Horan adds EMBA to World Cup, Bledisloe honours

Ex-rugby player Tim Horan about to graduate from Bond University with an EMBA.Wallabies great Tim Horan has added another cap to his distinguished career after recently graduating from his Executive MBA at Bond University, as class valedictorian.

The former Wallaby captain who played for this country on 80 occasions entered the program in the April 2012 intake and now works at Westpac in the sports and entertainment division in Brisbane and Fox Sports as a presenter.

“If you had asked me two and a half years ago whether I would prefer to tackle an Executive MBA or Jonah Lomu from the All Blacks, my answer would have been very different to what it is today – now I’d say give me Lomu any day,” Horan said. “It was certainly a challenge, but well worthwhile.

“In all honesty, an Executive MBA at Bond offers the flexibility and freedom that I needed in order to manage my study around my professional commitments.

“My work schedule is demanding, but with the way the program is structured, combined with the support from the faculty, I was able to complete the EMBA, without it interfering with my work.

Horan, who has won two Rugby World Cups and Bledisloe Cups – two of the highest achievements in world rugby – says he is honoured to have been awarded valedictorian.

“When I was approached to give a speech on graduation day, I almost declined thinking I simply didn’t have the time to prepare,” he said.

“But then when it was explained to me that I was being asked to give the valedictorian speech – I was speechless.

“Sport teaches you a lot about time management and discipline, but I have always wanted to further my education and business knowledge. I feel privileged to [have addressed] my fellow graduates on Saturday and I am proud to have a degree behind me now.”


Ben Ready
Ben Ready founded MBA News in 2014 and is the Managing Editor. He is a former business and finance journalist with Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Dow Jones Newswires in London. Ben completed his MBA in 2012 and was awarded the QUT GMAA Entrepreneurship Prize. He is also the founder and Managing Director of RGC Media & Mktng (rgcmm.com.au).