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Robert Yeo

Executive Coach: RYLNCoaching

Alumnus Robert graduated with a degree in Physics in 1995. He decided to embark upon a career in accounting and has recently become a consultant. Find out about his journey.

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?

Two elder cousins and my older brother had previously studied at Loughborough when I was applying for university, so it was natural short list contender. Ultimately, it was the recommendation from my Physics A-level lecturer to study at Loughborough and the university’s top-class reputation in science and engineering that was the clincher.

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

The 4-year sandwich course with the industrial placement was a game changer for me and I would recommend everyone take the opportunity to spend a year out in industry. As I was studying Physics, it was natural for me to find a laboratory and apply myself to practical research. Bottom line, I didn’t like it, so took the rigour from studying for a Physics degree, the content of the course especially the mathematics, and took a more business aligned first step in my career.

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?

Explore lots of options for your industrial placement so that you can test yourself and your passion for the topic before taking the first step in your career. Also, do not underestimate the value that a physics degree gives you. Prospective employers recognise it as a tough choice, which says a lot about the people successfully completing it.

Can you tell us about your career journey so far?

After graduating from Loughborough, I entered the accountancy profession and trained for three years at a Big-Four firm. Upon qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, I took my first job in London within financial services and never looked back. I held senior leadership positions at Morgan Stanley in London and New York and was promoted to Managing Director in 2012. I was active in restructuring and optimising businesses during and after the financial crisis. I held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for over ten years and was a key member of global leadership teams. The work was complex, fast paced and rapidly changing.

Can you tell us more about your current organisation?

After leaving Morgan Stanley, I decided to embark on the second half of my career and establish myself as an Executive Coach specialising in leadership and business coaching (RYLN Coaching). As an independent coach and strategic partner, I provide responsive and individual coaching to organisations and individuals who are focused on developing their own leadership mind-set and build their influence and impact.

What do you love the most about your job?

I am passionate about developing the leaders of the future and partner with companies and highly talented professionals to provide coaching to help them realise their potential and achieve their goals. I gain immense satisfaction from working with people who are keen to develop their own leadership mind-set and build their influence and impact.

What does the future hold for you?

I have only recently started the second half to my career and am focused on growing my coaching business. I also have the goal of writing and publishing my first book on leadership and coaching in 2019.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

Two key things stand out to me from my over twenty-year career.

1) Being promoted to Managing Director at Morgan Stanley after the financial crisis

2) Receiving a global leadership award in 2015 in recognition for the impact I made at Morgan Stanley.

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