The Global Executive MBA program spent January 3-16 in Mumbai and New Delhi. The international residency in India is one of the six the GEMBA students will complete over the course of earning their degrees.

The 29 Class of 2015 students travelled with Raj Venkatesan, Marc Modica, Gal Raz, Robert Carraway, Scott Snell, and Larry Mueller.  They spent their first week in Mumbai and, in addition to class sessions focused on competitive analysis, consumer behavior, operations management, and marketing, the students conducted a variety of company visits, listening to local leaders in their fields.

The students learned about social enterprises by visiting Lijjat Papad. At Danaher (Portescap), they spent time exploring supply chain management and new product development, hearing from Portescap’s Vice President and General Manager in India.  The CEO of Eureka Forbes also spoke to the class about marketing.  Additional company visits in Mumbai included Lowe Lintas and Naan Dan Jain. After busy days discussing pressing global business challenges with Indian business leaders, the students spent their evenings preparing for the next day’s case studies and discussions.

Students and faculty flew to Delhi, settled in, and then spent Saturday in Agra before returning to Delhi.  On their first night in New Delhi, the students attended an alumni and prospective students reception, where they had a chance to network with Darden alumni based in India and share their experiences with individuals considering a Darden program.  Company visits in New Delhi included The Times of India Group, Maruti Suzuki, GenPact, Coca Cola, and Dunia.

The GEMBA Class of 2015 will conclude their program this April with their final residency at the Darden School and then graduate in May.

The Global Executive MBA Class of 2015 in front of the Taj Mahal in January 2015
The Global Executive MBA Class of 2015 in front of the Taj Mahal in January 2015