UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Graduates 12th Global OneMBA Class

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OneMBA® is the largest and most diverse partnership among international MBA programs.


The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School graduated its 12th class of OneMBA®, the global executive MBA program, on June 13, 2015.

The executives began their studies in 2013 in Washington, D.C. with students from OneMBA partner schools Tecnológico de Monterrey Graduate School of Business Administration and Leadership (EGADE) in Mexico, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) in the Netherlands and Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP) in Brazil.

“OneMBA students entered the program having already achieved significant accomplishments and developed their global skill sets and knowledge during the program,” said Jayashankar Swaminathan, OneMBA associate dean and the GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “They graduate ready to redefine the role of a global business leader.”

During the 21-month program, they worked with their worldwide class on global virtual project teams, a significant component of OneMBA. They also networked with classmates from the four partner schools and learned from partner-school faculty and local business leaders during residencies in The Netherlands, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, India, China and the United States.

This class averaged 12 years work experience at organizations such as Dell, GE Healthcare, Intel, Honeywell, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, T-Mobile and UBS. They traveled from Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Ontario, Canada, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and around North Carolina to take their UNC OneMBA classes.

Rolf K. Hoffmann (MBA ‘87), senior vice president of U.S. commercial operations for Amgen, gave the keynote address. Hoffmann has a wealth of international management experience gained over 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry. He previously served as senior VP of Amgen Europe and Amgen International commercial operations. He also worked as chief executive of Lilly Deutschland GmbH global marketing. He held positions at Lilly as president, Latin America area; general manager in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa; and numerous global and regional marketing assignments.

Jawa Buddhavarapu (OneMBA ’15), manager, corporate information systems for Westat, spoke on behalf of the graduating class.

Christian Lundblad, Edward M. O’Herron Distinguished Scholar and professor of finance, received the excellence in teaching award from John Mochel (OneMBA ’15), compliance attorney for Aetna, who presented it on behalf of the graduating class.


About the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
Consistently ranked one of the world's best business schools, UNC Kenan-Flagler is known for its collaborative culture that stems from its core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork. Professors excel at both teaching and research, and demonstrate unparalleled dedication to students. Graduates are effective, principled leaders who have the technical and managerial skills to deliver results in the global business environment. UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a rich portfolio of programs and extraordinary, real-life learning experiences: Undergraduate Business (BSBA), full-time MBA, Executive MBA Programs (Evening, Weekend and global OneMBA®), online MBA@UNC, UNC-Tsinghua Dual-Degree EMBA, Master of Accounting, PhD, Executive Development, and UNC Business Essentials programs. It is home to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

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