Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Profiles

Simon Moore-Crouch

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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Simon Moore-Crouch

Class of 2014

"Our adventure to Durham began when we left our families back home in Perth after selling our house, cars, and most of our belongings. Jessica and I moved here with just 2 suitcases each. Oh, and did I mention we'd never been to Durham or North Carolina, never visited Duke University, and had a lease on an apartment we'd never seen?"

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Undergraduate Education

University of Notre Dame - Australia, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Communication, 2005

Pre-Fuqua

Seven years' experience in the Australian sports industry. Final position was as Corporate Communications Manager at the Western Australian Institute of Sport. Diverse experience includes working with both highly paid professional and amateur athletes, with teams and individuals as well as with a professional cricket franchise and an Olympic training center.

Post-Fuqua

Aiming to stay in the sports industry, but within the U.S. at a place like the NBA or Nike.

Deidre-Ann Nelson

Queens, New York, USA

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Deidre-Ann Nelson

Class of 2013

"I was amazed at how supportive Fuqua alumni continued to be throughout my internship experience. As long as schedules could permit, they made themselves available to spend time with me and candidly discuss both professional and personal details. As the big day arrived for my final presentation, many of them attended just so I could have familiar faces in the room."

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Queens, New York, USA

Undergraduate Education

Brandeis University, BA in Economics, 2005

Pre-Fuqua

Goldman Sachs, Executive Leadership Development & Financial Operations

Post-Fuqua

Clinical Specialist at Genentech, in the Commercial Rotation Development Program.

Eric Nakano

San Dimas, California, USA

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Eric Nakano

Class of 2014

"I know many of the readers of these profiles (like me) are daunted by the admissions process and often have doubts about whether they can measure up. But as I continue to learn at Fuqua, being a leader of consequence is striving for your own personal excellence every day. And what you learn about yourself on the journey is just as important as getting into business school."

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San Dimas, California, USA

Undergraduate Education

The George Washington University, BA Political Science, 2004

Pre-Fuqua

Major Gift Fundraising, UCLA, Associate Director of Development; Political Consulting, Burnside & Associates, Political Consultant; Marketing support, Executive Assistant, Union Privilege; Campaign Fieldwork, John Kerry for President, Field Organizer/Exec Assistant

Post-Fuqua

Strategy Consulting at a top firm or marketing at a high-tech company; Ultimately would like to run for office or direct a nonprofit

Yasmine Hamdouche

USA, France, Algeria

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Yasmine Hamdouche

Class of 2014

"Prior to business school, I lived in San Francisco and worked within a niche role at a big bank, monitoring and providing risk mitigating strategies against money laundering and terrorist financing activities within the bank's overall client portfolio."

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USA, France, Algeria

Undergraduate Education

Stanford University, B.A. International Relations, 2010

Pre-Fuqua

2 years as Financial Crimes Risk Analyst, Wells Fargo & Co

Post-Fuqua

Interactive marketing at a tech firm and/or feature film producer

Shu Hong

Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang, China

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Shu Hong

Class of 2014

"My husband also wanted to accelerate his career, so we applied to Fuqua together. Luckily, we were both admitted, so we became classmates. The great thing about coming to school with a partner is that we support each other and experience so many new things together."

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Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang, China

Undergraduate Education

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Bachelor of Science, 2007

Pre-Fuqua

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Senior Auditor, 2007-2010; Morgan Stanley, Finance Associate, 2010-2012

Post-Fuqua

Aspirational Plans: Corporate finance leadership positions, general management rotational program

Erhan Cetinkaya

Istanbul, Turkey

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Erhan Cetinkaya

Class of 2014

"My advice to any prospective student is that business school is hard. Don't make it harder on yourself by taking on more problems related to daily life. Choose a place where you can find quick ways to relieve your stress because you will always have things to be done for school and you won't have much time to relax."

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Istanbul, Turkey

Undergraduate Education

Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey), Industrial Engineering, 2004

Pre-Fuqua

6 years in Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) as a regulator.

Post-Fuqua

Sponsored by the government, looking to transition into risk and regulatory roles.

