David Gogel

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Hometown: Paris, France


Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel


Chinese (Mandarin)

Pursuing a Passion for Business

Born in Paris, David attended a bilingual school where he studied 6 languages: French, English, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and Latin. His international background and interest in business led him to consider Huntsman once he had learned about the program on a visit to Penn. His sister attended Penn at the time and David thus decided to apply early. This decision was also influenced by his experience at Apple in London, where David interned developing podcasts for educational use; this and other factors drove his desire to want to develop his business skills.

David began developing those business skills both inside and outside the classroom. At Penn, David concentrated in Finance at Wharton and minored in Chinese in the School of Arts and Sciences. He also took many classes in the Management and Operations and Information Management departments, to continue to foster his interests in entrepreneurship and computing. He especially enjoyed his Entrepreneurship class where he was able to focus on the development of a startup. David was the Marketing Director of Global China Connection, a group whose aims are to provide cultural understanding between China and students in the U.S. David also served as President of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity (The Castle).

A World of Opportunities

David applied to Huntsman with Spanish as a target language, but he switched to Chinese because of its growing global appeal. He attended the Columbia summer program in Beijing his first summer, and later returned to Beijing during his study abroad semester at Tsinghua. He found his abroad experience extremely rewarding and began to consider Chinese and European relations prospects. His Chinese improved significantly, and his understanding of Chinese culture and economics developed greatly. David interned at Goodyear in Shanghai the summer of his sophomore year, working within Business Development in Asia Pacific. His time at Goodyear was very successful and thus his internship was extended to his time studying abroad, giving David 6 solid months of work experience in China. After his junior year, he worked a month at a Private Equity firm focusing on cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions between China and Europe. He also worked at RBC Capital Markets in electronic Sales and Trading, where he developed his knowledge of the capital markets.

David is looking forward to working in Strategic Planning and Business Development at AIG in New York, where he will have the opportunity to travel China. He believes Wharton and the School of Arts and Sciences prepared him with different skill sets, but the combination of the two helped fortify an even greater skill set. The most stimulating classes were those with an international aspect because they allowed for a greater perspective in understanding the global world.