Experienced business leader adds MBA to his long list of qualifications

Experienced business leader Gordon Orr graduated with an MBA with distinction from Robert Gordon University’s Aberdeen Business School on Thursday December 12 at 2.30pm.

Gordon, who is from Oldmeldrum, decided to return to university to study a full-time Executive MBA in order to augment his business experience and support him starting up his own business.

The 37-year-old said the last year has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable of his life.

 After 15 years of driving growth in the global telecommunications and computer networking industry, Gordon founded Will Do: Business Ltd while carrying out his studies and now works with businesses of all sizes to initiate and sustain organisational level change. He said his MBA has helped him to achieve this.

“The last year has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable of my life,” he said.

“Despite having to balance the intensity of the full time course with the demands of a young family and starting my business venture, the MBA at RGU has helped me broaden my business and commercialisation skills. 

“The level of senior industry engagement - particularly the Oil and Gas sector - on the MBA is significant, which complemented the learning outcomes of the course very well.” 

A highlight of the course for Gordon was winning the Energy Ventures Investment Den for a seismic software consultancy proposition. His team also won the Commercialisation module investment competition with an asset tracking and management investment proposition.  

He said in both instances, the process of business planning and pitching to Industry leaders (including venture capitalists) for real investment was invaluable.

Gordon is no stranger to the industry, as he has led and grown both small and large organisations, delivered on $250M sales budgets and has a track record of initiating and leading successful change projects at country, regional and global level. 

Examples include developing a 3 year strategic plan for his UK and Ireland region that encompassed people, customers and partners, which led to a step change in engagement and revenues, and leading the business through a change of go to market model with some of their most strategic customers (such as BT and Vodafone Global). 

Gordon was Operating Area Leader for UK and Ireland for Juniper Networks, a global computing and telecommunications vendor, where he spent seven years growing their market share, and prior to that spent seven years at Nortel where he grew their Alternate Operator business in the UK and Ireland.

He says he is absolutely delighted to have graduated with distinction today and looks forward to working with North East companies of all sizes to help them with their challenges of market and people growth.

Issued by: 

Stacey Horne
Communications Officer | Aberdeen Business School