Darden MBA for Executives
Class of 2011
What position did you hold prior to starting the Darden MBA for Executives?
Group Vice President, Global Operations at Klöckner Pentaplast
What position were you promoted to either during or after the program?
Vice President and General Manager, PET Films at Klöckner Pentaplast
What Darden career services did you utilize and how did they help you?
Although I was not pursuing a career change at the time, I took advantage of the opportunity to obtain one-on-one career coaching from Connie Whittaker Dunlop, EMBA career counselor. Through my discussions with Connie, I more deeply explored my career interest and skills gaps. As an outcome of this coaching and self-reflection, I pursued a General Manager role that would provide broader experiences across the business.
How did the Darden EMBA help prepare you for your new position?
The Darden MBA for Executives was crucial in preparing me to be successful as a General Manager.
Utilizing the case method in courses such as Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Strategy and General Management, I was able to immerse myself into real-world situations and confront the types of situations actually faced in my new role. By discussing cases and teaming with a cohort of other top-notch executives from various backgrounds, I was able to constantly challenge myself to view situations from many different perspectives.
The special, highly-interactive environment at Darden — led by its world-class faculty — maximized the impact of the discussions and facilitated my ability to readily apply new concepts back into my business.