In the spotlight of IE Brown: Peter MacDonald

Written on November 14, 2011 by blended.team in News

Peter MacDonald (IE Brown Executive MBA candidate) is an award winning Senior Executive with an exemplary

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Peter MacDonald-IEBrown

 record in international business and product development for various companies in the education sector. He is particularly recognized for his entrepreneurial mentality and success in taking underperforming, unprofitable business units and turning them around to profitability.

He successfully:
o collaborates with Universities on development and execution of international strategies
o works closely with Deans, Presidents, and Pro-Vice Chancellors
o identifies new opportunities for creating international activities
o supervises high performance sales and marketing teams
o shares his knowledge of the Education Sector

QS Quacquarelli Symonds was founded in 1990 and has established itself as the leading global provider of specialist higher education and careers information and solutions. At QS, we believe that education and career decisions are too important to leave to chance, we want to ensure candidates have access to the best tools and the best independent expert information before making a decision.
Our activities span across 50 countries, working with over 2,000 of the world’s leading higher education institutions and over 12,000 employers. We provide services at each key career stage; first degree, Masters, PhD, MBA, and Executive-level.
I have been at QS now for nearly 5 years, originally recruited to develop the company’s services that target the world’s leading universities at Masters and PhD level. In June 2010 I was promoted to Commercial Director and am now responsible for all sales, marketing, logistics and operations for our face to face and online products that focus on the under graduate through to PhD level business areas.
Previously I have had experience as a start-up entrepreneur, a Director in an MBA Accreditation body and a Group Head responsible for advertising sales at a national newspaper, in total I have worked in the graduate education sector for nearly 15 years.

There are three key areas that I enjoy most about my current role at QS. As an employer with innovation and entrepreneurship at its heart, QS enjoys the ability to attract bright, ambitious, dedicated young stars; I am privileged to work with a direct report team of 15 of the smartest people I have ever known, over the years we have enjoyed a lot of success and have become a close knit circle of friends. Getting to travel the world for 4-5 months a year taking in exotic far flung destinations helping aspirational candidates reach their goal of international study is pretty pleasant work as well!

The hardest part about my current role is making sure I get my work/life balance right; at the moment I am juggling the IE-Brown Executive MBA, with my commitments to QS and at the same time trying to be sure that James (4) and Lillie (6) get to see enough of me so that they can remember what their Dad looks like!

I was once told that good managers attract top talent, they allow that talent the space to develop, have the humility to know when they are wrong and do everything in their power to help that talent surpass their own personal achievements. I believe totally in that advice.

simply being prepared to question the status quo; challenge yourself not to accept the way things are.

One of the key findings from the TopMBA.com Jobs and Salary Trends Report 2011/12 is that in most regions across the world, the demand for MBA-qualified employees has increased in the 12 months up until June 2011. Latin America and Asia-Pacific have the highest demand for MBAs. The Asia-Pacific region saw job opportunities for MBAs increase by 43%. A further rise of 19% has been predicted for 2012. In India, jobs for MBAs have soared with particular demand in professional services, manufacturing, IT/computer services and microfinance. In China, the electronics/high technology sector is also recruiting MBAs in large numbers.
Employers in Latin America report a rapid growth of 47% in MBA jobs. More specifically, multinational companies in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil have been actively hiring MBAs.
Despite economic uncertainty, in the 12 months up until June 2011 there was an increase in job opportunities in Western Europe. For instance, employers in the UK reported a 44% rise in jobs and Germany a 27%. Business school career service officers who took part in the survey had a positive outlook in Western Europe but were cautious about the finance sector.
At the time of compiling data for the report, there was continued active MBA up until June 2011. However since then, many western economies have been struggling with the on-going euro zone debt crisis. If the sovereign debt crisis results in a double-dip recession, then this is likely to affect MBA hiring. Banks are likely to cut back on MBA intake and this will have a knock-on effect as reductions in consumer spending will lead to cutbacks in manufacturing and consulting sectors in particular. This will not be concentrated in the Western economies only and will cause a slowdown in demand in emerging markets. As a result, we are likely to see some slowdown in MBA hiring in Latin America and Asia.
The report surveyed 2,140 employers from 42 different countries, who are actively recruiting MBAs. The report is focused on data provided by employers and therefore gives a unique insight into recruitment trends in the MBA market.

1. There’s an exception to every rule
2. 2. Beg forgiveness not permission. Whenever I am uncertain about the way forward I look to one of these;
so far so good, they haven’t let me down

For further information on QS please visit www.qs.com

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