The University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the Darden School Foundation today announced the election of a
new trustee, Kirby Clarke Adams (MBA '79), whose three-year term
began 1 July.
"We are very excited for Kirby to join our board," said Phil
Knisely, outgoing chair of the Darden School Foundation Board of
Trustees. "His extensive international leadership experience in the
metals and mining industries brings a unique background to the
board of trustees, and we look forward to drawing from his
Kirby Adams is currently the deputy chair of Trans-Tasman
Resources Limited (TTR), headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand.
Trans-Tasman Resources Limited is a private New Zealand company
partly owned by USA private equity established in 2007 to explore
and develop the North Island's west coast iron sand deposits.
From 1988 to 1995, Adams was president and CEO of TIMET, the
world's largest producer of titanium metal. In 1995 he relocated to
Melbourne, Australia, to join BHP Billiton, the world's largest
mining company. In 2002, as managing director and CEO, Adams led
the successful IPO and spinout of BHP Steel to become BlueScope
Steel Limited, where he rejuvenated and repositioned Australia's
leading steelmaker into the global leader in steel building
products. More recently he was CEO at Corus Group (Tata Steel
Europe), where he successfully led, motivated, restructured and
turned around Europe's second largest steel company post-global
financial crisis and led the global finance, strategy and safety
functions for Tata Steel, as well as served on its board of
directors in Mumbai, India. He previously served as chair and vice
chair of the World Steel Association and International Iron and
Steel Institute. Other previous board service includes serving as a
board member for the Business Council of Australia, chair of the
Titanium Development Association, and vice president and board
member of the Peak European Steel Industry Association.
"Kirby brings valuable insights to the Darden School Foundation
Board of Trustees," said Bob Bruner, dean of the Darden School of Business. "The board
of trustees and I enthusiastically welcome him, and we look forward
to benefiting from the impacts of his service to Darden."
In addition to his MBA from Darden, Adams holds a B.S. in
engineering from Auburn University. As a United States and
Australian citizen, he currently resides in Incline Village, Nevada
and Melbourne, Australia.
About the University of Virginia Darden School of
The Darden School of Business is one of the world's
leading business schools, offering MBA, Ph.D. and Executive
Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines the case
study method, top-ranked faculty whose research advances global
managerial practice and business education, and a tight-knit
learning environment to develop responsible and complete leaders
who are ready to make an impact.
About the University of Virginia Darden School
The Darden School Foundation is a nonprofit organization that
supports the Darden School by promoting philanthropic support from
alumni, friends and corporations; managing endowment funds for the
School's exclusive benefit; and operating Darden's top-ranked
Executive Education program, the Inn at Darden and Abbott Center
hospitality. Darden's elected board of trustees oversees the
Foundation's strategies and gives time and advice, providing an
important link between the academic and business communities.
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Darden School of Business
University of Virginia
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