“The NEC environment gives you the opportunity to test-drive your ideas, develop models, ask questions and network with others who have ‘done it before’, so that by the time you graduate, you have prepared your landing zone.”
If there is one class an NEC student will look forward to each week, it is the one they have with Vijay Kochar. Some will say it is the insights he shares from his 27-year tenure as an executive at Intel Corporation; others will say it is his ‘no BS attitude’ which gives him the calm confidence to tackle any business challenge with ease. But perhaps it is simply his love for learning and his rare ability to end each lecture with life lessons and words of advice for his students.
From strategic management to negotiation, Bachelor presentations to MBA business cases, Vijay Kochar has been an integral member of New European College’s faculty from its beginnings more than four years ago. Vijay feels a deep sense of connection to New European College’s international and entrepreneurial student body. He attributes this to his own upbringing and career: A global citizen, Vijay was born into a diplomatic family in India and grew up traveling the world. He obtained his first degree in engineering and, after a few years of work experience, went on to earn advanced degrees in business, leadership, and strategy from the London Business School, and Interdisciplinary Design from Cambridge University
Vijay’s career dates back to the early days of the personal computer – when Intel was beginning to experience unprecedented growth. He was approached by Intel upon his return from a six-month exchange at MIT’s Sloan School of Management in the US. “The rest is history,” says Vijay. “In hindsight, it goes to show how you can plan everything but there is such a thing as luck and fate. Prepare well, put yourself in positions where good things can happen, and grab the opportunities that come your way,” he advises.
Between 1981 and 2008, Vijay’s international career with Intel gave him the opportunity to live and work in multiple countries, with responsibilities spanning more than 25 across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in a variety of Finance, Sales, Marketing and General Management roles. “It was a great time,” he says, I have had the good fortune and privilege of having worked with many, many outstanding managers, including visionary leaders such as Andy Grove, one of the founders of Intel.
After more than ten years based out of Intel’s European Marketing Headquarters in Munich, working on new ventures and the development of consumer channels for Personal Computing, Vijay made the difficult decision to move on to new challenges. Thanks to years of experience as a participant in and contributor to Intel’s internal development programs, he knew that teaching would play a key role in his next career move.