2016 Fall Forum Participant Bios


Ian R. Carter

President, Global Development, Architecture, Design & Construction, Hilton Worldwide

Ian Carter is President, Global Development, Architecture, Design & Construction for Hilton Worldwide. Mr. Carter was Chief Executive Officer of Hilton International prior to its reacquisition by the company in 2006.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Carter served as Officer and President of Black & Decker Corporation, Middle East, Africa and Asia. In this role, he was responsible for all operations outside of the Americas. Prior to Black & Decker, Mr. Carter spent more than a decade with General Electric Plastics, ultimately serving as President of General Electric Specialty Chemical.

Mr. Carter serves on multiple boards and organizations, including:

  • Visit Florida – Member of the Board of Directors for the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, which serves as a key resource for travel planning to visitors across the globe.
  • Boston University School of Hospitality Administration – Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors.
  • Board of Burberry Group plc – Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration and Compensation Committee of the FTSE 100 British luxury fashion house, which manufactures clothing, fragrance, and fashion accessories.
  • Del Frisco Restaurant Group (DFRG) – Chairman of the Board. DFRG owns and operates three contemporary, high-end, complementary restaurant concepts.
  • Dame Maureen Thomas Foundation for Young People – President of this charitable trust that raises funds to support young people in the areas of health and education across Europe.

Mr. Carter is a graduate of the University of West London, School of Business and Management, and received an honorary doctorate from the university for his industry accomplishments and ongoing support of the development of future hospitality leaders.

Thomas M. Finke

Chairman and CEO, Barings

Tom Finke is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Barings, a U.S. $275+ billion global investment management firm with 41 offices across the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Mr. Finke’s 28-year financial career has included roles in both the banking and investment industries. He joined the firm in June 2002, when Babson Capital Management acquired First Union Institutional Debt Management, a $3.6 billion high-yield loan manager he co-founded in 1998, from Wachovia Corporation. Mr. Finke’s career prior to IDM included positions in High Yield and Loan Syndications at First Union Capital Markets, Bear Stearns and Company, and Mellon Bank. Mr. Finke has been an active advocate for the leveraged loan and securitized markets. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Loan Syndication & Trading Association (“LSTA”), and also for the Structured Finance Industry Group (“SFIG”). Mr. Finke received an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.

Scott Gray

Vice President, Finance and CFO of Europe, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Scott Gray is Vice President, Finance and CFO for the European Zone of Anheuser-Busch InBev, a position he has held since January 2015. Mr. Gray is currently based in Belgium. He has responsibility for planning, strategy, performance, control, tax, M&A, and treasury for the European operations of ABI. Mr. Gray joined ABI in early 2009 and previously worked in the company’s New York office in Global Treasury as the Director of Global Funding and Financial Markets. In 2013, Mr. Gray became the Vice President of Global Procurement Operations, based in Belgium, with responsibility for budgeting, performance, cost modeling, risk management, tax, and administration for the company’s Global Procurement Office.

Prior to ABI, Mr. Gray worked at Deutsche Bank in Debt Capital Markets in the Global Markets division, based in New York. Mr. Gray also worked at General Motors Acceptance Corporation in New York, where he focused on funding, derivatives, and international banking. Mr. Gray has a B.A. from Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. from the Moore School of International Business at the University of South Carolina, with a specialization in finance.

Rob Harper

Senior Managing Director and Head of U.S. Asset Management in the Real Estate Group, The Blackstone Group

Rob Harper is a Senior Managing Director and Head of U.S. Asset Management in the Real Estate group at The Blackstone Group. He is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2002, Mr. Harper has been involved in analyzing Blackstone’s real estate equity and debt investments in all property types. Mr. Harper has previously worked for Blackstone in Los Angeles and London, where he served as Head of Europe for the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies business. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Harper worked for Morgan Stanley’s real estate private equity group in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Mr. Harper received a B.S. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Ira Harris

Director, M.S. in Commerce Program and Associate Professor, McIntire School of Commerce

Ira Harris has taught courses on doing business in Europe since the founding in 2008 of the M.S. in Commerce Program, which each year culminates in a Global Immersion Experience in which M.S. in Commerce students and faculty spend several weeks visiting companies and learning about the region. His research focuses on corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. He has studied boards of directors and how their composition affects major strategic decisions. His recent governance research particularly addresses the context of family business. He is currently studying the distinguishing governance characteristics of family business ownership and the various “non-equity” and “non-genetic” ways of defining family ownership.

Professor Harris teaches in the area of strategic management and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Before joining McIntire, he taught for five years at the University of Notre Dame and was voted the 2001 Mendoza College of Business M.B.A. Outstanding Professor of the Year. He also taught at Texas A&M University for three years. Professor Harris is a certified public accountant in Illinois and Virginia. He was an Auditor in the Chicago Office of Deloitte Haskins & Sells for three years and a Financial Reporting Manager for four years at MCI Telecommunications. 