Carla Hickman

Ooltewah, Tennessee, USA

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Carla Hickman

Class of 2013

"I am shaping a career where profitability and impact are not at odds, where a company can be committed to improving its products and services, while holding itself accountable to a stakeholder community broader than just shareholders."

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Ooltewah, Tennessee, USA

Undergraduate Education

Colgate University, BA, 2005; Pace University, MS, Childhood Education, 2007

Pre-Fuqua

Teach For America Corps Member, New York City, 2005; DC Prep Edgewood Elementary, Founding Teacher; The Advisory Board Company, Higher Education, Senior Consultant

Post-Fuqua

The Advisory Board Company, Practice Manager, Higher Education

Luis Edwards

Trujillo, Peru

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Luis Edwards

Class of 2013

"Fuqua is located in one of the best places to live in the U.S., both in terms of weather and cost of living. In my case, since I was coming with my wife and my daughter, it was very important for me to know that they would have a good quality of life during the 2 years of my MBA. In this sense, Fuqua Partners has been of great support for my wife. I am very happy to say that my family has also been enriched by the MBA experience."

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Trujillo, Peru

Undergraduate Education

Universidad del Pacifico, Economics, 2003

Pre-Fuqua

Worked for 3 years at LarrainVial in Chile as the head of balanced funds and portfolio manager of Peruvian equities. Before that, I worked for 3 years in Credifondo SAF, the biggest asset manager in Peru, as a portfolio manager of Peruvian equities.

Post-Fuqua

I will be working with J.P. Morgan as an Associate Investor on the Andes Team in the Miami office.

Jacqueline Ann Harris

Cornwall, New York, USA

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Jacqueline Ann Harris

Class of 2013

"What I did not know at the time, is that any good leader—whether you are a commander in the Army or a CEO—should know that being situationally aware is the only pathway to effective leadership. When circumstances are undefined, a leader must make good and timely decisions under ambiguous conditions."

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Cornwall, New York, USA

Undergraduate Education

Wake Forest University, Calloway School of Business, Bachelors of Science in Business, 2005

Pre-Fuqua

Captain in the United States Army Corp of Engineers

Post-Fuqua

Instructor at the United States Military Academy in the Department of Systems Engineering

Jasmine Ai

Sichuan, China

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Jasmine Ai

Class of 2013

"Fuqua alumni in the tech industry are a very close-knit community, a continuation of Team Fuqua. I received a lot of useful career and personal development advice from alumni on the West Coast."

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Sichuan, China

Undergraduate Education

Beijing Language and Culture University, Bachelor of Engineering (Major in Computer Science), 2004

Pre-Fuqua

Sales, Cisco, 2004 - 2011

Post-Fuqua

Product Manager at Cisco

Joel Theodros

Ethiopia, Italy, USA

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Joel Theodros

Class of 2014

"As a career switcher, I can't stress how helpful it's been to have classmates with a background in my career interest share their experiences with me. You also see this in the dedication of our alumni who commute from all over the world to Fuqua for recruiting and corporate presentations. It's hard to describe, let alone quantify, how impactful this has been on my MBA experience, but I believe we have something special at Fuqua, and I would encourage everyone to come and experience it for themselves."

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Ethiopia, Italy, USA

Undergraduate Education

University of Southern California, B.S. Business Administration, 2005

Pre-Fuqua

Boeing- Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and C-17 Airplane programs. AT&T- Launched U-Verse TV service in LA area. DIRECTV- Executed several nationwide sales and marketing campaigns

Post-Fuqua

Financial Services

Valery Fomenko

Paris, France

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Valery Fomenko

Class of 2014

"This culture is a significant differentiator for me. A sense of community and support is what I was looking for in an MBA program, as I tend to thrive in groups and teams that work closely together and emphasize collaborative leadership."

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Paris, France

Undergraduate Education

Dauphine University, MS in International Affairs - Paris, France (2008); American University, Kogod School of Business, BSBA in International Business and Marketing - Washington, D.C (2006)

Pre-Fuqua

Prior to Fuqua, I worked four years at the European headquarters of PFC Energy, a strategy-consulting firm specialized in the energy industry, where I was supervising the coverage of the downstream oil markets in the Middle East and Africa, and where I was also leading consultant for the company's Northwest European practice.

