Thunderbird appoints Guy Groff to lead Career Management Center

July 3, 2012

Graduate career management veteran comes to school from Wake Forest University

Thunderbird School of Global Management has appointed Guy Groff to lead the school’s international recruitment efforts as Associate Vice President of Career Management and Professional Development. Groff joins the school from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he has been the Director of the Graduate Career Management Center since 2008. He will start Aug. 1.

“Guy is a true leader and a skilled strategic planner who knows the international recruiting market extremely well — something critical for our graduates,” said Thunderbird Interim President Barbara Barrett. “As we grow Thunderbird’s recruitment capabilities and expand more rigorously into new markets across the world, his leadership will be especially valued.”

While at the Wake Forest, Groff spearheaded several groundbreaking career initiatives, including a rigorous professional development curriculum and a global recruiting strategy focused on Fortune 500 firms. In the 2012 Financial Times’ Global MBA ranking, Wake Forest ranked No. 15 in the nation for employment with 91 percent of 2011 full-time MBA graduates securing positions within three months of completing the program.

“My philosophy for Career Services is that success should be measured one student as a time,” Groff said. “This begins by creating a culture of caring that builds trust. No matter what the employment market looks like, students can and will be successful when they are well prepared and taught how to compete. Thunderbird maintains a solid history of providing some the best talent for the world, and I am looking forward to building on this tradition.”

The Thunderbird Career Management Center provides the tools, resources and support for the school’s full-time MBA, MA, MS, Distance Learning MBA, Global MBA for Latin American Managers and Executive MBA students. The center is responsible for preparing and connecting more than 600 graduates annually to global careers in the business, government and the nonprofit sectors. For more about the Career Management Center, visit