined the job market very quickly. After a six-month, final-year internship at L’Oréal, for the Biotherm brand in Germany, I was hired by the group. 25 years on, I’m still there!"

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