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Mike Crews, CFO, Peabody Energy, is also a 2004 alumnus of Olin’s Executive MBA (EMBA) program. He reflected on his time at Olin while speaking at the EMBA Leadership Perspective Series held at the Knight Center on March 31. He noted that he learned a great deal about self-awareness, managing people, working together, and especially thinking strategically while an EMBA student.

Crews comes from a family of CPAs – he’s the third generation in the accounting profession. He has risen through the ranks at Peabody from Senior Manager of Financial Reporting to Assistant Corporate Controller, Director of Planning, Assistant Treasurer, and Vice President of Operations Planning before he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in June 2008. From the beginning, Crews found that there were people at Peabody who were interested in his development and that the company had opportunities for advancement and growth.

At one point in his career at Peabody, Crews saw a need to create a position of VP of Operations Planning and brought this idea to his superiors. They agreed and suggested he take the role, which he did. This was out of his area and comfort zone, and he expressed to the audience the need to be open to trying new things for your career to progress. He also spoke on the need to let people know what you want. Tell people if you want to advance or try a different role.

As Peabody’s CFO, he sees his top priority as execution of the company’s strategic plan. Crews observed that the CFO and CEO must be able to work side by side.

As a mentor, he said it is good to identify hard workers and give them further opportunity through stretch assignments. Of his mentors, he said, “mentors got more out of me than I ever thought.”


Information sessions, seminars, and other events are a great introduction to executive programs, and they provide an opportunity for you to meet Olin faculty, students, and alumni. Learn more.

5 Things with the WCC Graphic

1. Continue your research and zero in on companies or firms where you might like to work this summer.

2. Build an Excel target list of these companies that you can show to your network for contacts.

3. Identify people who are active and knowledgeable in the career field you are researching and the companies of interest. ProNet and LinkedIn are good sources for finding alumni and others.

4. Contact the people you find and arrange to meet them for an informational interview in person, if possible, or via phone or Skype.

5. Conduct the interview using an outline and prepared questions.

Find more information on these 5 steps in OlinCareers.wustl.edu




How did you spend your semester break?

Nine Olin students and I had the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong in January to visit firms and participate in the second annual NAAMBA (National Association of Asian MBAs) Global Career Forum.

Day #1 – We visited: Emerson Climate Technologies, Lanson Place Hospitality Management Group, Citibank, and the American Chamber of Commerce – Hong Kong.  We heard from top executives and alumni speak about opportunities in China and across the Asia-Pacific region as firms continue to expand in the area.  We learned there is a top need for mid-level managers who have a “global mindset”.

Day #2 – Visits included KPMG, Li & Fung, and Deloitte.  From learning about the KPMG “My Future, My Say” strategy for new hires to hearing the President of Li & Fung Logistics describe the incredible success of the the worldwide leader in supply chain management, the group had a great day of visits.  Once again, all firms stressed the need for students seeking opportunities in Asia to have a global mindset focus and no fear to “roll up sleeves and get involved with the entire business operation”.

Lastly, we engaged with recruiters at the Global Career Forum held at the Sheraton Hotel, Kowloon, HK where representatives from Kimberly-Clark, Eli Lilly, and Liberty Mutual – to name a few – shared opportunities in finance, marketing and IT across the entire Asia-Pacific region.  On-site interviews were conducted and our group made some great networking contacts, too.

All in all, this was a very successful trip for Olin and Washington University as we continue to engage in corporate recruiting and networking around the globe.