Participants' Perspectives

Simon Bernard

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2015

When Simon Bernard decided to do an Executive MBA, he was relatively new in a team leader role and he was looking for inputs on how to lead more effectively. His studies gave him the necessary solid theoretical and technical background for a career in the engineering industry. However, his exposure to the business side grew and he felt the EMBA was an excellent complement to his engineering studies. Another of his objectives was to develop a professional network in Germany that goes beyond his own industry. Read more ...

Jörg Bruch

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2014

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 the ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA program. Read more ...

Sophie Ismaier

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2014

After having moved 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. Read more ...

Norman Wahl

ESSEC & MANNHEIM  EMBA Class of 2013

Norman Wahl was working as an associate for UniCredit’s Corporate Structured Finance team in Germany when he decided to participate in the ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA program. The recommendation by a CFO from a Fortune 500 company in the United States, the good reputation, the insightful courses and residencies strengthened his wish to pursue an EMBA in Mannheim and Paris. Read more ...

Tawnya VanGroningen

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2013

When her employer, DCL International, Inc., asked Tawnya VanGroningen to move from Canada to Germany to develop and grow the European business, she already held a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and had 7 years of work experience at the company in technical, sales and management roles. Still, she felt that she lacked a solid knowledge of business concepts which were necessary to succeed in this new position. Read more ...

Dr. Werner Eberhardt

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2013

Dr. Werner Eberhardt realized his wish to pursue an Executive MBA degree at Mannheim Business School comparatively late. At the age of 48, Eberhardt, who holds a doctoral degree in biochemistry, wanted to do something different and thus commenced the ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA on his own initiative. Read more ...

Mirko Strube

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2008

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 ESSEC & MANNHEIM Weekend EMBA  Class of 2008 was the logical consequence. Read more ...

Claus-Henning Cappell

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2014

Claus-Henning Cappell, a participant of the Modular track, just came back from his Asia residency, which consisted of a one-week module at the ESSEC Asia Pacific Campus in Singapore and another weeklong module at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Read more ...

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Oliver Beck

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2011

ESSEC & MANNHEIM Weekend EMBA alumnus Oliver Beck considers himself a "child" of SAP as he has spent his whole professional life working for the German software giant. Going from technical consulting to project management to line management, Oliver had quickly advanced through the ranks – ultimately reaching a point, where he felt the need to look outside his company to further broaden his horizon. When he came across the ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA, the program appealed to him immediately. Read more ...

Dr. Sandra Schug

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2011

Dr. Sandra Schug started the ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA program in April 2010 - only one day after she found out that she was about to become a mother. Facing the challenges of an international program with stays abroad and a tight schedule of courses she was able to complete the program on time and at the top of her class - while being pregnant and later with a newborn child. Read more ...

Miltiadis Vlachos

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2010

When promoted to a general management role, seasoned engineer Miltiadis Vlachos decided he needed to expand on his leadership skills in order to successfully meet the challenges ahead of him. His search soon brought him to Mannheim where he joined the ESSEC & MANNHEIM Modular EMBA Class of 2010. Read more ...

Marc Setzen

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2010

After several years of international leadership experience in various industries, Marc Setzen wanted to further hone his general management skills. With this goal in mind, it did not take him long to find his way to Mannheim. Read more …

Dr. Mihai Socina

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2010

When Mihai Socina, an engineer with a doctorate in civil engineering from the Vienna University of Technology, came across the ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA, he was searching for a way to enhance his business knowledge whilst continuing to pursuit his career. Read more ...

Wolfgang Tilmann

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2010

With a decade's worth of experience in Supply Chain Management in the Life Science and Pharma industry, Wolfgang Tilmann, ESSEC & MANNHEIM Weekend EMBA class of 2010, wanted to further enhance his professional skills.
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Laurent Bouillet

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2009

With a background in mechanical engineering and at the time working as Sales Manager for a subsidiary of GEA Group AG, Laurent Bouillet soon realized that in order to further advance his career, he had to enhance his business management knowledge and skills.
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Elke Lieb

ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2009

Originally an engineer, Elke Lieb grew up professionally in Marketing/Sales with multinational medical devices company Johnson & Johnson. A devoted mother of two, she decided against an international assignment, instead chosing an Executive MBA to advance her career and to broaden her horizon. Her research soon brought her to the ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA.
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