Meet the MBA students | Walpole’s programme in luxury management

In our successful partnership with London Business School, the cohort of 12 students for the MBA Programme in Luxury Management 2017 have been selected, and have begun the programme.

The programme, which has been running for three years, aims to identify and nurture carefully selected 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 throughout the year and each student will also be assigned with a mentor – a senior executive from the Walpole membership – who will provide guidance throughout the year.

These MBA students have demonstrated excellence in their careers to date and been selected for 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. The students typically have 5+ years’ experience working in management consultancy, private equity or a wide range of industries. Their skills and expertise can directly benefit your organisation.

If you are a Walpole member and are interested in pursuing a project with a student on the Walpole & London Business School Programme, or would like to find out more, please contact Celandine Wade, Programme Manager.

See the profiles of the 12 MBA students on this year’s programme:

Andres Cavallo – mentored by Nick Temperley, Head of Reserve Brands, Diageo
Andres was born in Argentina where he obtained his degree in Industrial Engineering. He started his career as a consultant for Bain & Company in the Buenos Aires office where he had the chance to work in strategic projects for a wide variety of industries in the region. He covered projects that involved long-term strategy definition, value propositions design, customer satisfaction and cost reduction. After almost three years and with his MBA in sight, he decided to shift his career to the consumer goods industry. He worked in the Revenue Management and Business Development teams of Grupo Peñaflor, fifth biggest wine company by volume. Before coming to London, he was responsible for co-leading the acquisition and joint venture of Grupo Peñaflor with Diageo for the distribution and production of spirits business in Argentina. In addition to being part of the Walpole Programme in Luxury Management, Andres is a Student Ambassador for London Business School and part of the Executive Committee of the Industry Club.
Vist Andres’ LinkedIn page here.

Stefano Cordani – mentored by Graeme Russell, Head of Brands Communications, Bentley Motors
Stefano joined the LBS MBA programme having spent almost 3 years working as Associate for the Boston Consulting Group in the Milan office, focusing on consumer goods, retail and the luxury industry. During this time, he completed more than 15 strategic projects on go-to-market, marketing and organisational topics in European leading multinational companies. 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. In addition to being part of Walpole Programme in Luxury Management, Stefano holds executive positions in LBS Retail & Luxury Goods Club and LBS Marketing Club.
Visit Stefano’s LinkedIn page here

Tanya Dhamija – mentored by Lindsay Davis, Global Operations Director, Quintessentially

Tanya is an MBA 2018 candidate at London Business School and is pursuing the Walpole Programme in Luxury Management. She is also a member of the LBS Marketing Club’s Executive Committee, serving as a Faculty Liaison and Leader of Flagship Events. 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 also was responsible for conveying these insights to the executive team to drive future marketing and sales strategies. Although American by nationality, Tanya’s international upbringing included stints in Dubai, London, Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai and New York City. These diverse experiences have sparked her interest in understanding how culture shapes consumer preferences and behaviour. She looks forward to applying the skills gained through the LBS MBA as well as those honed while pursuing her BSc. in Economics and Mathematics at Trinity College in a role that allows her 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 in the increasingly experience-driven direction of the luxury industry as a whole.
Visit Tanya’s LinkedIn page here.

Eric Hagstrom – mentored by Mark O’Callaghan, Founder, Echlin
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.
Visit Eric’s LinkedIn page here. 

Elena Marcen Argiles – mentored by Laura Brown, Retail Director, Harrods
Elena joined the LBS MBA after having spent almost five years working in the financial services industry. She started her career at Moody´s Investors Service working in the Corporate Finance Team first in the Paris office and then in London covering several sectors such as Retail, FMCG, Alcoholic Beverages and Business Services. After three years, she joined the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as an Associate Credit Officer. In her last role, Elena was responsible for structuring deals in the Retail and Agriculture sectors for companies mainly located in Turkey, Mongolia and Ukraine. She was also in charge of monitoring the financial performance of these companies and assessing their creditworthiness. Elena is looking for a career in the luxury industry and is part of the Executive Committee of the Retail & Luxury Goods club as a responsible for Alumni Relations. She has also been selected to attend the LBS course Topics in Luxury Goods Management. Elena holds a Business Administration degree from ESADE and a Master in Economics from HEC Paris.
Visit Elena’s LinkedIn page here. 

