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Vielfalt wird im Mannheim Executive MBA groß geschrieben. Daher ist es auch wenig verwunderlich, dass jeder Einzelne der Alumni mit einem anderen Motiv das Programm absolviert hat und nach Abschluss einen individuellen Karriereweg einschlägt. Im Folgenden haben wir einige spannende Erfolgsgeschichten für Sie zusammengestellt (in englischer Sprache).

Mannheim Executive MBA Alumni

“Thanks to the tools and methods I learned during the program, I can recognize opportunities and estimate risks much better. I feel much more confident and a better leader. With the Mannheim Executive MBA, I got so much more than I expected – an amazing network of peers, tangible and applicable knowledge, a powerful career boost – and all with a ROI of just two years.”

Dejan Miletic, Mannheim Executive MBA Class of 2017

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My goal was to develop myself further. I wanted to close gaps in my professional knowledge, extend my network, and thus speed up my career. Before deciding in favor of Mannheim, I had a look at London Business School (LBS) and Eli Broad College of Business at MSU – Michigan State University, USA. It was the atmosphere at MBS, the timetable, the clear and structured program, and the possibility to talk to alumni and attend a class free of charge before admission that made up my mind. Other arguments that sweetened the deal were the price of the Executive MBA at MBS and the German tax system.

Thanks to the tools and methods I learned during the program, I can recognize opportunities and estimate risks much better. I feel much more confident and a better leader. Recognizing my development as an executive, my company increased their trust in me and gave me more responsibility. One year after graduation I got promoted and am now leading sales units on three continents.

It is hard to single out just a few experiences as there were so many valuable lessons and encounters. But the first things that come to mind are the outdoor leadership training and the strategic project: The former because of the simple and yet so powerful takeaways, and the latter because of the lessons learned.

My personal highlights were definitely my classmates and professors. I was privileged to learn and work with amazing people.

With the Mannheim Executive MBA, I got so much more than I expected – an amazing network, tangible and applicable knowledge, a powerful career boost – and all with a ROI of just two years.

"The high-level of expectations towards the participants could be met as the group offered motivation and mutual support for delivering the best out of ourselves during the day - and enjoy a great time together in the evening.”

Sophie Ismaier, Mannheim EMBA Class of 2014

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When moving from Brussels to Frankfurt to start her job at DB Netz, the German Rail Infrastructure Company, it very soon became clear to Sophie Ismaier that the project she was in charge of was bearing great business potential still to be unfold, but which would require additional leadership skills and business-oriented competences. At a personal level, she had the feeling that she had made the best use of her public administration profile, strengthened by three years at the European Commission, but yet needed to reach for more. Sophie was looking for enlarging her intellectual horizon to, for her, largely unexplored territories and was eager to meet new people. Therefore, she decided to participate in the Mannheim EMBA Program.

The Mannheim EMBA fulfilled all of her expectations. Sophie values in particular the high quality and practice-oriented training and lectures. She regards her participation in the EMBA Program as the experience of a life time:

“The high-level of expectations towards the participants could be met as the group offered motivation and mutual support for delivering the best out of ourselves during the day - and enjoy a great time together in the evening.”

On a personal level, Sophie appreciates her personal growth and the bonds with the other participants:

“The EMBA gave me a sound self-confidence, strengthened my ability to propose, decide and deliver, and brought me new, long-lasting friendships. It made me a better, and a more resilient professional. In this respect, and even though I largely self-financed the program and attended it on my holidays, I regret neither a cent nor a day. I would do it all over again.”

Today, Sophie works as a project manager for DB Netz.

"I think everything starts as a personal challenge; the simple fact of moving out of your comfort zone and realizing your dream is already a major success. The EMBA gives your more than the theory; it is the experience of meeting superheroes and superwomen."

Ada Salas, Mannheim EMBA Class of 2016

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Some of us were driven by fear of not knowing if the EMBA was a good choice, people out there may have asked ’why’? Others, ‘do you think that an EMBA will ensure success?’ I think everything starts as a personal challenge; the simple fact of moving out of your comfort zone and realizing your dream is already a major success.

