MBA High Flyers: Easyjet Magazine

MBA High Flyers: Easyjet Magazine
January 25, 2012 The Fold
In Press

[quote]MBA High Flyers[/quote]

 Easyjet Magazine

The Style Professional

Polly McMaster, the 31-year-old is co-founder of a new fashion brand called The Fold, which designs and sells clothes for “professionally chic” women. However, this new venture is at odds with a more sober career background…

“I started out with a PhD in virology, then went into strategy consulting, before moving into private equity. I was involved in investing in healthcare businesses and in 2009 my employers suggested I study for an MBA.

“I took a two-year secondment to study at London Business School, with the intention of building my ‘business toolkit’ and returning to work with more well-rounded skills. Then everything changed. It was a real opportunity to stop and think, and to get off the treadmill that I was on. I met my business partner, Cheryl, on the course and we had the same idea.

“We both had personal experience of getting dressed up for work in manly suits and we wanted to give women a more fashionable alternative. The course was a springboard for the business. We learned all the necessary skills, worked on the business plan and, crucially, built up a valuable network of contacts.

[quote]We both had personal experience of getting dressed up for work in manly suits and we wanted to give women a more fashionable alternative.[/quote]

One of the reasons I chose to study in London was because it’s so easy to get around Europe, and lots of students do exchanges. I traveled to Munich and Madrid extensively during the course because they’re both important hubs and the businesswomen there are potential customers.

Cheryl and I have been working at the business full-time since July, and it’s the best thing that could have happened to us. We’re now doing something we’re extremely passionate about.”

[quote]We’re now doing something we’re extremely passionate about.[/quote]

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