Class of 2015: The Best Executive MBAs

Penn State's Steve Ettinger

Penn State’s Steve Ettinger

A TOP DOCTOR…A FORMER HIP HOP ARTIST…AND A LEGAL ACE

But these nominees are just the tip of the iceberg. Want to know the caliber of professionals on campus these days? Duke’s Peter Saba, 54, boasts a Supreme Court victory as a corporate counsel. Penn State’s Steve Ettinger, 55, who earned his classmates respect for his insightfulness and helping hand, is ranked among the country’s top doctors,  And the University of Chicago’s Sebastian Cerezo Montañez, 39, has already founded a leading independent M&A house and served as CEO for two companies – before he even turned 40.

But it is how many of these students performed once they entered their programs that made them the best in their classes. Two quants – MIT’s Ashley Sager, 32, and Purdue’s Stacey Mueller, 47 – were celebrated by their peers for their high GPAs and willingness to coach their peers (at seemingly any hour). Despite the grueling hours expected of an investment banker, Columbia Business School’s Karl Blunden, 30, was known for his heavy involvement in campus life, winning the school’s distinguished scholarship and outstanding service awards.  And Northwestern’s Meera Atkins, 42, worked tirelessly as an ambassador for the program.

Of course, several students brought colorful backgrounds to the table.  The University of Florida’s Jonathan Tenanbaum, 38, has gone from hip hop artist to attorney to MBA. Columbia’s Jolly Mazumdar, 38, carried on a friendly competition with her husband – who was enrolled in the same program. IE Business School’s Dulce Altabella Lazzi , 43, completed the New York Marathon while pregnant (unknowingly). And Boston University’s Melinda Shockley, 45, finished a race dressed as a purple crayon.

From six sigma disciples to social do-gooders, here are 30 EMBAs who bear watching in the coming years. To read in-depth profiles on each of these candidates, click on the links below.

Class of 2015: The Best Executive MBAs

 

StudentSchoolEmployer
Scott GatesArizona State (Carey)Western Window Systems (President & COO)
Melinda ShockleyBoston University (Questrom)Innolign Biomedical, LLC (Co-Founder and President)
Karl BlundenColumbiaGoldman Sachs (Vice President, Credit Research)
Jolly MazumdarColumbiaGlaxoSmithKline (Manager in R&D Oncology)
Veronica CarreraCornell (Johnson)Bloomberg Tradebook (Execution Consultant)
Peter SabaDuke (Fuqua)Centrus Energy Corporation (Senior VP & General Counsel)
Shanmei YuESADEKeewaymotor Spain (General Manager)
Kevin SmithGeorgia Tech (Scheller)Coca-Cola (Commercial Leadership Finance Manager III)
Dulce Altabella LazziIE Business SchoolIBM USA (Senior Engineer)
Flavio PalaciIESEPwC (Partner)
Satakarni MakkapatiIMDIntas Pharmaceuticals (Vice President of Biopharma Manufacturing and Head of Plasma Business Operations)
Lars E. CarlsonMichigan State (Broad)Youth Haven, Inc. (Executive Director)
Ashley SagerMIT (Sloan)Attivio (Director of Finance)
Shanise AndersonNew York (Stern)Revlon (Director of U.S. Marketing)
Meera AtkinsNorthwestern (Kellogg)Renaissance Women’s Health (Founder/Owner)
Steven Mark EttingerPenn State (Smeal)Penn State Heart & Vascular Institute (Director of Clinical Operations)
Stacey MuellerPurdue (Krannert)Blackfoot Telecommunications (CFO)
Freddie BarelaSouthern Methodist (Cox)Canaan Resoruce Partners (Partner)
Patti FitzpatrickTexas A&M (Mays)Spectra Energy Corporation (General Manager/Marketing)
Derek HerreraUCLA (Anderson)Spinal Singularity LLC (Founder)
Robert FordUniversity of California-BerkeleyAbbott Labs (Executive Vice-President of Medical Devices)
Sebastian Cerezo MontañezChicago (Booth)Oneworld Packaging (CEO)
Jonathan TenenbaumFlorida (Hough)NameJet LLC (General Manager)
Gregory FortnerMichigan (Ross)ID Avatars (VP of Product Experience)
Erin DadyMinnesota (Carlson)University of Minnesota (Special Assistant to the President for Government and Community Relations)
Abhi MehrotraNorth Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)UNC Medical Center Emergency Department (Assistant Medical Director) and Hillsborough Hospital Emergency Department (Medical Director)
Father Pete McCormickNotre Dame (Mendoza)Notre Dame (Director of Campus Ministry)
Jackie DawsonPittsburgh (Katz)McKesson (Manager, Six Sigma)
Pierre-Marie del MoralSouthern California (Marshall)Roche Diagnostics, (Sequencing Solutions Specialist
Jennifer SchretterVirginia (Darden)Goldman Sachs (Investment Management Associate) and KOLTON J (Founder)

Source: P&Q

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