Darden Engages with Key Stakeholders Across Asia on the New Story of Business
(Photo above: Paul Hamaguchi (third from left; MBA ’70), Darden’s first graduate from Japan, hosted the group for dinner in Tokyo with Takahisa Koitabashi (MBA ’93), partner and COO at Phronesis Partners, and Seiji Kiyohara (MBA ’89), regional president-Japan at American Express International.)
In September and October, Ed Freeman, Elis and Signe Olsson professor of business administration and academic director of the Institute for Business in Society, Marc Johnson (EMBA ’13), senior executive director for global affairs and enterprise initiatives, and Kara Mullins, vice president for advancement, traveled across Asia engaging with Darden alumni and prospective students, connecting with corporate partners and meeting with local executives. These events took the form of admissions and alumni receptions, a lunch with local finance and investment leaders hosted by Joaquin Rodriguez Torres (MBA ’01), several private dinners and public thought leadership events, among others. Freeman, a global expert in stakeholder theory and business ethics, spoke in several venues about his groundbreaking work on creating purpose-driven organizations and the new story of business for the 21st Century. Freeman engaged with senior executives at the Ayala Group in the Philippines, the Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy in Hong Kong, and Darden and UVA alumni. In addition, the Darden representatives hosted receptions for prospective students considering the Darden MBA, highlighting the Darden Indonesia Fellowship and Philippines scholarship in those countries.