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Rajeev Kapur

USA

GEMBA Class of 2014

CEO, 1105 Media, Inc.
It’s said that one should always invest in the future, and I believe there’s no better way than in an MBA. In the next 10 to 20 years, China and India will be the two largest economies, so why would you not invest in a truly global MBA program?
 
Just after graduation, I was approached by 1105 Media, an exciting company with a great future, about the possibility of becoming their CEO. While I was going through the recruiting process, it became clear that my USC MBA from GEMBA was a differentiator in my eventually being selected for the role, because the credential demonstrates that I have a highly diverse background and can think outside the box – attributes that are critical as I work with my team to grow the company.
 
The Global MBA (GEMBA) program from USC and Shanghai JiaoTong University (SJTU) delivers on all metrics — you get the best of both worlds. Not only do you get the same top-quality Marshall professors you would interact with in Southern California, you also get them in Shanghai, supplemented by experts from China and the region. As a GEMBA student you also gain immersion into the main USC campus in Los Angeles, which opens doors not just among the tens of thousands of alumni throughout the Asia-Pacific region, but also in the United States.
 
The GEMBA mix of case-based work combined with foundational learnings in finance, accounting and similar academic disciplines is a terrific balance. Given my work and family requirements, I particularly appreciate the GEMBA calendar — we meet once every six weeks, so I have more time to spend with my family, as opposed to other programs in which I would lose every other weekend.
 
The GEMBA program has proven itself to be an exceptionally powerful platform for my ability to manage the risks and capture the opportunities that help my company succeed on the global stage, along with allowing me to further the goals that I have set for myself on a global basis.
 
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