Simon Business School

MBA Career Consultants

At Simon's Jay S. and Jeanne Benet Career Management Center, MBA students work with a dedicated team of experts with unique knowledge and experience in many specialized areas of business. The Career Consultants understand corporate cultures, career path options, hiring needs--and how to find that position you are looking for.

Career Consultants are actively engaged with our students from the day they first set foot on campus. Over time, they come to know each student’s technical and leadership skills and how those unique attributes can position you for success in your internship and job search.

Each student is assigned a Career Consultant who can help you assess your background, explore your options, develop positioning materials, apply for positions, and negotiate salary.

Meet our MBA Career Consultants:

Ashish Kohli

Ashish Kohli

MBA Career Consultant - Finance and Accounting

Ashish joined the CMC in April 2011, and has more than 15 years of experience in private equity, investment banking, financial consulting and advisory services. He also has over seven years of experience in career management and teaching finance and accounting at leading business schools and financial services firms globally.

Prior to Investment Banking, Ashish worked for Arthur Andersen in the firm’s business advisory, audit and tax groups. Ashish has conducted training seminars globally in North America, Europe and Asia, including leading the global investment banking analyst and associate training program for HSBC. He is a Chartered Accountant and earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi.

At Simon, Ashish conducts various on-campus workshops focused on career search and technical skills required within the financial services industry. Ashish also co-manages our career programs in NYC and leads Career Days in NYC for all academic programs. Ashish has been a competitive table tennis player and loves running and playing golf during the weekends. Ashish is based in our office in NYC.


Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson

MBA Career Consultant - Marketing & Pricing

Steve joined the CMC in August 2016, and has more than 15 years executive-level experience in marketing. Before joining Simon, Steve served as Group VP/Marketing and Strategy for Gannett, an international media and marketing solutions company. Steve received his MBA and MS Media Management from Syracuse University. His undergraduate degree is from St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

Steve has a passion for coaching and mentoring, having hired, trained and developed hundreds of professionals in disciplines across the marketing spectrum, and served as a mentor for professionals from diverse backgrounds in corporate talent development and leadership programs. Steve enjoys advising Simon students about careers in brand management, market research, marketing analytics, pricing, product management, and client strategy.

Steve especially enjoys working with students who seek to better understand the differences between these various marketing functions. Steve serves as a volunteer youth mentor and on the Board of Directors for Compeer Rochester, a non-profit agency which provides healing friendship to community members living with mental illness. Steve enjoys hiking, podcasts on an array of topics, playing guitar, golfing, and attending his kids' activities. Steve is on campus in Rochester.


Kelly Umansky

Kelly Umansky

MBA Career Consultant - Consulting, Operations, Technology, and Analytics

Kelly has been with the CMC for five years and counting. She has 10+ years of experience working in Human Resources and Organizational Development within the technology industry, as well as talent acquisition and management. Kelly has spent several years working in Ontario, Canada as well as the Rochester area. She received her MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology with concentrations in Human Resources and Operations, and she is currently working on her MS in Community Mental Health Counseling at the Warner School of Education, University of Rochester. Her undergraduate degree is from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY.

Kelly is a generalist advisor and enjoys working with students interested in management consulting, operations, technology roles, human resources, leadership development programs, and entrepreneurship. She specializes in behavioral interviewing and is a great resource for students seeking mock interviews. Kelly co-leads the annual TechTrek program and oversees many of our career programming initiatives for MBA and MS students.  

Kelly is passionate about promoting and supporting diversity on campus and is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the University of Rochester. Kelly enjoys hiking, kayaking, and reading. Kelly is on campus in Rochester.


Mark Sullivan

Mark Sullivan

MBA Career Management and Corporate Engagement - Consulting and Technology

Mark has been at Simon for over four years. He has over 25 years experience in commercial banking, public accounting and litigation consulting. In banking he was a VP relationship manager to both Fortune 500 and middle market companies. In public accounting he was a Director of Business Development in the Los Angeles office of a Big 4 firm.

Mark has a degree in Finance from San Diego State University and completed a certification program at UCLA's Anderson School of Business to be an outside Director. For six years Mark was chairman of the audit and compensation committees for a technology company in the Silicon Valley. Mark enjoys advising students about careers in technology, media/entertainment, biotech, commercial banking, asset management, and not-for-profits. Mark especially enjoys working with students to understand and develop their personal value proposition, how to network effectively with alums, how to expand ones network, how to craft a resume for specific jobs, and how to develop the right mindset prior to their first round interview.

Mark co-leads our annual TechTrek and also fosters relationships for the School with companies in Asia. Mark has served on a number of Boards of not-for-profits including hospital foundations, shelters for abused mothers with children, organizations that provide meals to the homeless and others. He enjoys traveling, wine tasting, eating food from around the world, and watching sports.


Peter Handley

Peter Handley

Director, Corporate Engagement

Peter joined Simon in 2011, and has over 15 years of experience in the recruiting/staffing industry. He has worked for a large publicly traded staffing firm, as well as his own boutique firm in placing professionals on both a permanent, and project basis in the New York City market. He was responsible for the recruitment of finance professionals up to the CFO level on behalf of blue-chip companies, and was consistently a top performer in the areas of new business development and account management.

In addition to selling/recruiting, he was responsible for the hiring and training of new employees in the area of sales. His degree is from The City University of New York with a concentration in Communication and Media. At Simon, Pete works with companies that recruit Simon students and alumni and develops relationships with new companies that are interested in hiring or engaging with Simon/the University.

Pete co-manages our NYC career programs and leads the corporate tours for student organizations. Outside of work Peter enjoys running and has completed four marathons and two triathlons to date. He is an avid fisherman, and enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews.

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