• Anthony Hobson

  • Anthony Hobson (MBA ’74) is currently chair of the James Dyson Group Limited, an international business founded by entrepreneur Sir James Dyson. He has also served as an independent director of 15 quoted and private equity companies in a range of industries over the past two decades,

    From 1986 to 2001, Hobson was the CFO of Legal & General Group Plc, an international asset manager and insurance group headquartered in London. Subsequently, he became chair of Northern Foods Plc, a food manufacturer in the United Kingdom. In 2007, he became chair of the Sage Group, a British international software enterprise.Hobson

    Hobson, who is a member of Darden’s Global Advisory Council, also serves as a member of Treasury and Asset Management Risk Control at the University of Virginia, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Hobson and his wife, Ingrid, have two children: Nicolas, who graduated from Princeton in 2004, and Virginia, who graduated from Georgetown in 2008. 

    What were your early years like?

    My father died when I was 7 years old and my sister was 3. We had a wonderful mother who sacrificed everything to give us the best upbringing and education. It is always a challenge when you are one heartbeat away from the orphanage.

    What were some early leadership lessons you learned?

    Always surround yourself with the best people with strong ethics.

    How would you define your leadership style?

    Collegiate

    Describe the current state of the industry you’re in and how you see it evolving in the future, particularly with respect to technology and innovation.

    Dyson is constantly recreating itself and the markets it inhabits. We are solving the problems others ignore. We are very confident in our future, but we’re never complacent.

    What do you consider your greatest achievement? 

    Setting my children on the path to a successful and happy life.

    What’s your motto?  

    Res non verba. Deeds not words.

    What are your hobbies? 

    Cricket, tennis, chess, books and gardening.

    Where do you do your best thinking?

    In the garden.

    What did you learn at Darden that has helped you in your career?

    There are no bad staff. Only bad managers.

    What’s next for you? 

    Taking Dyson to its next stage of growth and success.