A Global Campus: Above and Beyond in London
December 30, 2009
To say that Angel Gavieiro (Daytime ’02) is a fast talker is an understatement. He hardly takes a breath as all his ideas burst forth. He’s not only quick to share his thoughts, he’s equally quick to act.
In November 2008, soon after Fuqua’s global expansion announcement, Regional Manager for Europe Alexis Mellon reached out to alumni. She sent an e-mail to all those in the London area.
“Angel responded immediately,” Mellon said. “He’s been with us from the beginning. He constantly goes above and beyond the call of duty, which is especially impressive because he’s already busy both professionally as a senior executive, and personally as a caring husband and father.”
Originally from Spain, Gavieiro is Head of Strategy & Business Development for Corporate Banking at Lloyds Banking Group in London. During the last year, he consulted with Fuqua’s London team, and he participated in various activities. He hosted Fuqua Daytime MBA students at Lloyds during a Week-in-Cities trip, attended information sessions for potential students, and spoke to executive MBA students in residency in London.
“Duke and Fuqua are imprinted on my skin forever, and I feel it’s my duty—my moral obligation—to take care of the school and nurture it and make it better and better,” Gavieiro said. “That’s why I got involved.”
He shares Fuqua’s urgency in building the first globally distributed business school. He’s specifically involved in increasing Fuqua’s recognition in Spain—where Fuqua faces stiff competition from well established business schools. By providing invaluable firsthand cultural knowledge to Mellon and the Fuqua team, he’s helping Fuqua to establish a foothold in the Spanish market to recruit students.
“I’m very passionate about this,” Gavieiro said. “I think this is the time to be bold. The world is changing its ideas about business, banking, capitalism—and business school is in the middle of it all. This is the time to rethink the model and invent the program of the future.”
His passion for Fuqua is no recent development; soon after he graduated, Gavieiro co-founded the alumni clubs in Spain and Portugal, and he has served as an alumni admissions volunteer connecting with and interviewing potential MBA students.
Mellon said she can always count on Gavieiro, even with last-minute requests. In September 2009, when Global Executive MBA students were in residency in London, Mellon asked him to provide a presentation on the impact of the global economic crisis on London’s financial sector— which he conducted between office meetings.
“It was phenomenal that he did that,” Mellon said. “It was very well received, and it was really more than we deserved. It’s amazing that he’s always happy to help and he always does it with a smile.”
The seemingly endless supply of energy from alumni like Gavieiro is vital to the success of Fuqua’s global mission, Mellon said. She added that she hopes to build a larger team of Fuqua alumni with similar enthusiasm to expand the school’s reach throughout Europe. She encourages alumni to e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.