Mr. Newkirk is an advisor to global corporations on issues of strategy and leadership. He was formerly CEO of Executive Education at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, where he led for the development and delivery of a wide range of open-enrollment and custom programs. During his tenure, Darden was twice ranked the world’s #1 provider of open-enrollment programs and consistently garnered the top rankings for faculty and program design.
He also was formerly a Senior Vice President of Booz & Company, the leading technology and consulting firm. During his time with the firm, he was based in London, where he specialized in strategy and organizational issues for multinational clients. He also served as Director of European Operations, Chairman — Asia, and Global Head, Strategy Practice for the firm. Two times he led teams that won the firm’s Professional Excellence Award, its highest recognition for quality of work, as well as its first Innovation and Involvement Award for community service.
Mr. Newkirk has held a series of senior management positions at American Express, including Vice President, Strategic Planning; General Manager, Hong Kong; and Region Head, Consumer Financial Services Europe.
He has served as non-executive Chairman of ESG RE, a specialty reinsurance company, an advisor on Information, Computing and Telecommunications for the Government of Qatar, an independent Director of the UK Government’s Energy Group Advisory Board.