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. He considers the highly diverse cultural and professional backgrounds of the participants as one of the most important features of the program.
During his studies, Norman was entrusted with setting up a new department within the bank. Thus, his participation in the program proved to be both: highly challenging and enriching.
“In the course of the program, I learned more about my own professional and personal boundaries in terms of organization, workload and pressure.”
Norman appreciated two different paybacks of the program in particular:
“On a more ‘emotional’ level, colleagues and clients viewed very positively the commitment and necessary time and effort to complete the program highly recommended within the top 10 percent while successfully setting up the new department. Furthermore, the remuneration and additional responsibilities developed very positively given the trust superiors and clients place in the further education and the ESSEC & MANNHEIM brand.”
Working currently at senior management level with a team of 10 employees, Norman treasures having gained further leadership skills during the EMBA program.
“In terms of managing and working in teams, the most valuable insights centered around setting up and applying high-performing teams to achieve or even over-achieve objectives. International residencies and the international set-up of the program offered interesting professional and personal viewpoints on other cultures. Moreover, sharing professional experiences, in and off the courses, with other participants provided crucial insight into thinking of “counterparties / clients”, which typically elude an investment banker.”
Today, Norman is Head of Capital Structure Advisory Germany, advising international corporate clients of UniCredit on optimal capital and financing structures.