Post-Fuqua

I aim to pursue a career in the global commodities market (soft/hard), the oil and gas industry, or the power generation/utilities sector. In the long term, I hope to also be able to support and help one of my friends from college in his wine-importing venture.

Keerthi Kanchanapally

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Keerthi Kanchanapally

Class of 2014

"Without passion, it is very tough to convert ideas into action and for those actions to have impact. So for me, a leader of consequence is someone who is intensely passionate about his/her cause."

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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Undergraduate Education

Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) - Pilani, B.E (Electronics), 2008

Pre-Fuqua

Ashoka Foundation (2011-2012) Consultant - Worked on creating a business case for affordable housing in India; Youth Factor (2009-2011) Co-founder. Launched and led a fellowship to create an immersion experience for young people.

Post-Fuqua

Roles involving Strategy or Product Management

Krystin Jones

USA, Germany, Panama

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Krystin Jones

Class of 2014

"Yes, you read correctly, I went to UNC for undergrad and I'm now at Duke. No, I did not turn into a pile of ash the first time I entered Cameron Indoor Stadium. My Carolina Blue blood has mixed amicably well with Duke Blue."

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USA, Germany, Panama

Undergraduate Education

UNC Chapel Hill, BSBA, 2006

Pre-Fuqua

I worked at General Mills for 6 years within the sales function, moving to a number of locations, including Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Phoenix. I was a Business Category Manager in my last role, responsible for strategizing and executing distribution, pricing, and merchandising strategies for retailers across our entire product portfolio.

Post-Fuqua

After Fuqua, I plan to pursue a career in brand management. I've enjoyed executing marketing and sales strategies, I now aspire to initiate and lead them.

Gloria Guan

Guangebu, Jiangsu, China

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Gloria Guan

Class of 2014

"I look back on the adversity I faced—growing up in poverty and working impossibly hard to bring my later advantages to others—as the key motivating experience in my life. It gave me pride in myself and where I came from, and helped me break down stubbornness to build teams, work alongside others, and keep an important goal beyond myself in mind."

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Guangebu, Jiangsu, China

Undergraduate Education

Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Bachelor's Degree, 2004

Pre-Fuqua

Senior Digital Engineer at NXP Semiconductors in Shanghai; Senior Design Engineer at STMircoelectronics in Shanghai; Product Manager at ZDEC in Beijing

Post-Fuqua

New Energy, Energy Efficiency, High Tech

Paul Vitelli

Morristown, New Jersey, USA

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Paul Vitelli

Class of 2013

"At first, I was scoffed at. My teammates called me 'figlio,' joking that I was the coach's son. Yet, as time passed, more teammates lifted weights with me before practice. Then, each conditioning drill became a race. Soon, scrimmages became so competitive that the losing team had to buy dinner. The increased intensity in practice began to manifest itself in games."

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Morristown, New Jersey, USA

Undergraduate Education

Yale University, Psychology, 2004

Pre-Fuqua

New Heights Youth, Inc., Volunteer Consultant (non-profit), 2011; J.P. Morgan, Private Bank Analyst, 2007 - 2010; Professional Basketball Player, Italy (Osimo Robur 2004 - 2005; Upea Capo d'Orlando 2005; Edimes Pavia 2005 - 2006; Fastweb Casale 2006 - 2007)

Post-Fuqua

Consultant (Associate), A.T. Kearney, New York office

Rotimi Thomas

Nigeria, Canada, Holland

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Rotimi Thomas

Class of 2013

"I am an MBA candidate by day, but a musician by night, and I thoroughly enjoy music making. For me, music production is akin to solving a puzzle with an uncertain outcome. The random nature of the art sometimes results in sounds that deviate significantly from your intentions."

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Nigeria, Canada, Holland

Undergraduate Education

University of Alberta, Bachelor of Commerce, Concentration in Finance and International Business, 2005

Pre-Fuqua

Wealth Management, Senior Investment Representative, TD Waterhouse Canada (TD Ameritrade Parent Company)

Post-Fuqua

Siemens Financial Excellence Program (international rotation focusing on Energy, Infrastructure and Cities, and Health Care)

Michael "Miki" Rothschild

Tel-Aviv, Israel

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Michael "Miki" Rothschild

Class of 2013

"Fuqua has a fantastic marketing curriculum with some of the best marketing professors in the country and a great reputation in the industry. As someone pursuing product management in high tech, I knew that would benefit my career development and would open great opportunities for me."

