Alumni Visit – Jan. 26, 2019

Ziad Lajnef visited the School of Management to talk about his experiences working in the internal audits industry. He graduated from UM-Flint in 2002 with a BBA in Accounting with a Finance concentration. Shortly after, Lajnef went on to complete his MBA in 2003. During his undergrad at UM-Flint, he participated in a study abroad trip to Russia and visited the GM plant in Togliatti and the GM headquarters in Moscow. He is currently the Internal Audit Director for General Motors and oversees annual risk assessment and execution of the audit plan for North and South America. Lajef opened his presentation by giving advice to current students by encouraging them to reach out to their professor for their guidance. Lajnef said “Students at UM-Flint have a unique advantage. At a bigger school, you don’t have as much contact with your professors. Here you have direct access to ask professor about whatever you want. Use them to guide you for what you want to do in the future. Use their experience to your advantage to get the most out of your education.”

In his presentation, The Foundational Pillars for Establishing Trust with Internal Audit Customers, Lajnef elaborated on three principles of internal audits. First was to deeply consider strategies to use. Second principle is to think about the talent and diversity of the team. Lastly focused on the outlook on short-term and long-term for tactical planning and processing. Later in his presentation, Lajnef spoke about the importance of analyzing data and knowing the market you are in. His advice was to, “Become date savvy. The more you’re involved and knowledgeable in the market, the better off you’ll be.”

If you’re interested in learning more about Lajnef’s past experiences as a chef or his journey into the business world, he was featured in the fall 2018 SOM Business Magazine as the alumni spotlight! Click the link and go to page 9 to read more:

If you’re interested in being an alumni speaker or volunteering for our upcoming events, please email Anna Swartz at to find how you can give back to the UM-Flint community!

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Alexis Menard joined the School of Management in the April 2018 as the Web & Social Media Manager. Alexis is a third year Business Administration undergraduate student at University of Michigan-Flint pursuing a double major in OBHRM and Marketing with a minor in Psychology. She completed her first internship through a nonprofit, Michigan HR, in the winter 2018 semester. Besides working at the School of Management, Alexis also held a position on campus as the Human Resources receptionist since December 2016 until September 2018. Her interests include growing and improving skills associated with human resources management, marketing, advertising, social media, and photography. Outside of work and school, she spends her time apprenticing with her Aunt who is a local business owner. From this experience, Alexis aspires to own her own business one day. Alexis' passions are traveling to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for sightseeing and spending time kayaking, hiking, and swimming with friends and family.