Two Michigan Ross Executive MBA Alumni Recognized For Being The ‘Best & Brightest’ of 2019


Michigan Ross EMBA alumni Oumar Diagne and Amanda Richie were named among the 100 “Best & Brightest” Executive MBAs in the Class of 2019 by Poets&Quants. 

P&Q called the members of this year’s class individuals who “personify excellence in their programs through their contributions to the class, academic performance, extracurricular involvement, professional achievement, personal intangibles, and unique personal stories.”

To compile the Best & Brightest list, which P&Q calls a “celebration of spirit, stamina, and success,” the publication asked for recommendations from top-ranked Exec MBA programs. P&Q then used the recommendations to select the 100 standout executives, who all hold key roles at their respective companies. 

Meet the two Executive MBA alumni on the list from Ross: 

Amanda Richie, MBA ‘19

Richie, CEO of Plymouth Technologies and CMO of Mobiliti, describes herself as driven. When not in the office, she volunteers for Teach for America, is a member of Women Impacting Public Policy, and is a charity board member of the Association of Water Technologists. 

When asked why she decided to go back to business school, Richie explained: “I was assisting with negotiating the sale of my husband’s company to a large private equity group and I was the only person in the room without an MBA. I realized that I lacked some foundational knowledge to contribute in the most impactful manner.”

Richie said she chose to pursue her executive MBA at Michigan Ross because of the Michigan Model of Leadership, which she felt was ideal for founding and growing multiple entrepreneurial endeavors and for her goal of helping to support the success of the next generation of female entrepreneurs.

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Oumar Diagne, MBA ‘19

Diagne is a senior manager at Amazon, in charge of delivery speed expansion programs, meaning his team’s work improves the delivery benefits for Amazon’s Prime customers around the world. A true global citizen, he holds citizenships in the U.S., Senegal (where he was born), and Belgium (where he lived before coming to the U.S. in 2011.)

When asked what achievement he was most proud of while in business school, Diagne described how he worked with several MBA classmates throughout the program to provide them with tips, insights, and coaching on how to successfully interview for roles at top companies like his own. “I am very proud I was in a position to share my knowledge and at the same time, learn from these remarkable individuals,” he said.

While studying at the Michigan Ross Executive MBA campus in Los Angeles, Diagne said he most enjoyed meeting and working with a diverse pool of talented individuals and also discovering new business problems and how to solve them through advanced quantitative techniques and detailed qualitative analysis. 

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