Dan Akerson, former CEO of General Motors Company, will be Executive in Residence at The Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary on January 26th and 27th as part of the Laurie Andrews Executive in Residence Speaker Series. Akerson will lead a discussion on Business, Ethics, and Leadership in the Brinkley Commons of Miller Hall at 2pm on Monday, January 26th. The discussion is open to the campus and alumni community.
Mr. Akerson is Vice Chairman and Special Advisor to Carlyle’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of the firm's Management Committee. He provides operational, investment and management guidance to Carlyle’s investment teams, firm management and the Board of Directors. Prior to returning to Carlyle in March 2014, Mr. Akerson was the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Company. During his tenure, he led the company through a successful IPO in November 2011, guided the firm to record 15 consecutive quarters of profitability, reinvested nearly $9 billion and created or retained more than 25,000 jobs at its U.S. plants. Mr. Akerson retired from GM in January 2014.
Mr. Akerson is a seasoned executive with extensive operating and management experience having served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer or President of several major companies, including The Carlyle Group, General Instrument, MCI, Nextel and XO Communications. Prior to joining GM, he was a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, serving as Head of Global Buyout from July 2009 to August 2010 and as Co-Head of U.S. Buyout from June 2003 to June 2009.
Mr. Akerson earned his B.S., in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and his M.Sc., in economics from the London School of Economics. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Lockheed Martin Company and the United States Naval Academy Foundation
About William & Mary and The Raymond A. Mason School of BusinessOne of the original 8 “Public Ivies,” William & Mary, located in Williamsburg, Virginia, is one of the nation’s premier public universities and believes that excellence in teaching is the key to unlocking intellectual and personal possibilities for students. As the second-oldest college in the United States and educational home to many American leaders, the College is revered as Alma Mater of the Nation. Its Raymond A. Mason School of Business embraces the entrepreneurial spirit that built the country atop a foundation of business, trade, and economics. Its revolutionary approach to business education with its personalized, experiential model invites energetic thinkers with a will to lead in creating a strong sustainable economy and thriving society.