I spent the first eight years of my working life in a line technology role with a third-party supply chain and logistics service provider, joining in 1990 on completing an IT degree. When I left, I wa...

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Adam LaPensee

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I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Masters in Engineering in 1999. After a year out skiing I started work and spent just over 4 years at PWC Consulting working on big IT programmes focussed in the media sector. I then moved to PA Consulting in early 2005 and worked in projects across government, transport, telecommunication and the health sector developing skills across a wide variety of IT and non-IT projects.

In late 2008 I decided it was time for a new challenge and headed off to Madrid to study for an MBA at the Instituto de Empressa. Learning with a truly international group of students and teachers was an experience I will treasure and really opened my eyes to how businesses operate differently around the world. Besides learning the importance of a siesta in the searing heat of a Madrid summer and a splattering of Spanish, I developed a better understanding for the strategic side of the business environment.

I joined Berkeley because I wanted to maintain a diversity of industry experience while enabling me to combine my programme delivery experience with my broader business and strategy knowledge from my MBA. It has not disappointed.

Outside of work my time is mostly taken up with a young family, but I try to maintain my pre-family interests of skiing and mountain biking. More adventurous trips to ski in Argentina, Kashmir and the fjords of Norway have been put on hold until the kids have grown up. I have run three marathons and my times are getting worse…..at some point I’m hoping to find an entirely downhill course so I can reverse the trend and break the 3:30 barrier.