Asian American Corporate Directors Awards
The Asian American Corporate Directors Awards honor Asian Americans who serve as members of the Board of Directors of Fortune corporations.
Becoming a member of this elite class takes hard work, perseverance, immense leadership capabilities and guts—which is why Asian Americans are still underrepresented, despite having a strong success rate in business and a high-education status. USPAACC takes the initiative to herald the very few who hold these important positions in Public companies. Award recipients are given recognition at the annual CelebrAsian Procurement Conference during the Excellence Awards Gala & Dinner. Our Honorees include:
Mr. Bindra has been member of the Board of Directors for Edison International since 2010. He served as president of Chevron Global Manufacturing, responsible for Chevron Corporation’s worldwide refining operations from 2004 until his retirement in 2009. During his 32-year career at Chevron, Mr. Bindra also served as managing director and chief executive officer of Caltex Australia Limited (2002 to 2003), president of Chevron Pipeline Co. (1997 to 2002), and senior vice president, pipelines, Chevron Overseas Petroleum, Inc. (1995 to 1997). He is on the board of LyondellBasell Industries N.V. and Transocean Ltd. Mr. Bindra was also the founding Chairman of the Board of Directors of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting issues impacting the South Asian American community. Mr. Bindra is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, and holds a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA degree from Saint Mary’s College of California.
LP Board Member, HP
Shumeet Banerji is co-founder and partner of Condorcet, LP an advisory and investment firm specializing in developing early stage companies.
Mr. Banerji retired from Booz & Company in 2013 after a 20 year career at the firm and its predecessor Booz, Allen, Hamilton. He was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Booz & Company. In 2007-8 he co-led the conception, design, and execution of the historic deal separating Booz, Allen & Hamilton, selling the government business to the Carlyle Group and spinning off the global consulting division as Booz & Company.
Mr. Banerji currently serves as a senior advisor to Reliance Industries (India), Proteus Digital Health (USA), and AbsolutData (USA) and serves on the Board of Directors of Hewlett-Packard Company (USA) and Innocoll (Germany). He serves on the Standing Council of Experts on the Indian Financial Sector of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, the Panel of Senior Advisers of Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs, UK), the Board of Trustees of One Mind (USA), and the Advisory Board of the Global Economic Symposium (Germany).
He was a member of the faculty at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business before joining Booz, Allen. He received his Ph.D from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University where he has previously served on the Dean’s Advisory Board. He is married with two sons. He and his wife Della are active in supporting action for tiger habitat conservation and neurodegenerative disease.
Principal, EL & EL Investments
Board Member, Edison International
Ms. Chang, a Principal in EL & EL Investments (real estate investment business) and a member of the Board of Directors for:
- Edison International (NYSE:EIX), Audit Committee Chair, ACFE, member Compensation Committee;
- Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG, SIX:RIGN), member Audit and Finance Committees;
- American Funds, advised by Capital Research and Management Company, Audit Committee Chair, ACFE, member Contracts Committee;
- Forest Lawn Memorial Parks Association, Audit Committee Chair, member Risk and Investment Committees.
And formerly a member of the Board of Directors for:
- Blue Shield of California, Audit Committee Chair, member Compensation, Finance and Investment Committees;
- Inveresk Research Group, Inc.(NASDAQ:IRGI), Compensation Committee Chair, member Audit Committee.
Ms. Chang, formerly a member of the Independent Directors Council’s Executive Committee, affiliate of the Investment Company Institute, testified on the role and responsibilities of independent directors before the Senate Banking Committee in 2004.
Ms. Chang was founder and Chief Executive Officer of ResolveItNow, (online dispute resolution), Senior Vice President at Secured Capital Corp, (real estate investment bank) and a KPMG partner in charge of its West Coast Corporate Finance Group. Ms. Chang is a Certified Public Accountant with B.A. Degree from the University of British Columbia.
Wells Fargo and Walt Disney
John Chen has served as chairman and CEO of Sybase since 1998. During this time, Sybase has become the recognized industry leader in enterprise mobility infrastructure and significantly strengthened its position in data management. From 1995-1997, Mr. Chen was President of the $3 billion Open Enterprise Computing Division of Siemens Nixdorf and the CEO and Chairman of Siemens Pyramid. Prior to working for Siemens, Mr. Chen was at Pyramid Technology Corp., where he rose from Executive Vice President to President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Chen serves ob the boards of the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and Wells Fargo. Forbes Magazine named Mr. Chen one of the Top 25 Notable Chinese-Americans in Business. In 2005, President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the President’s Export Council and in 2006 he was appointed co-chair of the Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee. Mr. Chen has also been a longtime member of the Committee of 100 and served as its chairman from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Chen graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He also holds master’s from California Institute of Technology. He also has an honorary professorship from Shanghai University and honorary doctorates from San Jose State University in California, City University of Hong Kong, and from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Dolby Laboratories, Lewis Chew leads the worldwide finance organization, responsible for financial and infrastructure support for Dolby’s business, including all finance functions, information technology, real estate and facilities, manufacturing, procurement, and investor relations.
Lewis comes to Dolby with decades of financial and strategic business management experience. He is the former Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of National Semiconductor Corporation, where he was responsible for all finance functions as well as information systems and investor relations.
Prior to joining National Semiconductor, Lewis was a partner at KPMG LLP, serving numerous technology and financial institution clients. He has been recognized five times as one of America’s best CFOs by Institutional Investor magazine in its annual ranking. In 2009, Lewis was a finalist for the Bay Area CFO of the Year Award, and in 2002, Treasury & Risk magazine named him one of the nation’s top 40 finance executives under the age of 40.
