Kelly Bean

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

    Kelly Bean 2018Kelly 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 for faculty and course design by Financial Times, and the School’s non-degree programs. In her role, Bean leads Executive Education’s effort to inspire and develop leaders at all stages of their careers, whether it be through custom, open or online programs delivered in Charlottesville; Washington, D.C.; or around the world. She elevates Darden’s efforts to partner with individuals and organizations to help them anticipate tomorrow’s business opportunities while dealing with the challenges of today.

    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.