Doug Liedberg
“The program is uniquely designed to challenge and test you on many levels. What you learn from your team members—and about yourself—during your team experiences will be invaluable to you during the program and in your career.”
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Dana Incorporated

Global Executive

Class of 2014
Industry:
Automotive

Prior Education:

University of Notre Dame Law School
Juris Doctorate, 1992

Rockford University
Political Science, 1989
Hometown:
Maumee, Ohio
Nationality:
USA

Reflections

My organization currently employs approximately 29,000 people in 34 countries on six continents—with business relationships in dozens of additional countries. In evaluating possible MBA programs, I focused on identifying the best executive MBA with a strong international focus and an emphasis on conducting business in a complex global environment.

I graduated with improved leadership skills, enhanced business acumen, a broadened worldview, and a stronger skillset to navigate the opportunities and challenges associated with conducting business in a dynamic, fast-paced, global business environment—all of which further prepared me for a transition to a senior leadership role in my company.

Before Fuqua

As Associate General Counsel I reported directly to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary. I shared responsibility for managing the company’s worldwide legal affairs. I also had responsibility for managing the legal work for all M&A and other strategic initiatives.

After Fuqua

As Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary I serve as a member of Dana’s Leadership Team, with responsibility for managing the company’s worldwide legal affairs, as well as risk management, environmental compliance, trade compliance, and corporate communications. I also serve as Secretary to the Board of Directors.

Advice

  1. Don’t wait until a residency begins to complete required pre-reading and assignments. Each residency is fast-moving, and you will benefit from advance preparation.
  2. Each residency is carefully planned to maximize your class time, team projects, and experiential learning. You will want to leverage your remaining free time with your cohorts further exploring the cities and learning more about the local culture and business environment.
  3. When your team is formed, make sure you all agree on your goals and objectives, approach to assignments, workload allocation, and communication methods.
  4. The long-lasting relationships and connections you build during your program will be invaluable.
  5. Value and learn from your teams. Each team member brings their own unique career knowledge, cultural backgrounds, personal experiences, and perspectives.

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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