Kelly Bean

  • President and CEO, Darden Executive Education and Non-degree Programs

    Kelly BeanKelly Bean joined Darden in February 2017 as president and CEO of Darden Executive Education, ranked the No. 1 in the world among executive education open-enrollment programs in six categories by Financial Times, and the School’s non-degree programs. In her role, Bean leads Executive Education’s effort to inspire and develop executive leaders at all stages of their careers, whether it be through certificate, custom, open-enrollment or online programs delivered in Charlottesville; Washington, D.C.; or around the world. She elevates Darden’s efforts to partner with organizations to help them achieve world-class performance and to drive growth and innovation.

    Bean joined Darden from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she served as associate dean of executive education. In her previous position, Bean successfully positioned Anderson as a leader in the field, significantly increasing the number of custom clients and developing strong and enduring relationships with client companies and partner institutions.

    Bean has also been a leader in curriculum innovation with faculty, working with school clients to deliver business solutions. Bean is also the past chair of the board of UNICON, a global consortium of executive education organizations, and previously served on the board of ASCENT, an organization focused on leadership development of multicultural women.

    Bean completed her bachelor’s degree in business administration in marketing and her master’s degree in human resources from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.