Darden Center for Global Initiatives

Global Advisory Council

The Dean’s Global Advisory Council is composed of Darden alumni who are senior executives with significant international experience representing globally strategic regions around the world. The mission of the Global Advisory Council is to help Darden deliver on the following goals: to build a critical mass of leaders, executives and managers within established, growing and emerging economies; to strengthen Darden’s influence on business and society worldwide; and to grow the recognition of the Darden brand in key regions of the world.

Short bios of all of the members of the Global Advisory Council are included below:

Global Advisory Council

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Edward Casey (MBA '84)

Ed Casey is acting group CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Serco Group plc, an $8 billion services company, traded on the London Stock Exchange and operating in over 30 countries with over 120,000 employees. Ed was appointed to the group CEO role in October 2013 from his position as chairman and CEO of Serco, Inc., a leading provider of professional, technology, and management services to government and commercial customers in the U.S. and Canada.

Ed has over 30 years of experience as a growth-oriented business executive, financier, and entrepreneur. Beginning his career in investment banking, he specialized in merger and acquisition transactions at The Blackstone Group and was a managing director at IBS Warburg LLC, where he provided investment banking services to large capitalization companies. As an executive, Ed was a leader in shaping the deregulated energy industry, where he launched one of the utility industry's first fully competitive power project development and marketing businesses and secured the first federal approval of a utility-affiliated marketing operation. Ed earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and his MBA from Darden.


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James Chapman (MBA '00)

Jim Chapman has over 20 years of experience in international corporate finance and M&A, primarily focused on the power and energy industry, including in recent roles as managing director, head of Asia Pacific Power & Utilities Investment Banking at Barclays and similar roles at Barclays and at predecessor firm Lehman Brothers. His transaction experience includes some $40+ billion of M&A, debt and equity underwriting transactions in the United States, China, India, Malaysia, Australia, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, and other markets. He holds a B.A. in history and political science from Auburn University and an MBA from Darden. Following over 8 years in Asia, 5 in New York and 5 in Russia, Jim recently relocated to his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia with his (former Darden learning team member!) wife and three children. He currently is managing director of Corporate Finance and M&A at Dominion Resources, an approximately $60 billion EV power and energy firm based in Richmond, Virginia. 


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Halsey Cook Jr. (MBA '91)

Halsey Cook is president of the Electrical Wiring Systems Division of Legrand in North America. He is based in West Hartford, Connecticut and is responsible for all P&L activities and the leadership teams for the Cablofil, Pass & Seymour, Wiremold, Nuvo and OnQ brands, as well as EWS functional leadership in sales, operations, strategic sourcing, finance, strategic marketing, IT, and human resources. He is responsible for six manufacturing locations in China, Mexico and the United States. Legrand is a publically traded French company and a worldwide leader in electrical and data communication infrastructure products for home and business applications.


Prior to joining Legrand, Halsey spent sixteen years with Carrier, a division of United Technologies Corporation. At Carrier, Halsey was president of Carrier’s Residential and Light Commercial Systems. During his tenure with Carrier, Halsey has held numerous general management and marketing positions in the United States and spent ten years in the European and Middle East organization holding roles in sales, marketing and general management in France, Italy and the UK. Halsey is a graduate of the University of The South where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics and English cum laude and of Darden where he received his MBA. He serves as a trustee of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut.

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VN  Dalmia (MBA '84)

Vidyanidhi "VN" Dalmia is Chairman of Dalmia Continental Pvt. Ltd. (DCPL) in New Delhi, India.  DCPL, VN’s flagship company, owns Leonardo Olive Oil and Hudson Canola Oil, both market leaders in their categories, and pioneered the use of olive oil for Indian cuisine.  DCPL forms part of the Dalmia Group of companies founded by VN’s father, the industrialist Ramkrishna Dalmia, in the early 1930s as the Dalmia-Jain Group. VN is also Chairman of Sunshine Tourism Services Private Limited (STSPL).  Previously, he was Commercial Director of Dalmia Biscuits Pvt. Ltd., and Executive Director of Dalmia Dadri Cement Limited.

