French has 11 years of marketing experience, focusing on branding, strategic execution, and product management. She was an award-winning pharmaceutical sales representative at Sanofi Aventis in Los Angeles, where she lived for 17 years, and in Roanoke, where she relocated in 2009. She was formerly a corporate trainer at May Company Department Stores in Los Angeles, where she trained 300 merchandise buyers and staff on information technology interfaces, and an account manager at Advance Business Systems, also in Los Angeles.
A Pamplin alumna, French earned a bachelor’s degree, with a double major in management and marketing, in 1988 and an MBA in 1992.
In her new position, she will focus on developing relationships with employers and assist MBA students with job placement.
Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. The college emphasizes the development of leadership, technology, multicultural, and international business knowledge and skills and is committed to serving business and society through the expertise of its faculty, alumni, and students. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired CEO of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.