Inaugural Class of the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA to Graduate August 29

August 26, 2009

H.S.H. Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein To Deliver Commencement Address

Washington, D.C. – Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will hold the commencement ceremony for students graduating from the inaugural class of the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA Program on Saturday, August 29, at 6 p.m. in Gaston Hall on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, D.C. H.S.H. Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein will address the graduates.

“We are extremely proud of this first class to graduate from the ambitious Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA Program,” said Gordon Swartz, associate dean of executive education at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “To earn this degree, these students have spent the last 16 months engaged in their studies around the world, balancing demanding careers and personal lives. Now, they graduate from the program as highly mobile executives with business knowledge and leadership skills that will serve them well in the global business environment. They are a wonderful testament to the success of this program.”

Of the 31 members of the class of 2009, more than 60 percent of the graduates are foreign born and 90 percent have international work experience. The group has an average of 15 years of work experience and more than 30 percent of the graduates earned an advanced degree before enrolling in the program. As a whole, the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA program includes students from a variety of backgrounds, including technology, financial services, manufacturing, energy, health care, government, consulting, real estate, and nonprofit.

The Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA Program is a partnership among Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service and the ESADE Business School in Spain. It is taught over 16 months through six residency modules spanning four continents.

Rather than combining a traditional MBA program with international travel, the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA immerses students in the worlds of international business, politics, leadership, and management in eight major centers of business and policy-making: Washington, D.C., Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Bangalore, Madrid, Moscow, and New York City.

Delivering the commencement address is an international business leader. Prince Philipp has served as chairman of the Liechtenstein Global Trust Group Foundation since 2001. His previous appointments at LGT have included serving as the chairman of the LGT Group Executive Committee, chairman of the Board of Directors of LGT Capital Management, chairman of the Board of Directors of LGT Bank in Liechtenstein, chairman of the Board of Directors of Liechtenstein Global Trust, member of the Board of Directors of LGT Bank in Liechtenstein, and chairman of the Supervisory Board of Liechtensteinische Landesbank. He began his career at Hambros Bank Ltd., in London and Banque Rothschild in Paris. Prince Philipp studied history and social sciences at the Universities of Bonn and Basle. He is a founding member of the European Center for Austrian Economics Foundation, a governor of the European Financial Forum in London, and president of the Fondation Saint-Luc at the Universite de Louvain in Belgium.

About Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business is a premier business school in the nation's capital. Founded in 1957 to educate undergraduate business students through the integration of liberal arts and professional education, the school annually welcomes some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in its executive education programs. For more information about Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.

About Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service
Since 1919 the School of Foreign Service has devoted itself to educating the next generation of global leaders. With the unparalleled resources of Washington, D.C., the School of Foreign Service remains one of the world’s foremost institutions for the study of international affairs. Domestically and internationally recognized academic excellence, intercultural understanding, and Jesuit ideals of service are some of the hallmarks of a School of Foreign Service education.

About the ESADE Business School
ESADE is a modern, outward-looking academic institution, which contributes to the development of competent, critically minded individuals from its two educational areas: the ESADE Business School and the ESADE Law School. Through its historical links with the corporate world and society, it has become a lively platform for debate and social involvement.