Nick McClish – mentored by Gordon Watson, CEO, Vertu
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. He entered the industry at the age of 17, working in the stock rooms of Abercrombie & Fitch, and steadily worked his way upward to become one of the industry’s most respected menswear buyers. 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 prices so low, everyone can afford them — set to launch in early 2017. Nick was born and raised in the US, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a BA in Communications. In addition to being a member of the Walpole Programme, Nick is a founding member of LBS’s Launchpad (start-up incubator), and an executive member of the PE & VC conference (MulitpleX). In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering in cardiac care units and local dog shelters and practising both yoga and meditation.
Visit Nick’s LinkedIn page here.

Mikhail Moudrakovski – mentored by Patricia Sancho, CEO, Temperley London
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.
Visit Mikhail’s LinkedIn page here.

Kerstin Seipel – mentored by Paddy Byng, CEO, Linley
Kerstin is an MBA 2018 candidate at London Business School. Prior to her MBA, she 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.
Visit Kerstin’s LinkedIn page here. 

Aaron So – mentored by Nick Keyte, Managing Director, Gieves & Hawkes
Aaron is a management consultant with experience across mass, premium and luxury retail. Prior to LBS, Aaron 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.
Visit Aaron’s LinkedIn page here.

Eliza Walper – mentored by Philip Barnes, Managing Director, The Savoy
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Eliza graduated from Yale with a BA in American Studies and a concentration in Video, Audio and Performance Cultures. At Yale, she was also a member of the Division I NCAA Soccer Team. Eliza began her entertainment career in the mailroom of United Talent Agency before becoming a talent manager at Brillstein Entertainment Partners and heading its Endorsements and Lifestyle Division. In her role, she sourced, negotiated and activated branded campaigns for Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning talent with companies including Prada, Ford, L’Oreal, Adidas, 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 early stage companies. For her work, Broadcasting & Cable Magazine recognized Eliza as a top entertainment industry dealmaker in 2015. Bringing her passion for entertainment to philanthropy, Eliza was a founding entertainment board member of a non-profit organisation empowering victims of sexual violence through social and legislative action. In addition to being an LBS Student Ambassador, 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.
Visit Eliza’s LinkedIn page here.

Jessica Yanovsky – Mentored by Kirstie Carey, Managing Director, Cole & Son
Jessica joined the London Business School MBA Programme after four years as a Strategy & Operations Consultant based in Washington, DC. During this time, 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. Through the Walpole Programme, she looks forward to complementing her consulting background and establishing a deeper expertise in the luxury industry. She has a particular interest in luxury interiors, cultivated through early exposure to design within her family’s real estate development business. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Princeton University and is passionate about applying both her business acumen and creativity to solve strategic challenges in the luxury space during the next phase of her career.
Visit Jessica’s LinkedIn page here.

Elena Zhukova – mentored by Amy Nelson-Bennett, Group CEO, Clive Christian
Elena joined London Business School after eight years of experience in consumer goods and retail industry. Most recently, Elena spent three years as a consultant in the Moscow office of the Boston Consulting Group. She was a core member of retail, consumer goods and automotive practice areas in BCG, helping clients in tasks like building customer intelligence, optimising product portfolio, enhancing operating efficiency, improving promo effectiveness and many others. Before BCG Elena worked in sales analytics in major FMCG companies and participated in the post-merger integration of Kraft Foods (Mondelez) and Cadbury. At LBS Elena decided to enhance her expertise in the luxury sector. She is an executive member of Retail & Luxury Goods club, responsible for Alumni relations. She was selected to attend the Topics in Luxury Goods course. Moreover, she started learning Mandarin to build a deep understanding of Chinese consumers. Elena is looking forward to combining her wide experience in mass market consumer goods, luxury-focused LBS activities and great interest in Big Data and Digital technologies.
Visit Elena’s LinkedIn page here.

Luxury Leaders of Tomorrow, with London Business School