John Whitehead, 2011, United States

APAC Director of Sales & Distribution - Trimble, Singapore

Why I chose Fletcher: When choosing between the Fletcher MIB and a traditional MBA, Fletcher distinguished itself because of its diverse curriculum. I knew coming into graduate school that I needed the core business fundamentals offered by top MBA programs, but then what? I wanted the option to specialize in an area at the crux of politics, business, and global society, and of the schools I applied to, Fletcher came out ahead because it offered both the business and specialization component. In an increasingly interconnected world, I feel my degree prepared me for success in global business because I was able to take classes that provided analytical skills AND context.



Favorite city:

Chengdu, China

Most rewarding trip:

Visiting Qinghai Province, China, in 2006

Experience when you felt the farthest from home:

First time I visited New York City

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

The Complexity of International Finance

Fields of Study

  • International Environment and Resource Policy
  • International Finance and Banking

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Business Club
  • Consulting Club
  • Water: Systems, Sciences, and Society Club

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Foreign Languages and International Affairs; University of Puget Sound

Experience before Fletcher

  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, China Program Administrator, Research Analyst - Cambridge, MA & Beijing, PRC


  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • Tibetan
  • English

Summer Internship

  • International Land Systems - China