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Chris Doan

Program: Evening
Graduation: 2017
Current title/organization: Field Reimbursement Management Director, GlaxoSmithKline

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Q: Why did you choose the NC State Jenkins MBA program for your graduate education?

A: I’m later in my career, so ROI played a big component into my choice. Ability to choose between live class at the RTP campus and online courses was big. Lastly, I liked that the student make up had a very different background than I did (a lot of engineers, computer science, manufacturing, etc). This gave me a very different perspective than I would have gotten otherwise.

Q: How did your experience in the program contribute to your professional achievements and successes?

A: The Jenkins MBA allowed me to gain a broader perspective on business helped me understand corporate decision making, and ultimately has given me better perspective to better advise leadership in decisions. Something I reference almost daily is the importance of org structure, and what it says about your organization and how it creates harmony and tension in different ways. I’m often asked why certain groups have such friction, and I’m able to show how our structure fosters it intentionally for better decisions.

Q: What did you enjoy most about your time in the Jenkins MBA program?

A: Working on different projects with individuals of very different backgrounds has had a lasting impact on my perspective and outlook. I enjoyed getting to know the different people in the program, but they also changed me for the better.

Q: What are your lasting impressions of the Jenkins MBA program?

A: It’s a well rounded program that gives you the perspective you need to lead in your company.

Q: What advice do you have for prospective Jenkins MBA students?

A: Be open minded to take lesser roles so you can learn. Be patient, learn, but also make sure it’s not just about what you can gain but what you can give to the organization and others.

Q: Could you give a brief explanation of your current line of work, and what has led you to it?

A: Marketing Director and a large pharmaceutical company. I have been led by a passion to be a strategic leader; sharing that passion with others, and making sure that it’s more about the work getting done, not who gets the credit.

Q: What do you believe is your most interesting accomplishment since graduation?

A: Partnering with some of our cross functional business partners when several of my colleagues struggle to do the same. I credit the varied perspective gained from my classmates for that ability.

Q: What are your goals and plans for the future?

A: Continue to progress within the company; gaining more leadership opportunities and having a seat at the strategic table of our future.