EY Darden Executive Programme - New Zealand

  • EY Darden Program
  • Led in partnership with EY in New Zealand, this program challenges you to push your limits in leadership and management. It will equip you to perform more effectively in your current role, and broaden your perspective to prepare for future challenges by shifting your thinking and approaches to work and life issues.

  • At a Glance

    Learn alongside a peer group collectively solving real-life business issues. Small group work is reinforced by individual readings and dynamic classroom sessions in a campus environment. Participants learn new techniques, concepts and theories that will help them manage their current role more effectively, while the total experience prepares the executive for broader responsibilities in the future. Networking and learning alongside some of New Zealand's emerging and current leaders is then sustained by joining an active lifelong alumni group of top executives.


    Specific objectives which should be achieved by participants include:

    • Improving understanding of the global and New Zealand environment and the commercial impact.
    • Improving understanding of the way in which leaders of private and public organizations manage their businesses.
    • Gaining new concepts, techniques and knowledge to enhance performance.
    • Sharpening analytical and decision-making skills; improving communication skills at board and executive management level.
    • Building capabilities and confidence for the customer servicing and leadership opportunities during the next decade.
    • Sharing the ideas and experiences of a diverse group of executives.

    A once in a lifetime experience to do a micro-MBA in New Zealand, facilitated by absolutely world class teachers and share the collective wisdoms of 50-odd of New Zealand’s best and brightest young leaders. Not to be missed!

    Andrew Blakey, General Manager, Navman Technology NZ


    The program comprises four major topics:

    Strategy, Leadership, Change

    • Strategic thinking
    • Building competitive advantage
    • Industry analysis
    • Forecasting environmental trends
    • Strategy identification and evaluation
    • Creating and sustaining the high performance organization
    • Building strategic capabilities
    • Service excellence
    • Supplier relationships


    • Leading strategic change
    • Principle-centered leadership
    • Strategic implementation

    Global Political Economy

    • International and New Zealand trends
    • Global economy
    • National and industry competitive advantage
    • International competitiveness
    • Global strategy and leadership
    • Corporate culture as a source of competitive advantage
    • Global competition and strategic intent


    • Entrepreneurial thinking and mind-set
    • What makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial?
    • Entrepreneurship and firm growth
    • Entrepreneurship and regional development
    • Leading entrepreneurially
    • Entrepreneurship and change

    Special Features
    Participants will also particularly benefit from:

    • Actual business situations set forth in carefully prepared studies
    • Specific New Zealand case studies and presentations
    • Total faculty commitment, an integral part of the Darden faculty philosophy


    The program is designed for outstanding individuals who demonstrate a keen interest in self-development and possess a strong desire to assume positions of higher responsibility. Participants should have:

    • Attained, or be about to attain, a position as general manager or functional division head, involved with general management issues.
    • Demonstrated significant managerial achievement and potential for further development.
    • Endorsement from senior management within their organization to attend the program.
    • EY reserves the right to approve applications after taking into consideration the criteria above and the need to balance participation from all sectors of the economy.
    • Enrollment is limited to 54 participants.


    Alec Horniman

    Killgallon Ohio Art Professor of Business Administration, Senior Fellow, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics
    His current teaching and research interests are in the areas of strategy, leadership and change, high performance business and the moral and ethical issues in leadership. Prior to joining Darden, Alec worked in the Military and in the aerospace industry. He has also served as a special consultant to the Secretary of Defence. Alec has a long-standing relationship with New Zealand business and Government organisations. He is passionate about leading for high performance and positively challenges the status quo.

    Martin N. Davidson

    Senior Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration
    Davidson teaches, conducts research, and consults with global leaders to help them use diversity strategically to drive high performance. His research on the impact of culture and ethnicity on career development and on conflict management appears in top academic and practitioner publications including Administrative Science QuarterlyHarvard Business ReviewResearch on Negotiation in OrganizationsJournal of PersonalityReview of Educational Research, and the  International Journal of Conflict Management. He has also conducted research on four continents identifying the critical competencies for managing effectively across national boundaries.

    Professor Sankaran Venkataraman

    Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, MasterCard Professor of Business Administration
    Teaches, researches and consults in the areas of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics. In 2008, the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management recognised his research as foundational to the field. Prior to joining the Darden team he was part of a group that created and developed a highly successful new business venture with Fortune 500 companies as well as with several small companies. His experiences and entrepreneurial background are very relevant to the New Zealand environment.

    Francis E. Warnock

    James C. Wheat, Jr. Professor of Business Administration
    Warnock is an expert on international capital flows, international portfolio allocation and financial sector development. His work has been featured in the  Financial Times, the EconomistBarron's, the  Wall Street Journal and the  New York Times, and his publications have appeared in a number of journals. Before coming to Darden in 2004, Warnock developed his expertise in international capital flows as a senior economist in the international finance division at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System while also teaching at Georgetown University. Warnock's international experience includes, among other things, two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi's Thyolo District.

    Location & Accommodations

    This program is held at Tongariro Lodge in Taupo, New Zealand. All participants will have lodging and meals at the resort. 

    Participants are required to arrive in Taupo by 2pm on Sunday, 4 March (full directions included in pre-course information pack). Program concludes Friday, 16 March and participants should plan to depart that afternoon.

    Tuition & Certificates

    NZD 20,000 (plus GST) covers tuition, course materials, accommodations and meals at Tongariro Lodge.

    Participants graduate with a joint Darden Executive Education and EY qualification, which will count towards Darden's Certificate in Management.

    Contact Us

    For more information or to apply to the program, please contact one of the EY or Darden team members below:

    Joanna Doolan -   joanna.doolan@nz.ey.com
    Nicola Barrett - barrettn@darden.virginia.edu