UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Graduates 13th Class of Global Executive MBA Program

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The OneMBA® Class of 2016 learned in seven countries on four continents.

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The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School graduated its 13th class of OneMBA®, the global executive MBA program, on June 11, 2016.

The executives began their studies in 2014 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 (RSM), Erasmus University in the Netherlands, Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP) in Brazil and the School of Management at Xiamen University in China.

“Our OneMBA students – who were already high achievers when they started the program – advanced their global competencies and knowledge and graduate ready to redefine the role of global business leaders,” said Jayashankar Swaminathan, OneMBA associate dean and the GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

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, Poland, Mexico, Brazil, India, China and the U.S.

This class averaged 12 years work experience at organizations such as Intel, Deustche Bank, the U.S. States Navy, PwC, BASF and Cisco Systems. They traveled from California, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Columbia, and around North Carolina to take their UNC OneMBA classes.

Markus Saba (MBA ‘93), senior marketing director for global diabetes brands for Eli Lilly and Company, gave the keynote address. Saba is an experienced pharmaceutical senior executive with an expertise in global marketing. He has spent 23 years with Lilly and has launched and/or held global responsibility for some of the best known brands in the pharmaceutical industry, including, Prozac, Cymbalta, Cialis and Zyprexa. Based at Lilly’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, Saba also has worked and lived in Dubai, Geneva, Kobe, Hong Kong and Philadelphia.

Anthony Michael Benedosso (OneMBA ’16), United Technologies associate operations manager, spoke on behalf of the graduating class.

Alan Neebe, adjunct professor of operations, was presented the excellence in teaching award by Christopher Caruso (OneMBA ’16), SAP Ariba senior director and head of operations for the North America customer organization, on behalf of the graduating class.

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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, 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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