VN is a Knight Commander of Italy, having been awarded the ‘Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity’ in recognition of his contribution to the development of friendly relations. He is president of the Indian Olive Association and executive vice president of the Babu Jagjivan Ram National Foundation, an autonomous organization of the government of India dedicated to the upliftment of backward castes or “untouchables” of India. VN was president of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (NIC).  He has a degree in economics from the University of Delhi’s Shri Ram College of Commerce.  VN has a daughter, Himani, and a son, Pranav.

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Louis Elson (MBA '90)

Louis Elson is Managing Partner of Palamon Capital Partners, a private equity firm he co-founded in 1999.  He has been active in European private equity for almost two decades, previously as a London-based partner of Warburg Pincus.  Louis attended Phillips Academy Andover and Eton College, and he received a BA with Honors from Harvard University.  He serves as a Charter Trustee of Phillips Academy Andover, and was previously a member of the Harvard University Task Force on Academic Resources. 

In London, he is Chairman of Impetus Trust, Great Britain’s pioneering venture philanthropy organisation. He serves on the Development Board of The Prince’s Trust, the Development Board of the British Film Institute and is a Trustee of The Voices Foundation and The Education Endowment Foundation. He is also a member of the Mid-Market Committee and the Research Advisory Board of the British Venture Capital Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Leslie E. Grayson

Leslie E. Grayson co-chairs Darden's Global Advisory Council and is the Isidore Horween Emeritus Research Professor of International Management. He joined Darden in 1971 and retired in 2003. In 2002, the University established the Leslie E. Grayson Professorship. From 1971 to 1993 he was in charge of most of the global portfolios at Darden. 

Long term overseas assignments  – all on leave from Darden – include: Indonesian Institute of Management Development, Jakarta; International Institute of Applied System Analysis, Vienna; Fulbright Senior Research Award, Tokyo; Templeton College, Oxford University, Oxford; INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. Prior to joining Darden, he was Harvard’s Kennedy School Advisor to the Government of Ghana for two years, Accra, and was also at Cambridge for two years of research/teaching. From 1955 to 1967, he was with Caltex, (Chevron’s overseas affiliate), New York, Planning Department, (1964-67, Chief Economist).

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Peabody Hutton (MBA/JD '75)

Peabody is the General Counsel of Ajia Partners and oversees all Ajia Partners legal affairs, including the structuring and documentation of funds and their transactions, legal due diligence, compliance, and documentation of the firm’s internal legal matters, as well as its relationships with shareholders and joint-venture partners. He has over 33 years of Asian regional cross-border funds, private equity, capital markets and corporate law experience.  Peabody was previously the Principal of Hutton & Co., a Hong Kong-based law firm specializing in advising fund management groups, and prior to that a Partner of the international law firm of Bryan Cave.  From 1979 through 1994, he practiced at Coudert Brothers in its New York and Hong Kong offices, primarily in the areas of international banking and investment funds.  Peabody received his JD, MBA, MA and BA with Honors from the University of Virginia.  He is admitted as an attorney in New York and as a solicitor in Hong Kong. 
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Rosemary King (MBA '91)

Ro King has more than 20 years of experience in marketing using big data, initially in financial services as senior vice president with Signet/First Union/Wells Fargo and later, across a broad range of industries as a consultant. After selling Quaero in 2009, Ro continues to write about issues in Customer Relationship Management and teaches seminars with Global Customer Experience Management. Ro is the former chairman of the Indonesian Heritage Society. As an advisor to SOKOLA and former board member of the Sampoerna Foundation, she supports educational initiatives in remote areas of Indonesia. She currently serves on the board of the Menokin Foundation in Virginia and is a member of First Generation Harvard Alumni.

