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Adam Wood

Adam Wood

Full-Time MBA, Class of 2014

Finance
Associate Finance Manager
PepsiCo - Frito Lay

Adam Wood received his degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Tulane University, but after years of working in infectious disease research, he decided to pursue other interests. “I realized in the long run that I wanted to start my own business, so I made a complete career transition,” he says. He then worked for a startup construction company that further inspired his desire to be an entrepreneur. With his goal in mind, Adam looked at Simon Business School. “As someone with little business background, I knew I needed a school with a strong Finance curriculum,” he says. “Simon has that, and its smaller class sizes better allow me to engage with professors and other students.”

Adam credits his Simon experience with helping him prepare for his internship with PepsiCo, which he parlayed into a full-time position as an associate finance manager. “Simon prepared me in three ways,” he says, “analytics, strategy, and communication.” Between classroom instruction and his internship, Adam learned another important lesson. “Hard skills are important,” he says, “but the ability to frame and communicate the recommendations from my analysis gave me added credibility.”

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"As someone with little business background, I knew I needed a school with a strong Finance curriculum. Simon prepared me in three ways,” Adam says, “analytics, strategy, and communication.”

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