Peter Maillet

Associate Dean for Global Affairs and Academic Director, Center for Global Commerce, McIntire School of Commerce

Peter Maillet brings strong strategy, general management, and finance backgrounds to the McIntire School, as well as international expertise, having worked for nearly 20 years in the global financial services industry as an investment banker, business manager, and private equity investor. During his finance career, Professor Maillet lived and worked for nearly 10 years throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and maintains an active interest in understanding how Asia, Europe, and other regions of the world are transforming the global economy. Professor Maillet teaches an undergraduate course on global financial markets as well as a graduate-level class on the global business environment. He is also Director of the M.S. in Commerce Program's Global Immersion Experience as well as Academic Director of the McIntire Center for Global Commerce.

Professor Maillet spent the early part of his banking career in New York and San Francisco and then spent nearly 10 years living and working in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore. His experience in mergers and acquisitions, public and private debt and equity financing, and general financial advisory spans a wide range of industries, including real estate, telecommunications, information technology, financial services, energy, and transportation. In addition to his transaction experience, Professor Maillet served as both Asia-Pacific COO and global information technology business manager for a major financial institution, developing expertise in management, strategic planning, and business innovation. Professor Maillet’s experience in private equity investing focused on information technology-driven opportunities across a variety of industries. Professor Maillet was appointed to the faculty of the McIntire School in 2005 and was named Associate Dean for Global Affairs in 2008.

Carol A. Sawdye

Chief Operating Officer, PwC

Carol Sawdye is Chief Operating Officer for the PwC network, leading network operations and driving the budgeting, financial planning, and investments processes throughout the network and collaborating with the global leadership team on network transformation. Prior to her current role, Ms. Sawdye was Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of PwC US.

Ms. Sawdye rejoined PwC in November 2012 after working for the National Basketball Association (NBA), where she served as the Executive Vice President and CFO.

Ms. Sawdye also spent eight years at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, initially as CFO and later also assuming responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer.

Ms. Sawdye began her career at PwC, and spent her first 17 years (the last six as a Partner), mostly serving Fortune 500 public clients, primarily focused on the media and entertainment industry.

Ms. Sawdye is a CPA, licensed to practice in New York. She received her B.S. in Commerce (Accounting concentration) from the University of Virginia and her M.B.A., with specialization in international business and corporate finance, from Columbia Business School. She and her husband live in Savannah, Ga.

Chris Shumway

Founder, Shumway Capital
Visiting Lecturer, Global Macro Investing, McIntire School of Commerce

Chris Shumway has invested in, advised, and built growth businesses for more than 25 years. As the Managing Partner of Shumway Capital, he oversees the firm’s long-term investments in a wide range of growth businesses.

As an entrepreneur himself, Mr. Shumway understands the passion, vision, and execution required to achieve sustainable growth. He grew Shumway Capital from $70 million of assets under management to over $8 billion of outside capital, and the firm was recognized multiple times by Barron’s as a top industry performer. Mr. Shumway continues to help numerous growing businesses with his operational and strategic advice and experience. He has also provided seed capital to start-up investment managers that now manage billions in assets.

Prior to Shumway Capital, he worked at Tiger Management, where he was named a Senior Managing Director and Management Committee member at age 30. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He is a member of the boards of the McIntire School of Commerce Foundation (University of Virginia), the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCan), the Stamford School for Excellence, and The Shumway Foundation.

Mr. Shumway is a long-time supporter of and advocate for a range of charitable causes. As a strong proponent of education reform, he established The Shumway Foundation, with the primary goal of helping to break the cycle of poverty through better opportunities in public education. The Shumway Foundation also actively supports other results-based charitable organizations.

Steven Tadler

Managing Partner, Advent International

Steven Tadler is Managing Partner for Advent International. He joined Advent's Boston office in 1986, becoming Managing Director of the North American buyouts group in 1994. In 1997, he moved to Advent's London office and headed Advent's European operations from 2000 to 2007. He is now based in Boston. From 1999 to 2014, he was a member of Advent's Executive Committee, which he chaired from 2002 to 2010. He serves on each of Advent's Western Europe, Latin America, Central Europe, and North America investment advisory committees. Before Advent, he was with Manufacturer's Hanover Trust Co., where he provided financing for a number of leveraged buyouts, technology-oriented firms, and special situations.

Mr. Tadler has a B.S., with distinction, from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia (1981) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1986).

He has served as a Director of over 20 companies, including most recently Dufry, SkillSoft, Bojangles', and TransUnion.

Ashwin Vasan 

Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Trend Capital Management LP

Mr. Vasan has over 20 years of investment experience. Prior to founding Trend Capital, Mr. Vasan was the Head of Macro Trading at Shumway Capital Partners from July 2009 through its closure in March 2011. Prior to Shumway, he worked as a Portfolio Manager at Tudor Investment Corporation from 1999 to 2009, where he was also a Partner. Prior to joining Tudor, Mr. Vasan was a Portfolio Manager at Oppenheimer Funds, where he oversaw the international fixed income business. Mr. Vasan began his career at Citibank, where he was an International Economist from 1989 to 1991. Mr. Vasan is a trained economist. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Nebraska and his M.A. in Economics from San Diego State University, and did three years of Ph.D. work at New York University.

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