Andy Gilbert
“The classes on strategy were timed perfectly for me as I took over Booz Allen’s portfolio in the Pacific. The strategic questions our professor helped us formulate were essential for me as I thought about how to structure our business.”
Principal
Booz Allen Hamilton

Global Executive

Class of 2014
Industry:
Consulting

Prior Education:

University of California Los Angeles
MA Urban Planning, 1997

University of Southern California BA International Relations, 1994
Hometown:
Seattle, Washington
Nationality:
USA

Reflections

My teammates had significant relevant experience in multiple industries including biotech, manufacturing, and banking, giving me insight on the ways different organizations conduct business internationally. The cultural diversity across my team also highlighted the unique behavioral differences in many societies where we could do business—Mexico, Russia, China, Dubai, and Brazil. This cultural awareness became relevant and valuable as I took on a new role leading Booz Allen’s Korea business, and understanding the importance of building relationships in Asia has served me very well.

Before Fuqua

I was leading a single client business in Orlando, Florida which generally required me to grow and deliver on a small systems engineering business generating ~3M USD/year. I also led the growth of a major line of business to 70M USD over 3 years.  

After Fuqua

Toward the end of my program I took on a portfolio business in the Pacific (e.g., Hawaii, Korea, Japan, Thailand) that included training, engineering, and logistics. I’ve since relocated back to the mainland to lead a similar portfolio that’s close to three times the size.

Advice

Engaging support makes a big difference in your ability to complete this program. If you start to feel overwhelmed, engage your professors and program managers early.  As I was taking on my new role in the Pacific while learning Finance from Professor Alon Brav, I began to feel that I was in over my head and gave him a call. Alon provided crisp counsel that allowed me to refocus and stay on task. My leadership team facilitated much needed flexibility in my work schedule, ensuring I didn’t over-commit myself. Asking for help and perspective when needed helped me complete this journey.

Global Executive MBA

Top Areas of Career Focus

Financial Services (13%)
Consulting (11%)
Sales/Business Development (10%)
Energy/Chemical/Gas (8%)
Marketing/PR/Advertising (8%)
Consumer Goods (7%)

Typical Class Demographics
Global Executive MBA

Age Range

28-45

Work Experience

5-20 years

Countries Represented

17

Women

35%

Non-US Citizenship

30%

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