Head of Corporate Solutions, Aon Consulting
Executive MBA 2008
Marcus completed his Executive MBA over three years, graduating with a Distinction in 2008. His decision to choose Leeds University Business School was governed by several factors, including university reputation, course format and calibre of teaching staff.
When drawing up a shortlist, Marcus was swayed by Leeds’ standing as a Business School. “Leeds is internationally renowned for its academic reputation,” he says. “MBAs generally cover similar subjects, but the modular format of this course suited my learning style, and meant that I could focus on particular subjects efficiently for short intense periods.”
Since completing his MBA, Marcus has had two rapid promotions, and is now Head of Corporate Solutions for Aon Consulting in the UK. He is responsible for advising companies on pension provision and his knowledge and communication skills have led to him being regularly quoted in the media on pensions-related issues. “The course taught me how to communicate with clients on their terms,” he says. “I apply my own skills to their environment in a manner that maximises value to them - and that skill has been a great help to my career.”
Applying the skills and experience learned during the MBA to current work-related issues and situations is something that Marcus finds himself doing regularly. “Often, I’ll find that a new scenario has relevance to a taught module, an assignment, a case study or an experience of one of my colleagues during the course,” he says. “This can really help when trying to resolve a problem or think through a situation.”
Marcus also enjoyed sharing his own experiences with fellow students and the business leaders who taught on the course, ensuring that he learnt from their collective expertise: “The course content was genuinely interesting and applying it to my own organisation generated a different insight that remains with me still,” he says. “Leeds University Business School can boast some of the most renowned experts in the world – in fact I am still in touch with some of my tutors now, discussing ideas and theories.“
As well as the MBA, Marcus was kept very busy as his two children were born during his time at Leeds: “I greatly enjoyed graduation day with my colleagues, my wife and my two children who hadn’t been born at the start of the course!” he says. At the end of course party, Marcus was awarded the title of ‘Most Likely to Help Others in the Group’, something which he considers “an honour indeed!”