Gideon Ratner’s Quantium leap, via a part-time MBA

2/11/2016
By the time he came to Melbourne Business School to study his part-time MBA, Gideon Ratner’s career had progressed from software engineer to strategist and marketer at NAB in a little more than six years – then it took a Quantium leap.
 
Gideon had made it to NAB via a management consultant role at Accenture when he began his MBA in 2012, but he was keen to broaden his business skills.

“For me, the MBA was a great platform to take my technical knowledge and apply it across marketing, consulting and business, where you need to be familiar with contracts, accounting and a whole range of things,” he says.

Not surprisingly, given his software background, Gideon admires innovators. While working at NAB, Gideon met the very innovative Adam Driussi, CEO of Quantium, then a Sydney-based data analytics start-up that is now expanding internationally under Gideon’s guidance as Group Executive – International Markets and Strategy.

“I knew Adam from negotiating an agreement with Quantium at NAB,” Gideon recalls, “and I realised that he was a very impressive guy. I liked his philosophy on business and analytics, and when I was looking for other opportunities, he said, ‘Come join our business.’”

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Quantium’s Pui-Ching Lee (left) and Gideon Ratner

Gideon later joined Quantium after graduating and spending a semester at top Spanish business school IESE. Since then, the company has grown from 120 to 500 people, with its Melbourne office expanding from just a handful of staff when Gideon joined in 2013 to 60 now – and more to come, he hopes, including some of our current Master of Business Analytics students.

Accompanied by Quantium colleague Pui-Ching Lee, who graduated from MBS with her Master of Business Analytics degree in 2015, Gideon was on campus recently to pitch Quantium as a great place for our Master of Business Analytics students to work or undertake a practicum as part of their studies.

Gideon says his MBS experience really helped him cope with the pace and uncertainty of a fast-growing business.

“I had no idea what I was stepping into. Effectively, my role was to start up Quantium’s Melbourne analytics and insights practice and drive growth. It’s just been an absolute rollercoaster but phenomenally satisfying."

Find more about our part-time MBA program and register for the next information session, where you can meet members of our faculty and graduates like Gideon.

If you’re interested in our Master of Business Analytics degree, visit the program page, where you can watch Pui-Ching and Christelle Young talk about their MBusA experiences.