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Who’s Got the Top Jobs?

Written on April 10, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics

Monika Hamori, Professor of Human Resource Management at IE Business School, explains her research findings recently published in a Harvard Business Review article “Who’s Got the Top Jobs,” which she coauthored with IE Business School Professor Rocio Bonet and the Wharton School’s Peter Cappelli. Prof. Hamori’s research focuses on the career paths and career success of senior executives.

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The eternal formula

Written on July 17, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News


Cristina Bondolowski, IE alumae 1995

Ideas, the IE Alumni Magazine, interviewed Cristina Bondolowski, VP Global Brands at Coca-Cola Company and IE Master in Marketing graduate from 1995:

“The most important thing is to have very clear ideas and then get things done instead of worrying about them.” This is the philosophy Cristina Bondolowski has successfully applied at each of the challenges she has faced to become world executive director of the most famous soft drink on the planet: Coca-Cola. Always with the same work formula: “Kicking into action when I face a challenge”

After working under a fellowship at IBM during the last two years of her degree, graduating in Business Administration at CEU San Pablo and completing an MBA at IE Business School, her interest in marketing took her to companies that included Estrella Seguros, Pepsico, Universal & Paramount Video Pictures, and Colgate-Palmolive, “where there was a school exclusively for marketing”, on her way to Coca-Cola at the end of the 1990s. She started working as manager of one of the company’s products (Sprite) and later became the brand’s director in Spain. She was then promoted to director of the fizzy drinks business unit in the same subsidiary.

Since May 2008, she has controlled Coca-Cola’s global development strategy in the 207 markets in which it operates. Has so much responsibility ever made you feel giddy?

If I’m honest, it has never made me feel giddy. First of all because we are all directors of the Coca-Cola brand because we all have an opinion about it. I always say that Coca-Cola is like the economy: everyone wants to give their opinion and they do so because they are interested and that is a very good starting point. And, of course, you feel very protected when you have so many brand directors outside and inside the company. The main challenge has been how to lead those points of view in the direction I want them to go. And it has never made me feel giddy because when the company offers you a position like that, it’s because they think you are capable. Perhaps one of the things Spanish directors often lack is the ability to believe in themselves. When you go elsewhere and start working with people from other cultures, you realise they believe in themselves much more than we do. In the end, the company takes its decisions on the back of a great deal of experience. They have seen your work, you have achieved results in your starting country (in my case, Spain) and they select you because they want the way you understand the business, the brand, marketing and team leadership to be applied and transmitted on a global scale. Read more…


From Asia to Africa?

Written on June 26, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Some African countries are among the fastest growing countries in the world. It is no wonder that many Asian businesses are looking into investment opportunities and some IE graduates from Asia are doing the same.

The IE Africa Club organized recently the first IE Africa Day to inform interested students at IE about investment and career opportunities. Watch the video and learn more!

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Tyba wins TNW Startup Rally

Written on June 13, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

Tyba Homepage

Tyba, a project from IE University BBA program, wins the Public Vote Award of this year The Next Web Europe Conference.

Tyba, created by Eiso Kant (22), Jorge Schnura (22) and Philip Von Have (24), all final-year students of IE University’s Bachelor in Business Administration, is an online recruitment tool that permits students and recent graduates to showcase all their professional potential. Young people have been under-represented in the online talent recruitment revolution. Large firms receive hundreds of applications for every job they offer with CVs that are so similar that it is impossible to do an initial screening, and SMEs do not have enough clout to attract the attention of young candidates, and end up spending a great deal of time and money on the search for talent.

Tyba provides a platform where companies can search for, screen, organize and follow up on potential candidates, making it easy to gain fast access to candidates with innovative profiles. Candidates not only provide a description of their professional and academic achievements, but also present intangibles such as personality traits and what they can contribute to the firm, all key factors when it comes to recruiting young people.

Tyba opened its offices in September of 2011 and now has a team comprising 12 people of nine different nationalities. It has obtained €240,000 in funding to date and is currently in the process of raising further funds with a view to expanding to new markets.


Are you planning to work in Singapore?

Written on February 13, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

See what is happening on the IE campus today: Contact Singapore is promoting to work in Singapore!


The alternative to a 2-year MBA

Written on January 16, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Are you considering accelerating your career in capital markets or investment banking, or switching from other professional fields to finance? Do you see yourself as the future CFO – Chief Financial Officer – of a company? Are you interested in working as an entrepreneur with a firm supported by private equity, perhaps leveraging opportunities provided by microfinance? However, you are still thinking if you should do an MBA or a specialized master in finance program…  So, watch Chris (New Zealand) when he talks about why he chose to study both the International MBA and the Master in Advanced Finance, and the benefits he believes students with Dual Degrees have when rejoining the workforce.

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To learn more about exciting career opportunities for Dual Degree students, join the virtual session today with Ignacio de la Torre, Academic Director of the Master in Finance Programs, and Belén de Fontcuberta, Associate Director of Careers Management Center.

Virtual Session – Career Opportunities for Dual Degree students

Wednesday, January 16 at 5pm Madrid time (GMT +1)

Register online



ieTalks – Career Changes

Written on January 2, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Various IE Business School alumni spoke to current students about career changes, how to deal with failure, and about keeping your mind open.

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ieTalks – Working in Asia

Written on December 22, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Two IE Business School alumni and a student, currently working in Asia, share their thoughts on the subject.

-Gregorie Perez is a student of the IE Brown Executive MBA working in Philippines.
-Yvette Hu is an International MBA alumna working in China.
-Thomas Sypre, is an International Executive MBA (aka Global Executive MBA) alumnus working in Singapore

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The ieTalks! is an exciting new events series open to all students across IE where people with common interests can come together in an interactive forum to share their experiences, and feed off of each other’s points of view in an intimate setting outside the classroom.


What are the industries of the future?

Written on November 8, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Where should your professional development take you? Is it the right study / professional path you’re currently on or should you re-focus?

Carlos Diez, Associate Director from the IE Career Management Centre, explains what the trends are in his field of expertise.

Enjoy and let us know if you’re on the right path – or you need some reorientation…

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Brand Yourself!

Written on June 22, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

In a fast moving world we need to always be updated about the latest technologies and trends. Lately, more and more our digital identities are taking over our physical identities, that´s why at IE we chose ¨Brand Yourself¨ as the subject for our series of Tips&Tricks around South East Asia where we talked about how to reshape our digital identity and manage our various social channel to help us when searching for a job!

Here´s a quick sneak peak about the presentation.

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