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Valerie MatenaValerie Matena

Weekend Executive MBA | Class of 2014

 

I began my career as an industry generalist at a middle-market investment bank in Charlotte and proceeded to ride the roller coaster of the financial crisis with a front row seat. After also spending some time with a private equity group in Stamford, CT, I returned south to join my present firm. I currently work in corporate development at Babcock & Wilcox, where my focus is mergers and acquisitions.

B&W is a manufacturer and service provider to the fossil and nuclear power industries, as well as a defense contractor with a long history in naval propulsion. My current role involves the identification and implementation of acquisitive growth strategies for each of our individual business units, as well as the execution of larger corporate acquisitions, joint ventures, and partnerships. As someone who must coordinate with diverse internal and external teams daily, I have found that the lessons that I am learning both inside and outside the classroom at Fuqua have already proven to be invaluable.

I grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, but moved south to Nashville for my undergraduate studies where I graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Economics. I competed for Vandy in cross-country and track & field and I’m still an avid runner. I particularly enjoy trail runs and recently completed my first 100 mile race (yes, it was possible even during the WEMBA program). My favorite training partner (my husband) and I have been married five years and currently reside in Charlotte.

 

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