David Kelso, Managing Director of Kelso Advisory Services, Appointed to Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees

17 Nov 2015
  • The University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the Darden School Foundation today announced the election of a new trustee, David Kelso (MBA ’82), who will serve a three-year term.

    “David brings an important perspective as a new trustee,” said Jim Cooper, chair of the Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees. “He adds a valuable voice of experience to the Board of Trustees and we are excited to work in partnership with him.”

    David Kelso is the managing director of Kelso Advisory Services, a management consultant in the areas of financial expertise, strategy and corporate governance to hedge funds and private equity clients. Prior to starting Kelso Advisory Services, Kelso was chairman of Aetna Life Insurance Co. and served in the office of the chairman as executive vice president for strategy and finance at Aetna Inc. From 1996 until 2001, he helped lead The Chubb Corp. as CFO, executive vice president and managing director. Kelso started his career with Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase) and spent 10 years with the MAC Group (now Gemini Consulting).

    Kelso is lead director of Sound Shore Fund, EXL Services and Round Hill Development Corporation. He is a trustee emeritus of Connecticut College in New London and has served on the boards of Philips Educational Partners; Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia; Assurant Inc.; and Aspen Holdings.

    Kelso received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1974 and his MBA from the Darden School. Married with three children, Kelso resides in New Orleans.

    “David’s broad management and board experience are key strengths and we look forward to his insights as a trustee,” said Scott Beardsley, dean of Darden and Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration.

    About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

    The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world's best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. Darden's top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    About the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

    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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