Chai Balla

Chai Balla

Class of 2020

A passion for innovation and problem solving led me to a fulfilling career in Product Strategy and Engineering in the automotive industry. I started as a Design Engineer at Nissan and consequently at Ford, where I got a chance to lead and train global teams throughout the product development process. Driven by curiosity to learn about the more upstream business processes, I transitioned to a Product Strategy role at Ford, where I worked with Marketing, Finance and Engineering teams to layout the vision and implementation plan for various white space vehicles. I decided to pursue my MBA in order to enhance my business acumen and skill set as a critical next step to my career. Michigan Ross was a clear winner for me due to its diverse student body and world class faculty. My journey towards leadership has been extremely rewarding as I got a chance to learn and apply business concepts, while investing time in my personal growth. Since starting at Ross, I have been amazed by the quality, humility, and helpfulness of my classmates. I am happy to speak with prospective students about balancing work, family and school, career search, and the collaborative Ross culture.


Undergraduate Education

Osmania University

Graduate Education

State University of New York

Areas of Interest

Ambassador Type
Undergraduate Major
Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Major
Mechanical Engineering
Prior Industry
Automotive, Technology