The Walpole Programme in Luxury Management at London Business School was established in 2013 to identify and nurture carefully selected MBA students who aspire to become the next generation of luxury leaders. The students attend a series of Walpole-organised workshops, designed to build their commercial acumen, and is also assigned a mentor – a senior executive from within the Walpole membership – who will provide guidance throughout the year. The selected MBA students will have demonstrated excellence in their careers to date, and been accepted onto this prestigious and highly competitive programme because of their aptitude, business acumen, academic expertise and keen interest in pursuing a career in the luxury industry. Please click here to read the latest Programme in Luxury Management brochure.

Selection Criteria

This programme is available to all MBA students in their first year at London Business School who are aiming to take up future management positions in the luxury industry.

2016-2017 Participants

Andres Cavallo

Andres started his career with Bain & Company in Buenos Aires. He covered projects that involved long-term strategy definition, value propositions design, customer satisfaction and cost reduction. After three years and with his MBA in sight, he shifted his career and worked in the Revenue Management and Business Development teams of Grupo Peñaflor - fifth biggest wine company by volume. He was responsible for co-leading the acquisition and joint venture of Grupo Peñaflor with Diageo for the distribution and production of spirits in Argentina. Andres is a Student Ambassador for LBS and part of the Executive Committee of the Industry Club.

Stefano Cordani

Stefano joined the MBA programme having worked as an Associate for the Boston Consulting Group in Milan. His most relevant experiences in the luxury industry include setup of a pricing process for an international apparel manufacturer and retailer; creation of an export plan for Made-in-Italy luxury and food in the US for a public agency; exploration of potential brand extensions for a global luxury car manufacturer; preparation of an industrial plan for a retail group in the apparel and hard goods market. Stefano holds an executive position in the LBS Retail & Luxury Goods Club and Marketing Club.

Tanya Dhamija

Prior to LBS, Tanya worked at IBM’s Market Insights team where she developed thought leadership content around emerging technologies to define or shift market conditions. She looks forward to applying the skills gained through the MBA, as well as those honed while pursuing her BSc. in Economics and Mathematics at Trinity College, to help luxury brands capitalize on the extraordinary potential of big data. Passionate about experiential luxury, Tanya is also excited about emerging trends in luxury services and the increasingly experience-driven direction the industry is taking. Tanya is a member of the LBS Marketing Club’s Executive Committee.

Eric Hagstrom

Eric Hagstrom is in his first year of his MBA at London Business School, and is looking to work in expanding Western luxury good brands to Iran post-graduation. Before LBS, he worked as a strategy management consultant for McKinsey & Company in Dubai and the Middle East, as well as in business development for a McKinsey-owned technology start-up in New York.

Elena Marcen Argiles

Elena joined LBS after five years working in the financial services industry. Her career began at Moody´s Investors Service, in the Corporate Finance Team. She then joined the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as an Associate Credit Officer, where she was responsible for structuring deals in the Retail and Agriculture sectors for companies in Turkey, Mongolia and Ukraine. She also monitored the financial performance of these companies and assessed their creditworthiness. Elena is looking for a career in luxury and is part of the Retail & Luxury Goods Club. Elena holds a Business Administration degree from ESADE and a Master in Economics from HEC Paris.

Nick McClish

Awarded London Business School’s Luxury and Retail Scholarship, Nick McClish is a menswear specialist with over 10 years of experience in the US retail market. In 2012, he helped lead one of the most ambitious retail turnarounds in modern memory — the remaking of JCPenney, and in 2016 he co-founded a design company devoted to offering beautifully made, foundational products at affordable prices — set to launch in early 2017. Nick is a founding member of LBS’s Launchpad (start-up incubator), and an executive member of the PE & VC conference (MulitpleX).

Mikhail Moudrakovski

Mikhail has a degree in fashion design from Ryerson University in Canada and spent the first few years of his career developing his own line and staging runway presentations. His collections have garnered critical acclaim and he was the recipient of the Art of Fashion Most Promising Designer award in 2009 in Toronto. From 2012 until coming to LBS, Mikhail worked at the iconic Canadian brand Roots, first as a Womenswear Associate Designer, and later as a Global Sourcing Coordinator. He is passionate about combining rational analysis with the creative innovation process.

Kerstin Seipel

Prior to her MBA, Kerstin worked as a project manager at the management consultancy Oliver Wyman. As core member of the Retail and Consumer Goods Practice, Kerstin helped leading retailers across Europe craft and implement winning strategies. She particularly focused on strategic challenges in the area of category management, including refining clients’ customer value proposition, optimizing space and assortments and increasing promotional efficiency. Originally from Germany but delivering projects across Europe and currently living in London, Kerstin has broad experience in working across borders and in delivering optimal results in multi-national teams.

Aaron So

Aaron is a management consultant with experience across mass, premium and luxury retail. Prior to LBS, he worked in strategy at Woolworths Ltd., Australia’s largest supermarket and liquor retailer. Previously he was at McKinsey & Company, serving clients on corporate and business unit strategy, mergers & acquisitions, organisational design and cost transformation engagements. Aaron also helped scale THE ICONIC, a Rocket Internet-backed start-up, into Australia’s leading online fashion destination. However, it was Aaron’s first role as an intern at Louis Vuitton that sparked his passion for client service and craftsmanship, and inspired his continuing interest in the global luxury industry.

Eliza Walper

Eliza graduated from Yale with a BA in American Studies. She began her entertainment career at United Talent Agency before becoming a talent manager at Brillstein Entertainment Partners and heading its Endorsements and Lifestyle Division. She sourced, negotiated and activated branded campaigns for award-winning talent with companies including Prada, Dior and Bulgari. She also represented television hosts, fitness trainers and chefs while serving as a strategic advisor in licensing, media and branding ventures to several young companies. She is an Executive Board Member of the North American Club and a part of the Retail and Luxury Goods, Finance and Women’s Touch Rugby Clubs.

Jessica Yanovsky

Jessica joined LBS after four years as a Strategy & Operations Consultant in Washington, DC. Her client work focused on strategy development and execution in the shipping and logistics sector, with an emphasis on eCommerce fulfilment strategy in US and global markets. Her project portfolio includes designing and piloting innovative partnership models between logistics clients and major US retailers, as well as performing market analysis to identify eCommerce growth opportunities for international retailers in China. At LBS, Jessica is applying these experiences to her role on the LBS Retail & Luxury Goods Club Executive Committee as a leader of the eCommerce Conference.

Elena Zhukova

Elena joined LBS after eight years in the consumer goods and retail industry. Most recently, Elena spent three years as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, Moscow. She was a core member of retail, consumer goods and automotive practice areas in BCG, helping clients build customer intelligence, optimize product portfolios, enhance operating efficiency, and improve promo effectiveness. Elena is an executive member of Retail & Luxury Goods club, responsible for Alumni relations. Elena is looking forward to combining her wide experience in mass market consumer goods, luxury-focused LBS activities and her interest in Big Data and Digital technologies.

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