From China with Love
Just two weeks after earning his degree in economics, he was hired by the health insurance giant Cigna. Upon completing his training in Delaware and Houston, Hidell launched his career as a sales manager in Chicago, where he expected to stay for five years. Instead, one year later, he transferred to Dallas, where he was the first full-time sales rep in that market. In August 2011 he was offered an expatriate assignment in Shanghai, and now has recently relocated to Hong Kong to direct sales and client management for Cigna Global Health Benefits.
“I love the food, the travel, the culture and the unique challenges that I wouldn’t face anywhere else—both personally and professionally,” says Hidell. “There’s a really good chance that I wouldn’t be able to do half of what I’m doing now if I were older, so this is really something special. And to have Jessica, my girlfriend, here to experience all this with me only makes everything that much more enjoyable.”
This is not Hidell’s first experience abroad: he spent his junior year as a Hansard Scholar. “That was the most memorable semester of my college experience, as I was able to travel throughout Europe—Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Edinburgh, Barcelona—while taking classes at the London School of Economics and interning at the House of Parliament.”
His global perspective and his leadership skills have served him well on the job.
“I have to credit the men’s lacrosse program for helping me cultivate my leadership skills,” he says. “The commitments and sacrifices I made to be up early for 6 a.m. workouts, only to have to stay up late studying, have carried over into my professional career. Work intelligently and diligently, and success will follow.”