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The engineer-turned-business-strategist

Eva Azoulay, MBA 04
By Emma Brayley

Eva Azoulay, MBA 04 “I was part of the team that started a women’s leadership program at Pratt & Whitney Canada. I became the executive sponsor for one its flagship events: a leadership forum with more than 1,000 women.”

After working at Pratt & Whitney Canada for 20 years, Eva Azoulay is the vice-president of commercial aftermarket, based at the global headquarters in East Hartford, Conn. The firm has engines in more than 200 countries and territories.

After completing a degree in mechanical engineering, Azoulay expected to work in the nuts and bolts of the discipline.

“If someone had asked me to map out my career when I completed my undergrad, I’m nowhere near what I was thinking at the time,” Azoulay says.

On the challenges of multitasking

“I did my MBA part-time, at night, with a full-time job and had two kids in the process. I started just before having my eldest and finished not long after having my second child. It was a hectic four years. There were some days I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. The Concordia program was great because it really does cater to working people.”

Best career advice

“Be yourself. We all need to grow and evolve as we take on different opportunities and roles in our careers, but stay true to yourself because that is what differentiates you and it is what you bring to the table.”

Proudest professional moment

“Being recognized for my contribution in evolving the business model during my role in strategy and business development at Pratt & Whitney Canada. I got to look at the whole of the business and work with the leadership team to define the direction of the company. Seeing some of those initiatives take root and become a part of how we run the organization was great.”

On pushing for gender diversity

 “I was part of the team that started a women’s leadership program at Pratt & Whitney Canada. When I came to the U.S., which also has a strong women’s leadership employee resource group, I joined the group and became the executive sponsor for one its flagship events: a leadership forum with more than 1,000 women.”



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