Feyi Olubodun
“My advice for a new student would be to engage with your teammates really early—it will make a difference to your experience overall. Very critical. And for God’s sake, do the pre-reading!!! Especially for Accounting and Finance.”
CEO
Insight Publicis Nigeria

Global Executive

Class of 2015
Industry:
Marketing

Prior Education:

Obafemi Awolowo University
Psychology, 2005
Hometown:
Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality:
Nigeria

Reflections

I wanted to lead global and multicultural teams so needed more than just the essential curriculum. I was looking for a relevant leadership framework and exposure to the basic nuances of global leadership. Fuqua offered all that, with a specific focus on cultural leadership as well as global markets and institutions.

During the program I had to take over the management of a key Chinese client. We weren’t making progress until I recalled insights from my culture and civilizational leadership classes. I just arranged for my Vice Chairman to hand me over to our clients, in line with the Chinese hierarchical philosophy—and it worked like magic.

Before Fuqua

I was the associate director in charge of strategic planning for an advertising agency. I led a strategy team and our corporate planning and implementation discipline for the entire business.

After Fuqua

I’m the first non-founder to become CEO of Insight Publicis, Nigeria after a 2-year leadership transition process. I have a mandate from our Board of Directors to reinvent our company for the post-digital age.

Most meaningful residency: Shanghai/New Delhi

Coming from Africa, the drive of the Chinese market was eye-opening as we also tend to look to the West as the primary source of innovation. But China taught me that each country must look within itself to drive national growth. India was quite upsetting—not just the sharp contrast of poverty and wealth, which exists in Nigeria as well, but the comfortable proximity between the two. Everyone seemed unmoved by the incredible economic disparity, and that shouldn’t be happening anywhere in the world today. We need to do something about that. And yet I also learned so much about reverse innovation in India. What a paradox.

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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