Published: 10 November 2015

Award winning business graduate

Surrey Business School is proud to announce that Segun Akinwoleola, a Business Management BSc graduate has been named a rising star in the Black British Business Awards for his achievements in the retail and consumer sector.

Segun Akinwoleola, who graduated in 2011 was appointed national account manager for Revlon in July 2015 where he manages the relationship with Boots. Prior to joining Revlon, Segun worked for a number of companies, including Adidas and Kao Brands.

Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-founder of the Awards, said: “I congratulate Segun Akinwoleola on his award. He is a role model within the consumer and retail community and demonstrates excellence in the work he does.”

We spoke to Segun who reflected on his time at Surrey and how it has helped him in his career:

“Surrey Business School provided me with a number of key skills through the modules that I undertook but also through extracurricular activities. I learnt skills such as the importance of meeting deadlines, commercial and financial awareness, marketing and understanding customers, team work and leadership. In a modern business environment it’s also important to be ambitious – employers want people who want to succeed and the ability to be social is vitally important! Through my work I’ve learnt that it’s not necessarily about the degree you complete but the experience, capability and personality that you can bring to a role.

The Business Management programme at Surrey opened my eyes to the way in which organisations, departments, and entities need to interlink to succeed. Gaining real working experience through the placement scheme was a really important aspect of this. I believe that by completing such a varied degree I gained a broader perspective on life in general.  There is never just one way of doing things and one person or organisation cannot succeed on its own - it needs the help of others.

One of the major benefits of studying at Surrey was the people. I was given some great support from the lecturers, the placement department and all of the social clubs and I think the University of Surrey is well known for its ability to want to help its students.”

About the Black British Business Awards

The Black British Business Awards celebrate and promote the significant contribution of black professionals in business in the UK. In its second year, the awards recognises both established leaders and rising stars in finance, science, technology, engineering, professional services, consumer and retail and individual entrepreneurs.

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