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Published: Feb. 25, 2017

Business alumna makes list of powerful engineering women

Contact(s): Caroline Brooks Broad College of Business brooks78@broad.msu.edu

Timed with National Engineers Week, Business Insider released its list of “43 Most Powerful Female Engineers” and named Apple Inc. vice president and Broad College of Business alumna Priya Balasubramaniam as the fifth most powerful woman.

Balasubramaniam launched her career with Apple straight out of the Broad MBA program. She worked her way from global sourcing manager to her current role as vice president of iPhone operations, based in San Francisco.

As The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year, Balasubramaniam has been instrumental in negotiating a new deal to manufacture Apple products in India, one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets where it still has only a tiny market share. In her time at Apple, Balasubramaniam has overseen procurement for Apple’s core technologies, as well as flat panel displays.

“Priya’s innovative spirit and strategic mindset have positioned her to thrive in business, and are transferable across industries and geographies,” said Sanjay Gupta, dean of the Eli Broad College of Business. “We feel very proud to see our alumni standing out and making an impact in unprecedented ways,” he said.

Priya Balasubramaniam, Eli Broad College of Business MBA alumna and Apple vice president

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