When the time finally came to resume his education and earn the MBA he had put on the back burner, Oni Chukwu, ’94 MBA, took a leap of faith. “I was apprehensive about UNH,” he recalls. “I was looking for a school where my education would fit with my career in all respects. I wasn’t sure UNH would be it.”
Once he enrolled, Chukwu changed his mind. “I soon realized it was the perfect fit,” he says. “It accommodated my schedule and the classes were filled with students who, like me, were very committed to their careers and brought a lot of experience to the classroom.”
A few years before arriving at UNH, Chukwu had earned his undergraduate degree from the Nigeria Institute of Management and Technology and moved to the United States. Soon after coming to this country, he met his wife, Leslie, and landed a job as the controller with the TowerOne/TowerEast Housing Corporation. It was, he remembers, “a good job for that stage of my career,” and he stayed with the Housing Corporation for five years.
With his MBA in hand, Chukwu began to establish a track record of success turning software and technology companies into gold for their investors. He became chief financial officer with Shelton, Connecticut-based software firm Pinnacle Automation. Two years later, after overseeing its rapid growth, he sold it. Over the next decade, Chukwu held top positions at Eventra, Healthcare Software Synergies, Lexbridge Corporation and KPMG Peat Marwick.
Today, Chukwu is CFO of Triple Point Technology, a leader in commodity management software solutions, with large global customers on six continents. He is responsible for global finance and banking, financial reporting, budgeting and analysis, system administration, human resources, facilities, and all of the company’s other administrative functions worldwide.
Chukwu also is a member of the University’s Board of Governors and serves on other boards. “I’m excited about the direction in which the University is going,” he says, “and I want to use my global connections and unique circumstances to help.”
After all, he is quick to acknowledge the role his UNH education played in his own career success. Coming to the University of New Haven,” he says, “was a wise decision.”