MBA transformers: Shrenik Shah

Once: Engineer, DuPont

Now: Director of Site Merchandising & Operations, Walmart eCommerce

Shrenik ShahShrenik Shah (MBA 2010) chose a career track early. He studied science and math at the Indian High School of Dubai, majored in engineering at Virginia Tech, and began his career as an engineer at DuPont, ensuring the safety and efficiency of new product facilities.

But Shah wanted to do more than execute on a firm’s strategic decisions. He wanted to make those decisions. He needed an MBA to move to the management side.

On first impression, he says, “the Foster School blew my mind. The people, the environment, how collaborative the whole place is.”

Shah absorbed every course, every classmate, every case competition, every mentor, every opportunity to work and learn.

After assisting in several start-ups and a brief stint in strategy consulting with Alvarez & Marsal, Shah joined Walmart eCommerce, where he helps manage the sprawling Internet operation of the world’s largest retailer.

His engineering background has helped him navigate the analytics and interactions with technical teams. But it’s his management skills that are making the difference. “My engineering work was never customerfacing,” he says. “At Walmart, however, I’m exposed to the entire US market—actual people spending their hard-earned money with us in this tight economy.”

Find out about the other alumni who transformed their careers via the MBA Program.

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