While living and working in Indonesia, China, Portugal and Switzerland, Ro has edited more than a dozen books, written numerous articles about vanishing ethnic groups, and produced photography exhibitions on Balinese and Papuan rituals. She holds an AB in history from Harvard University, an MBA from the Darden School of Business, and is currently working toward her Diplôme de Sommellerie en vin and Diplôme de Juré Expert at L’Ecole d’Ingénieurs de Changins, Switzerland.

GAC Richard Loh

Richard Loh (MBA '96)

Mr. Richard Loh is the Founder and CEO of The Ploh Group Pte. Ltd. (2002-present) – a Singapore based luxury goods business and brand specializing in premium down pillows and bedding for the global luxury hospitality and retail sectors. (www.ploh.com). A niche player in the luxury bedding field, Ploh has become the bedding brand of choice for many top luxury hospitality operators including Mandarin Oriental, St. Regis, Taj Luxury, Amanresorts and more.

As a former Principal with A.T. Kearney’s Southeast Asia regional office in Singapore (1995-2002), Mr. Loh also brings over 20 years of business and consulting experience, both in Southeast Asia and the United States. Mr. Loh’s  focus within A.T. Kearney’s Financial Institutions Group centered on Business Process Reengineering, Post Merger Integration, and Back Office Centralization. In addition, he led, and worked on, a variety of projects spanning Corporate Restructuring, Strategic Sourcing, and Organizational Redesign.

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Elie Maalouf (MBA '89)

Elie Maaloufis currently a senior advisor for McKinsey & Company. He is the former president and CEO of HMSHost Corporation, a near $3 billion global food, beverage and retail company with 34,000 employees operating across 14 countries. He joined the company in 1997, and he served as CEO from 2005 until the end of 2011 and on its board of directors until 2012. Earlier in his career, from 1989 to 1997, Elie was with Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, a $2 billion real estate subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Company. Elie is currently a senior advisor with McKinsey & Co. and serves on the board of directors of Driven Brands, Inc. Elie resides in McLean, Virginia, with his wife and their three sons.

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Jerry Peng (MBA '03)

Mr. Jerry Peng is the chief executive officer of Four Seas Capital Management. The firm provides corporate advisory services to Chinese entrepreneurs and manages private equity investment into clean technology, TMT and high-end manufacturing.

Mr. Peng served previously as managing director with Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, based in Hong Kong, with a focus on the origination of financing and derivatives business in the Investment Banking Division (IBD) in China. Before joining IBD, he managed Corporate Sales for the Securities Division in China. Prior to this, Mr. Peng was executive director and head of China Onshore Sales for the Fixed Income Division of Morgan Stanley. He also served as the chief representative of the Beijing Representative Office of Morgan Stanley Bank International. Earlier in his career, Mr. Peng was a senior vice president and director at Standard Chartered, as well as head of franchise corporate banking in China.

Mr. Peng is the co-president of the China Alumni Association of the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and serves as vice chairman of the dean's Global Advisory Council. He is also president of the University of Virginia's alumni club in Beijing, China. He earned a BE in Finance from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an MBA from Darden in 2003.

GAC Anton Periquet

Anton Periquet (MBA '90)

Anton Periquet (MBA '90) is the chairman of Pacific Main Holdings and the Campden Hill Group, private investment holding companies.  He sits as a director on the boards of various publicly listed and privately held companies, including Ayala Corporation, the Bank of the Philippine Islands, DMCI Holdings, the Philippine Seven Corporation, and the Straits Wine Company, Inc.  He also serves on the Board of Advisers of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and is a trustee of Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Previously, he worked in Hong Kong, Singapore and London, where he was Managing Director at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell & Co.  In Manila, he co-founded Deutsche Regis Partners, where he was Chairman and Managing Director for Equities Research from 1999 to 2010.  He has received awards locally and abroad for his work as a securities analyst and country strategist.

Anton holds an AB Economics degree from the Ateneo de Manila University, an MSc in Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from the University of Virginia.

GAC Scott Price

Scott Price (MBA/MA '90)

Scott Price assumed his role as president and CEO for Walmart Asia on October 15, 2009. He has responsibility for the company’s current operations in Asia, including China, Japan and India, as well as business development in Asia. Walmart has a significant presence in Asia with more than 100,000 associates and 654 units.

