Jennifer Preston
“Nearly every day—whether analyzing the competitive market or evaluating a potential partnership—I rely on concepts I learned in accounting. With a PhD in biomedical engineering, I never imagined requiring daily accounting knowledge and am therefore extremely grateful for Mohan, my professor.”
Manager, Strategy and Business Development
ThermoFisher Scientific

Global Executive

Class of 2016
Industry:
Biotechnology (Life Sciences)

Prior Education:

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
PhD Biomedical Engineering, 2006

Duke University
Biomedical Engineering, 1999
Hometown:
San Jose, California
Nationality:
USA

Reflections

When evaluating top-tier executive MBA programs in the United States, Fuqua seemed to be in a class of its own. The focus on teamwork was an important factor in my decision and the collaborative culture felt unique. International residencies allowed for easier participation from those living outside of the United States, offering me the real experience of working on international teams.

Before Fuqua

As a senior biotechnology manager at American Systems, I supervised a team that managed research projects for a joint military organization. I provided guidance on strategy, led independent review boards, managed research projects, wrote white papers, and presented biotech topics to military organizations.

After Fuqua

In our life sciences mass spectrometry business unit, I evaluate market trends, create processes to ensure alignment with our short- and long-term strategies, and evaluate proposals for products and partnerships guiding investments to minimize risk and maintain the high standards expected of the business unit.

Favorite MBA Moments

  1. The Duke Basketball Experience—pretending to be a Duke basketball player for a couple of hours, including coaching by assistant coaches James and Scheyer, was a dream come true.
  2. Our Global Markets & Institutions class had us travel the world through the life of a t-shirt—from a U.S. cotton-grower to a market stall in Africa.
  3. Exploring new cities around the world with my classmates—yacht cruise down the Bosporus strait in Istanbul, dinner at a North Korean restaurant in Shanghai set up by a South Korean classmate, trip to the Taj Mahal and private museum visit led by a classmate’s family in Agra, visit a Peruvian classmate on the way to Chile, and hosted by a classmate’s family during residency in Panama.

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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