CEO & AIB Graduate Returns To Teach Next Generation Of MBA Students

Corporate Travel Management’s Laura Ruffles.

As part of their continuing initiative to bring their MBA students real-world teaching and insights, Australian Institute of Business (AIB) has brought in a former MBA student and current business leader to be a new guest lecturer.

Corporate Travel Management (CTM) Global COO and Australian and New Zealand CEO Laura Ruffles will join the guest faculty that makes up AIB’s Industry Partnerships initiative, which was set up to collaborate with prominent organisations and their leaders to strengthen the practical learning link for the valued AIB student community.

As an ‘Industry Guest Lecturer’ Ms Ruffles will now sharing her practical business skills and professional experiences to give AIB students a unique and practical understanding of how MBA theories and principles are applied directly to the workplace.

AIB Joint-CEO Joel Abraham said the school’s Industry Partnerships initiative represented a new era in education for AIB.

“We are excited that AIB students can learn from the likes of Lee Tonitto, CEO of Australian Marketing Institute; Matt Tindale, Managing Director of LinkedIn Australia and New Zealand; Lyn Goodear, CEO of Australian Human Resources Institute; and now Laura Ruffles from Corporate Travel Management.”

Ms Ruffles has local, regional and global industry experience in a career that spans over 20 years. This experience touches on leadership, strategy, operations, product development, relationship management, strategic sales, business planning and technology.

In December 2015, she was appointed to the CTM Board as an Executive Director and is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.

She also studied an MBA with AIB, making her new guest lecturer position a return to old stomping grounds to teach the next generation of MBA students.

“I was fortunate enough to complete the MBA with AIB which provided me with some great insights to apply to my career,” she said.

“I am very passionate about professional development, and as an Industry Guest Lecturer, I look forward to sharing what I have learned in business and leadership with students at AIB.”

Mr Abraham said he expected AIB’s initiative to continue, furthering the improvement of “high-quality learning experience for students in Australia and around the world”.

Ben Ready
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