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Mario Ramos

Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2010
Vice President, Research and Development, North America, Schneider Electric

Making a (Bigger) Difference

EMBA Helps Ramos

Mario Ramos enjoys no shortage of responsibility at Schneider Electric. He manages a team of 140 engineers across seven sites, from Indiana to Mexico City. He created and chairs his business unit's patent review committee. He serves on committees that create and execute strategic plans for Schneider's product portfolio and approve new products. In 2009, he received the company's "People Who Made a Difference" corporate award.

But Mario, who holds engineering degrees from universities in Mexico and the U.S., wanted to make an even bigger difference. As he assumed more responsibilities, he found that he needed a deeper understanding of areas like finance, company valuation, marketing and strategy. Trying to catch up quickly, he attended numerous business seminars but realized it wasn't enough. "If I really wanted to continue to grow," he concluded, "I needed to prepare myself with formal education." That insight led him to Vanderbilt's EMBA program.

Working in teams—about which Mario was initially skeptical—proved exceptionally valuable, allowing him to learn not only from his professors but also from the diverse experience of his colleagues. At Owen, he was equipped to help his company make better decisions. "Owen has helped me expand my vision to new opportunities," he says, "and armed me with a unique toolset of knowledge and connections."
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