Scott most recently served as chief executive officer of DHL Express Europe. Prior to that, he was chief executive officer, DHL Express Asia Pacific. He also was the president of DHL Express Japan, DHL's largest market in the Asia Pacific region. Before joining DHL, Price spent a decade with the Coca-Cola Co. During that period, he assumed various roles which included country leader in Japan, and as director and country manager in China. 

A U.S. native, Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of North Carolina. He also holds a Master of Arts in Asian studies from the University of Virginia. 

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Vincent Rague (MBA '84)

Mr. Vincent Rague is currently Senior Financial Advisor to the Treasury and Adjunct Professor at Kenyatta University.  He also sits on the Boards of three private equity funds that are focused on the development of the private sector and infrastructure in Africa: Catalyst Principal Partners; the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (PAIDF); and GuarantCo (an infrastructure guarantee fund).  Mr. Rague has more than 24 years of experience at the IFC and World Bank spanning investments, project and corporate finance and banking in Africa, Europe and Asia. He was previously the Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Property Finance at the IFC and served in a variety of senior management positions, including: Senior Manager, Financial Markets and Advisory Services for Southeast Europe and Central Asia based in Turkey; Manager in the SME and Advisory Services Department based in Washington DC; and was IFC’s first Regional Representative to South Africa.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Rague worked at the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Kenya.  He has also served on the Boards of several companies, including ABN-AMRO in Kazakhstan, UzBek Leasing, in Tashkent, and Kyrgyz Investment and Commercial Bank.  He holds a BA (Hons) from Nairobi University and has attended a number of executive programs, including executive development program from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA; and IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. 

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Fiona Roche (MBA '84)

Fiona Roche was appointed Managing Director of Estates Development Company in 1993 and became Managing Director of Adelaide Development Company in 1994. Both companies are involved in property development, property investments and agribusinesses (including a significant vineyard that is considered by some to be in the top ten vineyards in Australia).

Fiona was Associate Director (Structured and Project Financing) with Capel Court Investment Bank from 1985-1991, Manager at Arthur Andersen from 1984-1985, and Associate Partner and Solicitor (Adelaide) with Fisher Jefferies and Co. from 1978-1982.

She has also been active on several boards, including: Landcorp (2004-2008), the Economic Development Board of South Australia (2002-2007), Corporations and Securities Takeovers Panel (1999-2003). As Non Executive Director of Commonwealth Funds Management Limited from 1993-1998, Fiona was responsible for the funds management of the superannuation funds (seven billion dollars) of the Commonwealth Government employees. As a council member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (similar to the Urban Land Institute in the U.S.), Fiona represented the interests of those working in the residential development industry in Australia, including developers, engineers, and town planners.

GAC Henry Skelsey

Henry Skelsey (MBA '84)

Henry Skelsey is a Co- Founder and a Managing Partner of PRC Venture Partners LLC. , and has spent over 25 years in the private equity industry.  PRC Venture Partners focuses on the technology, communication and media sectors within the People’s Republic of China by partnering with leading Chinese businesses to expand and grow their domestic operations.  From 1988-1998, Henry was Managing Director at AEA Investors, Inc. in New York City;  one of the nation’s oldest private equity firms, whose investors include some of the world’s leading industrial families and CEOs of some of the world’s largest corporations.  From 1984-1988, he was Vice President  and one of the original members in the Private Equity Group at Lehman Brothers in New York City.

He serves on a number of private and public company boards and has held various executive operating positions in public and private portfolio companies.  Henry served as a Trustee and Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut and as a Trustee of De LaSalle Academy in New York City.  He has a B.S. in Business Administration from George Mason University.  Henry and his wife, Susan, reside in Rye, New York.

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Erik Slingerland (MBA '84)

Erik has more than 20 years of experience with Egon Zehnder International. During that period he has worked in the firm’s Zurich and Geneva offices and established the Egon Zehnder offices in Budapest, Prague and Bratislava. He has vast consulting experience in the industry, financial & professional services and consumer goods sectors. 

