Weekend of anniversary celebrations brings together business leaders from across the world
The Kellogg School of Management and the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management celebrated the 10th Anniversary of their joint Executive MBA Program at the Marriott Hotel Frankfurt on Sept. 28 and 29. More than 150 students, alumni, faculty and friends from across the globe took part in this landmark event.
The celebration looked back at the partnership’s inspiration, the decade since its inception and the journey ahead. The event featured keynote speeches from Kellogg Dean Dipak C. Jain, Dean Emeritus Donald P. Jacobs and WHU Dean Michael Frenkel, as well as panel discussions that included alumni and special guests. Alumni speakers included Margret Suckale ’01, a member of the board of Deutsche Bahn AG, and Jesus Lopez ’02, former director of Isuzu Motors Deutschland.
Dean Jain addressed the subject of management education’s enduring value and cast a look forward to assess its role in coming years. “Demographic trends will force business schools to rebuild their MBA programs in future,” he said. “New areas of focus may address customer well-being and healthcare, due to aging populations. And social responsibility also will rise in importance.”
Guests enjoyed a session on “Leadership through Shakespeare” with actor and director Richard Olivier, who entranced the audience with his vivid descriptions of Henry V. After a full day of speeches and workshops, guests enjoyed a gala dinner and dancing.
“The event was so well organized and made me proud to be part of the Kellogg-WHU family,” said Pierre Yves Rahari ’03, head of client relationship management at Morgan Stanley Investment Management.
Special thanks went to Professor Horst Albach, WHU dean emeritus, who founded and launched the executive MBA program with Dean Jacobs in 1997. Guests also expressed appreciation for Stefan Kayser, the former program director. Said Bernadette Conraths, responsible for WHU Executive Education and for the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA: “I feel privileged to run such a prestigious and successful program together with such an excellent team.”
The Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program has gone from strength to strength since its foundations in 1997. In 2007, Financial Times ranked the program No.12 in its global EMBA table as one of the world’s foremost U.S.-European partnership programs.
“The Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program is a wonderful example of effective U.S.-European synergism,” said Dean Frenkel,
Dean Jain concurred, noting that Kellogg-WHU has marked a decade of shared excellence through a collaborative model that is at the center of the Kellogg School philosophy.
“The Kellogg approach has always emphasized the importance of working creatively in teams,” said Jain. “We also believe that, today, global perspectives are an essential leadership framework. Our partnership with WHU, as with other schools around the world, is one way Kellogg ensures its students are prepared to lead in the global marketplace.”