The EMBA gives your more than the theory; it is the experience of meeting superheroes and superwomen. The weekends at MBS for the last 18 months have been hard but you have made them worth. Thanks to the superheroes for your kindness, professionalism, knowledge and before all for being gentlemen, and thanks to the superwomen for being a live example than women can reach high, making me realize that we did not come this far to stay this far, that it is just the beginning.

“Joining the EMBA means being part of an international high level ecosystem combined with high quality German standards. Thanks to this once in a lifetime experience, I had the privilege to enhance a systematic strategic leadership, while keeping the focus on a sustainable operational excellence.”

Davide Lunghi, General Manager Operations LVMH Watches & Jewelry, Executive MBA Alumnus 2014

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Before his Executive MBA, Davide had graduated in Business Administration at Bocconi University and had joined the fashion division of the luxury group LVMH. He had already built a successful career there and was Finance Director of the LVMH Watches and Jewelry business group when he felt the need to push his limits and move out of his comfort zone. Doing an EMBA seemed the ideal challenge. He chose the ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA in the weekend format (now the Mannheim EMBA), in order to be able to keep playing in the first league.

“I always strive for the best – and both ESSEC and Mannheim Business School have an excellent reputation, not only in France and Germany but also internationally. Moreover, I was attracted by the high diversity of the EMBA participants in terms of cultural, professional, and industry backgrounds.

The EMBA helped me develop a strong entrepreneurial mind and encouraged me to embrace risk and innovation in a more open way. All my fellow participants showed a high level of ambition, commitment, and dedication, which fostered my learning agility and my desire to keep moving forward. Moreover, the strong focus on teamwork motivated me to develop a business dynamic based on continuous learning, including feedback, design thinking, and team coaching. The whole EMBA experience made me understand how important it is to network and build a community based on excellence, common goals and challenges.

The support of one’s company is an important aspect for being successful in an EMBA program. I am very thankful to LVMH, who invest with energy in people development, and who encourage and welcome creative people with a pragmatic business approach.”

The EMBA also meant a career leap for Davide. Directly after graduation, he was promoted to General Manager Operations. He now leads a multi-cultural and multi-competence team of 100, dealing with ten European countries.

I'm a firm believer in continuous learning and the Executive MBA program provided an amazingly inspiring learning composition, including seminars, workshops, lectures as well as other helpful methods. I believe that great things happen by connecting the right people.

Thomas Saueressig, Mannheim EMBA Class of 2014

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SAP CIO Thomas Saueressig is the youngest CIO amongst DAX companies. He explains how he uses the skills he learned during the Mannheim Executive MBA in his work at SAP. 

Like all companies, SAP is undergoing a massive digital transformation – and nowhere more urgently than in its IT department. As the youngest CIO of all companies in the DAX, Thomas Saueressig relies daily on the skills he learned in the Executive MBA to lead the company’s internal transformation.

“I'm a firm believer in continuous learning and the Executive MBA program provided an amazingly inspiring learning composition, including seminars, workshops, lectures as well as other helpful methods,” says Thomas.

SAP’s ongoing digitalization – including a shift to the cloud – requires a complete change in mindset. To achieve this, leaders need to model the behavior they require from employees. This includes demonstrating how the company and individuals can benefit from change.

“During the MBA, with the help of the classmates, professors and coaches, I was able to reflect critically on my behaviors and to challenge myself.” Now Thomas, who started at SAP in 2004 as a student in the company’s dual work-education program, has developed his own management style built on authenticity and trust. Creating the right spirit, culture and mindset in the team is key and he places a lot of value on empowerment and employee development.

Thomas has had broad experience leading multiple teams in SAP’s IT organization and working in a global environment requires particular skills. He particularly enjoyed and benefited from international orientation of Mannheim Business School and the clear focus on cultural specifics in business, which helped to enhance his leadership skills and cultural sensitivity.

As an active networker, Thomas appreciated how the MBA program allowed him to develop close contacts to leaders in many other companies. He also found the cross-coaching and mentoring between his MBA classmates to be of tremendous value. “I believe that great things happen by connecting the right people.” 

