London students hear about Global Strategy from alumni

Three alumni came together on 17 February to form a panel on Global Strategy for Institute for International Management students studying at Loughborough University London.

Mike Croucher, Ben Grinnell and Charlotte Wise discussed themes such as corporate strategy, emerging markets and the changing nature of industry in their three respective organisations.

Chaired by Loughborough University academic, Dr Rahul Kumar, the event formed part of a module on Global Strategy taught at the London campus. Alumni provided insights about global strategy in the real world and discussed international business and technology.

Alumnus Mike, who graduated from Loughborough with a degree in Mathematics in 1981, is the Head of Technical Strategy and Chief Architect at Travelport. Bringing experience from the travel industry, Mike told students that it is important to develop a broad background and to always be inquisitive.

Ben Grinnell is the Managing Director & Global Lead of the Technology and Digital Service Line at North Highland. The alumnus, who graduated in 1994 with a degree in Mathematics and Computing, said to look at everything with “a mindset of continuous improvement”.

Alumna Charlotte Wise is a Manager in Strategy and Planning at American Express. The 2017 International Business graduate encouraged students to speak up and “have confidence in your ideas”. She also stressed the importance of working on soft skills.

The panel also discussed the role of AI, digital transformation and skills needed for a role within global strategy.

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View the press release on the Loughborough University website for further information and resources.