Powerful Partnership

Jacob Levinson ’09 and Claudia Ogrezeanu ’16

It’s orientation for the Class of 2016. This is Claudia Ogrezeanu’s first day on campus, and her first day in the U.S. “I can’t wait to start my courses and meet the students and professors,” she says.

Ogrezeanu was selected out of 200 students as the first recipient of the Kronospan Babson Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship for students from Central and Eastern Europe. The scholarship was established by the Kronospan Foundation, the social service and community outreach arm of Kronospan, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wood-based panel products. More than 60 percent of the company’s operations are in Central and Eastern Europe.

Jacob Levinson ’09, responsible for sales at Kronospan’s laminate-flooring plant in China, is at Babson to welcome Ogrezeanu to campus. He is thrilled that his company has partnered with the College on this unique scholarship.

“Babson laid the foundation for who I am as an entrepreneur, and Kronospan expanded my idea of what it means to be an entrepreneur,” he says. For example, he recently was tasked with restructuring Kronospan’s Chinese plant, which included dramatic changes to management, product mix, and supply chain, all while the business remained active, an unbelievably tricky challenge for which he says Babson prepared him well.

“Babson gave me tools I use every day to carry out my role at Kronospan,” he says. “By partnering with the College, I hope we’ll develop a strong community of future entrepreneurs who will help develop the company in its second century of operations.”