Washington University’s international class of business executives to graduate Saturday

Olin Business School honors EMBAs

Hailing from Asia, Europe, South America and the St. Louis region, 112 students will graduate Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 from the Executive MBA program at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis.

Half of the graduating class has traveled from Fudan University in Shanghai, China, a partner with the Olin Business School since 2002 in offering a 20-month, intensive and international experience for working executives. The Washington University-Fudan University Executive MBA program is ranked as one of the top 10 Executive MBA programs in the world by the Financial Times newspaper; and it ranked first in mainland China for the third consecutive year.

The St. Louis-based class roster includes executives from many of the region’s Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses, private firms and nonprofit agencies. Student-executives average more than 12 years of professional work experience, have strong academic credentials and represent diverse backgrounds, industries and geographic areas.

“The challenges facing business leaders are intensifying at a rapid pace,” says Mahendra Gupta, Dean of the Olin Business School. “Olin’s Executive MBA equips students with tools to tackle the most complex, unstructured business issues, positioning them and their companies to stay ahead of the curve.”

David N. Farr, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Emerson will speak at the graduation ceremony which takes place in Graham Memorial Chapel on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis. Reception to follow at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center.

Interview opportunities with students and professors available upon request at the Knight Center, beginning at 1 p.m, Dec. 13, 2008. Contact Melody Walker.