"I loved the personal experience at MSU and formed strong friendships and relationships, so I’ll always carry that with me,” says Golla. “Broad really fulfilled the reason I went there, which was to give myself a better career opportunity and track. The program provided a solid foundation…and gave me all the skills I needed to be successful in each of my roles, which then turned into bigger opportunities."
In the 12 years since earning his Broad MBA, Pat Golla, Supply Chain Director at Novartis Consumer Health, has always had viable options thanks to the skillset he calls an invaluable commodity. Following stints at Goodyear and Neutrogena, Golla has been with a leading Global Pharmaceutical Company for four years and is Global Business Process Owner of its $120 million ERP implementation project. Covering three manufacturing sites and 25 global markets, the project requires Golla to manage a global team of functional experts and understand their processes while keeping an eye toward standardization. His expertise has been so influential thus far that he is moving to Switzerland, where he will continue to lead the rollout from Novartis’s headquarters.
Broad’s diversity and team-driven curriculum prepared Golla to thrive in a global setting. He explains how he leans on his MBA experience, “Everything I do now is done in the context of a team. Since I’m working on a global project I have to work across different cultures with people from all over the world; we have 22 different nationalities on our team. You get great exposure to cultural dynamics when you’re in a top-tier MBA program like MSU because classes are 25–30 percent international students.”
While studying at Broad, Golla interned overseas in Thailand to complement what he learned in class about cultural nuances. By joining IBM Corporation’s supply chain leadership program he gained valuable experience and earned a leg up in the full-time recruiting process. Golla speaks highly of Broad, attributing this unique opportunity to the program, “MSU has a very strong career services program with great companies that do onsite recruiting. [Our rankings] attract top students, which is a good selling point to companies, so students have the opportunity to meet a lot of people and have really good options when they’re out of school.”
In addition to being exposed to a number of recruiters, Golla had access to many student organizations. He held leadership positions in two, serving as a liaison on the Supply Chain Management Association Board and treasurer of the MBA Association, which enabled him to become the skillful leader he is today. Outside of the MBA program, Golla kept busy with intramural sports and other activities in East Lansing, which he describes as, “a fun town with a lot to do.”
“I loved the personal experience at MSU and formed strong friendships and relationships, so I’ll always carry that with me,” says Golla. “Broad really fulfilled the reason I went there, which was to give myself a better career opportunity and track. The program provided a solid foundation…and gave me all the skills I needed to be successful in each of my roles, which then turned into bigger opportunities.”