Michael Breault

'15 VSB

Financial Analyst in Financial Leadership Development Program, BAE Systems Inc.

Favorite class at VSB and why?

My favorite class at VSB was Corporate Restructuring with Dr. Olson. This course met at the intersection of corporate finance and investment banking, lending insight into the perspectives and motivations of players on both sides of corporate deal making. Dr. Olson stressed the importance of not simply understanding formulas of corporate valuation, but more importantly, how corporate governance, the influence of multiple stakeholders, and the current environment factor into business decisions in addition to, or sometimes in light of, the story that mechanical financial analysis bears out.

Most important thing you learned?

The most important thing I learned at VSB is how financial theory plays out in corporate policy, and how decision making is heavily influenced by what companies incentivize and how human beings think and act. Finance and Accounting are more creative disciplines than they are sometimes given credit for.

Favorite Villanova memory?

My favorite Villanova memory is the collection of the many nights spent studying in friends’ rooms, taking a break to watch a show, walking for a late-night meal, and building lasting friendships.

What are you currently reading?

I follow the news religiously. For fun, I recently started the first novel of Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.

Where to find Michael