Erik is the global coordinating partner of the NGOs, Charities & Foundations Segment within the Government & Nonprofit Practice. His recent clients have included The GAVI Alliance, GAIN, The Global Fund, International Baccalaureate Organisation, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the World Economic Forum, and the World Organization for the Scout Movement.

Previous experience includes: Head of Divisional Finance & Administration (Ciba-Geigy Group) São Paulo, Brasil; Divisional Controller (Ciba-Geigy) Basle; and Project Consultant (Ciba-Geigy) Maastricht, Netherlands. He received his MBA at Darden and his PhD and Law degree at Zurich University.

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Ichiro Suzuki (MBA '84)

Ichiro Suzuki is senior portfolio manager at Nomura Asset Management and has been with Nomura since 1986. He has 25 years of experience in equity investments in North America, Europe, Asia/Pacific and emerging markets for institutional and retail clients on a global base. For two years after graduating from Darden, and prior to joining Nomura, Suzuki was a credit analyst for Chase Manhattan Bank. He also served as an assistant brand manager with Proctor & Gamble for two years prior to his Darden experience.

GAC George Tahija

George Tahija (MBA '86)

Mr. George S. Tahija is the President Director of PT. Austindo Nusantara Jaya (ANJ) and Chief Executive of the Austindo Group.  ANJ, an Indonesian holding company wholly owned by the Tahija family, has investments in natural resources including food and energy, and in the financial and medical services sectors. In a national and global environment that continually faces new challenges, Mr. Tahija enjoys leading and developing the Group’s culture, values, governance, businesses and social responsibility commitments.

Mr. Tahija is Chairman of the Plenary Committee of the Trisakti University Foundation and a founding member of PSKD Mandiri School, Jakarta. He is a member of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Indonesia Chapter Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees of the Asia Business Council (ABC), Global Executive MBA Advisory Board, the Darden School, University of Virginia, and the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Indonesia Chapter.

Author of A Walk in the Clouds (2005), and photographer for Land of Water ,Vol. I ,From Bali to Komodo (2006), in the past five years Mr. Tahija has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Carstensz Pyramid, Indonesia and Mt. Elbrus, Russia.

Mr. Tahija holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Trisakti University, Indonesia, and an M.B.A from the Darden School, University of Virginia, USA.

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Jimmy Wei (MBA '02)

Jimmy Wei joined KPCB China as a venture partner in April 2012. His primary interests are building new companies in China in the area of life sciences. Prior to join KPCB, Jimmy was the senior vice president and head of business development at Hutchison MediPharma, and he led the effort to set up multiple partnerships with U.S. and European pharmaceutical companies. Before joining Hutchison in 2007, Jimmy was the deputy general manager of Burrill China Group, where he managed Burrill’s business activities related to the Greater China region. Prior to Burrill, Jimmywas the vice president for WI Harper Group where he oversaw the firm’s life sciences investment. He also worked for the McKinsey & Company in the Shanghai office as a management consultant. Prior to his business career, Jimmy conducted R&D for several leading research organizations, including Duke University Medical Center and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Jimmy received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from North Carolina State University. He also received his MBA from Darden and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Wuhan University.

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Baocheng Yang (MBA '04)

Dr. Baocheng Yang is currently working as provost and CFO with HHSTC, China’s first private university certified by China government. Baocheng went to college at age 14 and graduated from Peking University with a MS in chemistry. He continued his study in the United States and earned Ph.D in Polymer Science at University of Connecticut. After working in pharmaceutical industry for a few years, Baocheng chose to pursue his MBA at the Darden School. Upon graduation from Darden, he joined a startup hedge fund and soon became the core research leader of the company. In 2007, Baocheng returned to China and started his new career, assisting his mother, HHSTC’s current chairwoman of the board and previous president, to manage this family-built, one of China’s best and biggest private universities (25,000+ on-campus undergraduates and nearly 1800 faculty members).      

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