Giving Students the Chance to Grow
“For my wife and I, Johnson was very formative [in] our lives and professional development,” says Andrew Horrocks, MBA ’92. “It was the first time I had been in a setting where the professors were so approachable, and it gave me a very different perspective on business.”
Johnson also gave Horrocks a chance to view business from a global point-of-view. “It wasn’t until I got to Johnson that I had opportunities to learn in a setting that wasn’t U.S.-centric,” Horrocks said. “That diversity of experience was very formative and powerful and gave me a chance to excel.”
Now a managing director in the investment banking department at Credit Suisse, Horrocks says the breadth and depth of his Johnson education has helped him immensely during his financial services career. Horrocks was previously global head of transportation and autos at Credit Suisse. Before that, he served as a managing director at Moelis & Co., and as head of capital goods and transportation, Americas, at UBS.
With his extensive managerial and financial experience in the transportation industry, Horrocks has acted as a financial advisor to Fiat in connection with the creation of their alliance and equity stake in Chrysler, and has served as a financial advisor to the federal and provincial governments of Canada in connection with the U.S.- and Canadian-financed restructuring of General Motors.
Horrocks notes that Johnson helped him develop a “broad base of knowledge” that helps him lead businesses on a global scale — and make impactful deals. “It is more and more clear to me how important my Johnson education is as time goes on,” Horrocks says.
Horrocks and his wife established the Andrew and Amy Horrocks Professional Scholarship, totaling $100,000 and payable over 5 years, to facilitate more talented students coming to Johnson, and thereby giving future generations of students the same chance he had.
“Our goal is to make it easier for high quality candidates to attend the school by making the financial component of the commitment a bit easier to manage,” Horrocks said. “Scholarship support also helps the school by attracting highly qualified candidates with long-term potential for success.”
Horrocks has long been involved with Johnson as a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council, and also serves as a host for Johnson’s annual Week on Wall Street. As a participant in this week-long program, Horrocks hosts students for a seminar during which he explains his job and details recent major deals he has completed. Horrocks says the Week on Wall Street enables students to get a fair idea of life in the financial services industry before making their career decisions. He credits Johnson with giving him the opportunity to learn about different career paths as a student — an opportunity he offers to current students by sharing time and knowledge.
Brendan Doyle ’12, student intern in Marketing and Communications at Johnson 2011-2012, now works for Tata in Mumbai, India.