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Serge Stanek

Serge Stanek
MBA 12

Associate
Partners Group
San Francisco, California

Internship:
Partners Group
Private Equity
Zug, Switzerland

Previous degree:
B.A., Business Administration
University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland

Job prior to Haas:
A-Connect Group, AG
San Francisco, California

Serge Stanek knew what he wanted in an MBA program: a global reputation, a collegial culture, and a Bay Area location. But his internship with a Swiss private markets investment management firm and his enrollment in the London School of Business exchange program demonstrate the global reach of the Berkeley MBA Program. Stanek is building his expertise and his network on both sides of the Atlantic.

"At Berkeley Haas I've immersed myself in the U.S. approach to business. Taking a semester at the London School of Business will allow me to take classes more geared to Europe. This gives me the best of both worlds, and twice the networking opportunities."

"My core classes in Accounting and Finance and the M&A elective are examples of how practical the Berkeley MBA curriculum is. The concepts we learned are all relevant to the real-world. I feel confident that I will be able to put them to good use from day one on the job."

"It's great to be taught M&A by a recognized expert like Peter Goodson. He brought all his experience in investment banking and private equity to the classroom and encouraged us to use what we learned in practical ways on group projects that are really comparable to what you would do on the job."

"The defining principle Beyond Yourself is one that I will take with me into my future. It will be a reminder to always think of the impact my actions will have on the people around me. It will remain an inspiration to me."

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