Category Archives: Career Insights

Finance Executive Shares Her Investing and Career Insight

Duke Fuqua alumna Regional Advisory Board member, Marina Bykova, Global Executive MBA 2004Marina Bykova has her finger on the pulse of global investment and banking. She has developed her knowledge of these industries during a career that began more than 20 years ago in Russia.

Bykova is a founder and managing partner at Maxima Invest, an investment advisory firm, and Maxima Solutions, a wealth management firm. Prior to starting those companies she held executive roles at Sberbank in Austria, Russia and Ukraine and was at Citigroup for 10 years, leading groups in Russia and the U.S.

Bykova graduated from the Global Executive MBA program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 2004, and serves on the school’s regional advisory board for Russia/CIS. In a Fuqua Q&A she shared her investment and leadership expertise plus insights about the challenges women face in the corporate world.

Q) What emerging trends do you think will have a major impact on investing in Europe and Russia/CIS markets in the next few years?


Henderson Russia Chief Financial Officer Gives Career Insights

max_sazhinMax Sazhin is chief financial officer of Henderson, a popular men’s clothing chain in Russia.

He is also a graduate of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Global Executive MBA program.

Sazhin discusses lessons he’s learned in a fast-growing company and the best career advice he was ever given in this Q&A interview.

The Value of an International Education

155408_breeden017What is the benefit of studying abroad? Wouldn’t it be easier and more convenient for me to stay put here in Russia and study global business?  After all, can’t I just go online to hear global perspectives?

French native Bertrand Guillotin, director of the international programs office at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, shares his point of view in the following Q&A.

Q) What does international experience do for one’s resume?

Going to America still has a cachet associated with it.  Just look at the lists of global companies, largest banks or billionaires and see how many are American.  Making it in America implies higher performance, success and prestige.


Ernst and Young Top Executive Talks Leadership in Russia

Stuart Lawson

Stuart Lawson

Stuart Lawson knows a thing or two about business. He has 36 years of banking experience, 16 of them as CEO/Chairman of banks in Russia. During the past two years, he has established a strong position in consulting. Lawson is Ernst and Young’s Executive Director for Russia and the CIS.

He recently led a session for Fuqua’s Global Executive MBA students during their residency in Russia.  He discussed everything from management challenges to how Russia’s business climate is different from other places.

Lawson elaborates on some of those topics in a Fuqua Q&A.

Q) What do you want people to know about doing business in Russia?

Russia is full of contradictions. On the one hand, it is an ancient land, full of tradition, culture and history. On the other hand, it has been formed in its current iteration since the fall of communism over only 20 years. Inevitably this leads to a fascinating business landscape that provides tremendous possibilities but with concomitant risk. The trick is to equip yourself with sufficient local knowledge to be able to make the judgment calls on when to act and with whom in what sector.


Severstal Russian Steel CEO Offers Leadership Lessons to Global Executive MBA Class in Russia

GrubmanTo know what’s happening in global business, you need to be where business happens. This is part of the reason why students in the Global Executive MBA class at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business have program residencies in key international markets.

As part of a previous residency in St. Petersburg, the students interacted with Severstal Russian Steel CEO Alexander Grubman and gained insights on one of the world’s leading steel and mining companies.