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GEMBA graduates achieve their peak performance

20 Nov 2012

Matt Comyn is now the Group Executive, Retail Banking Services, at the Commonwealth Bank; Geoff Kruyt has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for Maxxia, part of the McMillan Shakespeare Group and Damon Rees is Head of Run IT for Woolworths.

The common denominator that links Matt, Geoff and Damon is the University of Sydney Business School's Global Executive MBA. They have all either graduated in the past 12 months, or are currently completing their degrees - and all have since enjoyed significant career advancement.

Indeed, Associate Professor Nick Wailes, the Business School's Director of MBA Programs says that a large number of alumni have been given high profile promotions over the past year.

"Our Global Executive MBA graduates are now benefiting from the program and this is what it's all about," said Associate Professor Wailes. "Our goal is to provide industry oriented skills that will help our alumni to progress down their chosen career paths."

"For such a large number of our Global Executive MBA alumni to be offered promotions in their chosen industry is a testament to their hard work and abilities as true leaders in industry," Associate Professor Wailes said. "The Business School is proud of the success of our graduates, and we look forward to helping the leaders of tomorrow for many years to come, through our Global Executive MBA and new MBA programs."

Other graduates who have advanced in their careers since completing the program include; 

Claire Robbs who has been promoted to CEO of Life Without Barriers for a five-year term. Life Without Barriers provides support for children and young people in crisis, people with a disability and those with a mental health issue.

Nick Linnet has been promoted to Director of Strategy for the Mulawa Group, the leading provider of gaming, leisure and tourism business in Tasmania.

Michael Go is now the Executive Director / Executive General Manager for Money Market and Debt Exchange (MMADX), which provides an electronic exchange for money market securities in Australia.

Adam Holloway has been elevated to National Manager, Enterprise & Public Sector Services with Cisco Systems.

Rohan Cook has moved from Cisco to become the Senior Director for Cloud for the Asia Pacific, Japan and China for EMC.

John Keith has moved from the position of Managing Director, Fixed Income at Nomura to take on the role of Head of Financial and Official Institutions for BNP Paribas.

Finally, Steve Jurkovich has moved from his position as Regional Manager Business Banking for Westpac New Zealand into a new role as Executive General Manager - Commercial and Rural at ASB Bank, New Zealand.

"The Global Executive MBA program aims to help talented executives to achieve their peak performance, and transition into the leaders that the world of business needs," concluded Associate Professor Wailes. "Our students and alumni are clearly achieving that objective."

For more information about the Global Executive MBA program at the University of Sydney Business School, please visit the GEMBA website.