Eric Obershaw


Eric Obershaw


VP, Head of Business Information Services Asia


Morgan Stanley Japan Group



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What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS?

B.A. in Japanese and two years teaching English

How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS?

I joined Morgan Stanley soon after SILS graduation as a junior researcher in the Business Information Services group (corporate library).  I progressed to Senior Researcher, Industry Specialist in Technology, Telecommunications and Media, Tokyo Team Manager, Vice President and now Head of Business Information Services for both Japan and Asia.  I also manage the translation services for Asia.

In your current employment, what are your job duties and responsibilities?

The fundamental goal is connecting people and information to create new ideas. I manage the research function that helps with research projects and manage the many vendor contracts and vendor relationships that support this work. I work with internal clients to understand their needs and help them to understand how they use information to help make our services more effective and make their jobs more efficient.

What projects have gotten you most excited and/or what accomplishments have made you the proudest?

Working with information providers and internal clients to provide new solutions that make people's work better or more efficient is always exciting. I do less hands on work now, but coaching my team members to do the same and helping to get them promoted are the most rewarding accomplishments today.

What were some of your best experiences at SILS?

The best experiences were meeting a variety of people from different backgrounds with different goals and interests in learning about information. My courses had many guest speakers from different careers who helped open my eyes to careers I hadn't considered and would not have been exposed to in textbooks alone.

What inspires or motivates you?

Solving problems, making people's jobs easier or more efficient and seeing people grow and evolve as professionals.

Is there any other information you would like to share, or any advice you would like to offer current or future SILS students?

Meet as many people as possible at SILS. Go to any guest lectures you can. Take any opportunity to get to know your colleagues and professors outside of the classroom. Learn about their interests and career journey. It's not about networking but about being exposed to new ways of thinking and new opportunities. The career I ended up in is very different from my expectations before joining SILS and is a direct result of the people I met there.