Despite Thomas' challenging role at SAP, he found the curriculum fitted his work schedule, thanks to the bi-weekly classes on Fridays and Saturdays and he was able to manage both.

Now as SAP CIO, Thomas is creating a user-centric IT organization, with the twin goals of delivering great user and customer experiences, while changing the perception of IT. “In the digital economy, entrepreneurial spirit and experience are crucial to success. I found the entrepreneurial project in the MBA both exciting and inspiring, and I am working to foster an entrepreneurship culture at SAP.”

"One major motivation to do an Executive MBA was to fundamentally learn all the theories, tools, and skills that are relevant in business life. To me, choosing the Mannheim EMBA was a natural choice – first because it is the best business school in Germany and one of the best in Europe; second due to the proximity to my current hometown Heidelberg; last but not least due to the interesting curriculum."

Jörg Bruch, Mannheim Executive MBA Class of 2014

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When Jörg Bruch started his career with SAP SE, he held a degree in biology and geography, but had no formal education related to his business life. In order to fill this gap after more than ten years of work experience, he decided to join theMannheim EMBA program:

"One major motivation to do an Executive MBA was to fundamentally learn all the theories, tools, and skills that are relevant in business life. To me, choosing the Mannheim EMBA was a natural choice – first because it is the best business school in Germany and one of the best in Europe; second due to the proximity to my current hometown Heidelberg; last but not least due to the interesting curriculum."

Bruch values the impact his MBA degree has made on his business life:

"The learnings are really helpful in my day-to-day business life, now having a solid background in Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting and many other disciplines. I also found myself reconfirmed in my leadership role, not only within my company but in a group of other executives from different companies and industries with really diverse backgrounds. Finally making so many new connections to other executives, not only in my class but through the Alumni network of MBS also to many others, is a real value in itself."

Bruch's biggest take-away from the Mannheim EMBA program:

"A kind of 'I can do' attitude – going 'back to school,' managing all the lectures and assignments besides my normal work and eventually graduating after eighteen months was a great re-confirmation that I can still learn very efficiently and that I can achieve something great. Also the Entrepreneurial Project was a really changing experience that is hard to gain in a corporate environment. Keeping this entrepreneurial thinking for my work in a corporate environment alive is definitely something that puts the question of value in the center of the work."

 

Today, Jörg Bruch is Vice President and COO of a large development unit within SAP. While before the degree his daily business was mainly operational and related to budgets before the degree, processes and formal HR topics, he took on additional responsibility after his MBA. His role now also includes product strategy, portfolio, and governance across the product development for 25 different industries and two lines of business.

"The excellent reputation of the Mannheim EMBA program and the possibility to work closely together with executives from a wide range of professional and educational fields were the decisive factors for my decision to participate in the program.”

Mirko Strube, Mannheim EMBA Class of 2008

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Mirko Strube started his career as Inhouse Consultant at MVV Energie AG and was convinced that in order to take his career to the next level he needed to expand on his leadership skills. For him, becoming a member of the Mannheim EMBA Class of 2008 was the logical consequence: 
"The excellent reputation of the Mannheim EMBA program and the possibility to work closely together with executives from a wide range of professional and educational fields were the decisive factors for my decision to participate in the program.”
Strube considers his expectations towards the program more than met:
“Besides the profound education, the most important aspect of the program was the intense team experience: without feedback and self-reflection it is hardly possible to grow – as a person and as a leader. Looking back, I can say that I learned as much from my peers as I did from my professors.”
His biggest take-away from the Mannheim Executive-MBA program: 
“Acknowledging and appreciating the value of past experiences, learning from mistakes and establishing an environment of trust and mutual support.”
Today Mirko Strube is Senior Vice President Controlling at E.ON Germany.

MANNHEIM BUSINESS SCHOOL (MBS)

Located in the heart of the German and European economy, Mannheim Business School (MBS), the umbrella organization for management education at the University of Mannheim, is considered to be one of the leading institutions of its kind in Germany and is continuously ranked as Germany’s #1.

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