At Kingston Business School, we award Honorary Doctorates to people who have achieved international academic distinction or held a major leadership role and have made a significant contribution to business life or the field of law either nationally or globally. They are people who we think are the best role models for our current and future students.
2013 Honorary Award
Mike Nigro is senior vice-president/managing director of the UK and Ireland operations for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, responsible for the successful development of the business in these countries. Mike has been fundamental in the growth of Enterprise groups in the US, UK and Ireland through, among other things, the development of key personnel. He now has the ultimate responsibility for the success of more than 390 Enterprise branches in the UK and Ireland, and over 3,700 employees.
Like the majority of the company’s officers, Mike began his career on the Enterprise Management Training Programme. Initially recruited to the San Diego branch in 1984, Mike worked his way up to area manager. In 1995, he was promoted to regional vice-president for the New York City region, where he helped to develop a large number of Enterprise employees, contributing to phenomenal growth within the region during his nine-year tenure. Mike’s success was rewarded with a further promotion to vice-president of Rental for the entire New York Group.
In 2006, Mike moved to the UK and became director for London and the South East. Here he used the experience he gained in New York to develop Enterprise’s largest European group. Under Mike’s leadership, the group won a number of prestigious global Enterprise Rent-A-Car awards for commitment to growth, customer service and employee development.
In 2008, Mike stepped into his latest position, where his goal has been to further grow the UK and Ireland operations while improving the customer-centric ethos that underpins Enterprise.
Under Mike’s stewardship, Enterprise has featured in The Times’ list of Top 50 Employers for Women for eight consecutive years. The company has also achieved a number of awards for its Management Training Programme for graduates, including being named Graduate Employer of the Year at the 2013 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.
Kingston University is pleased to honour Mike Nigro with the award of Doctor of Letters honoris causa in recognition of his outstanding contribution to business and enterprise.