Laurence Nguyen, 2011, Canada

CN Rail, Market Manager - Calgary, Canada
I manage the marketing and pricing strategy for commodities related to asphalt and alternative fuels in North America for CN Rail's petroleum and chemical division.

Fletcher Thesis: Post-Cold War Defense Contracting Consolidation: Leadership and Survival Strategies of Today’s Largest Defense Contractors

How the MIB prepared me for my job: The bio-diesel industry is a fairly new, fast-paced, and regulatory driven world. My job as a market manager is to be aware of all the market forces pushing on the industry, so that I can be in a position to predict trends and forecast commodity movements. My hybrid international affairs and business masters not only helps me understand the market from a Canada US regulatory viewpoint, but I also get to pull on theories learned in my economics classes to put together strategies to test the elasticity of my portfolio.

The Fletcher experience helped me develop the skillset to approach work issues on a multi-dimensional level. The rigor of the curriculum anchored a habit of being granular in my analysis and thinking process and the school's multidisciplinary and global outlook on the world reminds me to always look beyond quarterly results. 

Why I chose Fletcher: In Asian emerging markets where I spent the last five years, typical successful firms share a common attribute: they are masters at juggling the political, economical, and legal components of their environment to create value and wealth. As I was going through the process of selecting a school for my graduate studies, I wanted to find an institution that not only appreciated the importance of the geopolitical mix in today’s global business transactions, but also offered a program that would reflect this reality. At Fletcher, I followed a rigorous hybrid curriculum that I tailored to my career interests. In addition to the typical strategy, accounting, finance, and marketing classes offered at business schools, I took classes on privatization and deregulation, international negotiation, the global political economy and even had the option to take elective regional topics taught in the language of the region studied. From the classroom to a pub in Davis Square, the learning environment transcended school boundaries, and a good conversation always awaited.

Favorite newspaper:

Le Devoir

Favorite music/band:

Florence K.

Favorite country:

Vietnam

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

Fear of global protectionism tendencies arising from the recent financial downturn and effects on global capital flow into privatizing economies

Issue you know nothing about but you find fascinating:

Carbon credit trading


Fields of Study

  • International Security Studies
  • International Finance and Banking

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Student Representative, Committee on Career Services, Private Sector

Education before Fletcher

  • Language Certificate, Mandarin, Tsinghua University
  • B.Comm, International Business, Concordia University, John Molson School of Business

Experience before Fletcher

  • Frasers International Lawyers, Brand & Communications Manager - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Caisse Centrale Desjardins, Corporate Lending/Treasuries Operations Analyst - Montreal, Canada

Fletcher Activities

  • Co-head of the Fletcher Sportsman Club, a skeet club I helped found
  • Fletcher team for the Clinton Foundation International Case Competition

Languages

  • French
  • Vietnamese
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • English

Summer Internship

  • Barclays Capital, Investment Banking - New York, NY