Educational background: McGill University, International Business and Entrepreneurship
Prior work experience: Thomson Financial, Vice President, Operations
Current or most recent position: State Street Global Markets, Senior Vice President, Product Development and Strategy; MIT Sloan Alumni Club of Boston, Former President, Current Officer
Growing up in France and attending college in Canada provided a fertile background for my first position with AC Nielsen, one of the world's leading marketing information companies. I worked in international marketing research and helped build their international product offering out of Switzerland. After three years with the company, I decided it was time for business school.
I chose MIT Sloan because I was looking for an analytically intense program that was recognized internationally and was a feeder into the strategy consulting industry. The MIT Sloan brand is tremendous; it puts you in a different league. As a woman in business, you have instant credibility — as someone who can tackle difficult problems and does math! Thanks to my MIT Sloan experience, I was able to do a major career transition.
I did my summer internship at McKinsey, and after two years went to Thomson Financial where having an MBA was the exception. The advice from one of my MIT Sloan professors: “If you want to make a mark, go to work at a place where your skills and degree differentiate you from your colleagues.” It was great advice. At Thomson, I held roles in content management, marketing, product development and management and operations, and ran a large and global Product Operations group (100+ people) with the responsibility for optimizing resource allocation to projects underlying over $1 billion in revenues. I recently joined State Street Global Markets where I'll be leading the newly formed product development and strategy group. I am leveraging my prior work experience across strategy, operations, and software on a daily basis!