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“I was surprised by how teamwork is central in all aspects of the Fuqua experience. While we all strive to do our best, we also support all cohort members to ensure the group’s overall success. If only businesses ran this way!”
Global Vice President, Communications and Marketing
McDermott International

Global Executive MBA

Class of 2018
Energy Infrastructure

Prior Education:

Louisiana State University
English and History, 1993


It’s critical to build and rely on a support network that includes work colleagues, family, and your Fuqua team. There will never be a perfect balance, but by supporting each other through the program, your classmates ensure your success. For example, 2 weeks before Christmas, during my second-term residency in Shanghai, my company announced it was entering into a merger with another company. As head of communications, my job was to make the announcement and ensure effective communications to all stakeholders. My Fuqua team knew I had a major work issue, but didn’t know what it was until the very last night, when the company made the announcement. It was fortunate that I could attend class during the day and work all night due to the time difference between Shanghai and Houston, but I never could have made it through Term 2 on so little sleep without the support of my Fuqua team and of my family, who made sure I had a wonderful Christmas waiting when I returned home.

Before Fuqua

As Global Vice President of Communications and Marketing for McDermott International, I oversee all internal and external communications programs for the 10B USD company with 40,000 employees in 54 countries. I serve as the company spokesperson for media requests and ensure our programs support our business strategy for all geographical areas.

After Fuqua

In many ways, I’ve reached my professional goal—I lead the communications and marketing functions and sit on the company’s leadership team. While my role may not change as a result of my MBA, my mindset already has, and I believe my Fuqua experience will allow me to make a much richer contribution to my company.

5 Things You Must Do During A Residency

  1. Complete as many assignments in advance as possible—there’s so much to do and time is precious.
  2. Seek out a truly local experience to give you a new, non-touristy perspective.
  3. Connect with your teammates and classmates. Spend time just hanging out and getting to know each other.
  4. Enjoy as much local cuisine as possible.
  5. Have fun—it’s easy to get caught up in the work, but the global residencies are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Global Executive MBA

Top Areas of Career Focus

Financial Services (20%)
Consulting (5%)
Sales/Business Development (5%)
Energy/Chemical/Gas (9%)
Marketing/PR/Advertising (6%)
Consumer Goods (3%)

Typical Class Demographics
Global Executive MBA

Age Range


Work Experience

5-20 years

Countries Represented




Non-US Citizenship

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