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Tel-Aviv, Israel

Undergraduate Education

Electrical & Electronics Engineering at Tel-Aviv University

Pre-Fuqua

Hardware Engineer at Intel. I worked on the development of Intel's Core Processor Technology—Intel's microprocessors for all laptops and desktops.

Post-Fuqua

Senior Product Manager at Amazon, in the Amazon AppStore department.

Beth Sanchez

Allison Park, Pennsylvania, USA

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Beth Sanchez

Class of 2014

"My classmates were my biggest cheerleaders and enabled me to focus on my dream of getting an internship with Disney. In the Team Fuqua spirit of collaboration, my classmates introduced me to their contacts at Disney, which helped me get my foot in the door and ultimately led to an interview."

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Allison Park, Pennsylvania, USA

Undergraduate Education

Grove City College, B.S. International Business, 1998

Pre-Fuqua

Prior to Fuqua, I had almost 13 years of work experience. I was a Consultant at Accenture, Sourcing Market Maker at Ariba, Sr. Manager at a health system start-up, and Government Contractor to the Air Force Medical Service Modernization Directorate.

Post-Fuqua

My dream is to become an executive for The Walt Disney Company

Leslie J. Kim

Great Neck, New York, USA

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Leslie J. Kim

Class of 2013

"My confidence in approaching quantitative subjects (I took Corporate Finance!) has increased significantly during my time at Fuqua, and I know that this is a direct result of the experience that I've had with my peers and faculty. Business school is a time to stretch oneself beyond your comfort zone, and the community at Fuqua provides an atmosphere that helps encourage and motivate this growth."

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Great Neck, New York, USA

Undergraduate Education

Wellesley College, BA, 2006

Pre-Fuqua

Ad Sales Marketing and Promotions for TBS, Turner Broadcasting, New York, NY. In this role, I developed and executed product placement opportunities for television shows on-air.

Post-Fuqua

Product Marketing Manager for Xbox, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA

Jack Beuttell

Vero Beach, Florida, USA

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Jack Beuttell

Class of 2014

Duke's joint degree program allowed me to marry my passion for entrepreneurship with my desire to work on and in the natural world. There are only a handful of programs in the country that offer anything similar, and Duke had something special.

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Vero Beach, Florida, USA

Undergraduate Education

Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology, Religious Studies), 2003

Pre-Fuqua

Real Estate Investing at Hines: corporate marketing (3 years), finance (1.5 years), sustainability (2.5 years).

Post-Fuqua

Social and environmental entrepreneur

Sarah Feagles

Canton, Ohio, USA

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Sarah Feagles

Class of 2014

"Most people who have never had to lead a team assume that excellent results go along with the description of being a leader. As I learned in the Navy, that assumption is not true, either because the organization itself does not demand excellence or the individual in charge does not take his/her assignment seriously."

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Canton, Ohio, USA

Undergraduate Education

Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Minor in Corporate Finance, 2008

Pre-Fuqua

US Navy, Force Protection Officer & Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer

Post-Fuqua

Become CFO of a Fortune 500 Company and raise a family.

John Feeney

Monticello, Illinois, USA

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John Feeney

Class of 2013

"To stay true to your values, you must first understand them, and then recognize how they are being tested, in small ways, almost constantly. Taking action in the face of fear is not exclusively something that happens in a Hollywood scene, but rather a series of seemingly less dire decisions we make every day."

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Monticello, Illinois, USA

Undergraduate Education

United States Military Academy, West Point, BS, American Politics, 2005

Pre-Fuqua

Captain, United States Army. Infantry officer in the 2nd Infantry Division and 75th Ranger Regiment, deploying as a Platoon Leader, Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, and Operations Officer.

Post-Fuqua

Associate Marketing Manager at The Clorox Company for Burt's Bees Lip Care