Lewis serves as a member of the board of directors at PG&E Corporation, an energy-based holding company. He holds a BS degree in accounting from Santa Clara University.
The TJX Companies
David Ching served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for Safeway Inc. for over 19 years (1994 – 2013). Safeway is a Fortune 100 company, and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America with over 1,600 stores in the United States and Canada. In support of its stores, Safeway has an extensive network of distribution, manufacturing and food processing facilities.
Prior to joining Safeway in 1994, David was the General Manager - North America for BACG (British American Consulting Group), a software/consulting firm focusing on the distribution and retail industry. From 1979 - 1993, David worked for Lucky Stores Inc, a subsidiary of the American Stores Companies, and was the Senior Vice President of Information Systems in the last five years. David also worked in systems development at Bell Canada and Control Data Canada in Toronto between 1975 to 1979.
David’s educational background includes degrees in M.S. - Management Sciences from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University; M.S. - Computer Sciences from the University of California - Berkeley; and B.S. - Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
David has been serving as a director of The TJX Companies, Inc. (a $28 billion off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the United States and internationally) since 2007. He also served on the Board of Directors of PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc from 2005 to 2006. His engagements in industry activities include Management Board Member of GS1 (International Industry Standards Organization) from 2008 to 2013 and Board Member of Worldwide Retail Exchange (WWRE), a B2B e-commerce exchange from 2000 to 2007.
Former Senior Vice President & CFO
Altria Group, Western Union and SABMiller
Dinyar S. Devitre is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Altria Group, Inc. He retired from the Company in March 2008.
Mr. Devitre held a number of assignments with Philip Morris International. These included; Marketing Services Manager, Asia-Pacific (Melbourne 1974-1975), Managing Director, Godfrey Phillips India Ltd. (Bombay 1976-1979); and President, Philip Morris Asia (Hong Kong 1980-1990). Later Mr. Devitre was appointed Chairman and CEO Philip Morris Japan (Tokyo 1992-1995) and contemporaneously served as Executive Vice President Philip Morris International.
Mr. Devitre also held positions of increasing responsibility at Altria’s headquarters in New York. These included Senior Vice President Corporate Planning from 1996 to 1998 and most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2002 to 2008. In both these roles he was involved in the tobacco, food and beer interests of Altria.
From 1998 to 2001 Mr. Devitre worked for Citigroup where he was Executive Vice President and Group Head of Citibank’s Global Consumer Bank for Europe Middle East and Africa.
Born in Jamshedpur, India, Mr. Devitre earned a B.A. degree at St. Joseph’s College in Darjeeling, India, and an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.
Mr. Devitre resides in New York and is a member of the Board of Directors of Altria Group, Inc., SABMiller, plc., and The Western Union Company where he is the Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is also a Special Advisor to General Atlantic Partners, a Private Equity Group in New York. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center, Inc., The Asia Society, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Institute of Medicine
Victor J. Dzau is the eighth President of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Dr. Dzau is Chancellor Emeritus and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University and the past President and CEO of the Duke University Health System. Previously, Dr. Dzau was the Hersey Professor of Theory and Practice of Medicine and Chairman of Medicine at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University.
Dr. Dzau has made a significant impact on medicine through his seminal research in cardiovascular medicine and genetics and his leadership in health care innovation. His important work on the renin angiotensin system (RAS) paved the way for the contemporary understanding of RAS in cardiovascular disease and the development of RAS inhibitors as widely used, lifesaving drugs. In his role as a leader in health care, Dr. Dzau has led efforts in innovation to improve health, including the development of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, the Duke Global Health Institute, the Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School, and the Duke Institute for Health Innovation.
As one of the world’s preeminent health leaders, Dr. Dzau advises governments, corporations, and universities worldwide. He has served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and as Chair of the NIH Cardiovascular Disease Advisory Committee. Currently he is a member of the Board of the Singapore Health System and Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar. He was on the Board of Health Governors of the World Economic Forum and chaired its Global Agenda Council on Personalized and Precision Medicine.
Among his many honors and recognitions are the Gustav Nylin Medal from the Swedish Royal College of Medicine, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association, Ellis Island Medal of Honor,and the Henry Freisen International Prize. In 2014, he received the Public Service Medal from the President of Singapore. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has received six honorary doctorates.
Hewlett Packard, Tyco, Delphi Automotive
Raj L. Gupta, Senior Advisor, joined New Mountain in 2009. From 1999 - 2009, Mr. Gupta was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rohm and Haas. Mr. Gupta held a variety of posts at the company beginning in 1971. He was elected a vice president of the company and was named director for the Pacific Region in 1993. Early in 1996, Mr. Gupta became one of six members of the Chairman’s Committee and was given oversight responsibility for the company’s Electronic Materials business group. In December 1998, Mr. Gupta was elected to the Board of Directors and named Vice Chairman in January 1999. He became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on October 1, 1999. Mr. Gupta assumed the additional title of President in early 2005 and held that title until May 2008.
Mr. Gupta holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (1967), a M.S. degree in Operations Research from Cornell University (1969), and a M.B.A. in Finance from Drexel University (1972). Mr. Gupta is a past Chairman of the American Chemistry Council, and the Society of Chemical Industry, America Section. He sits on the board of trustees for The Conference Board. He is a member of the boards of Tyco, The Vanguard Group, Hewlett-Packard Company, Delphi Automotive, SymphonyIRI Group, and Stroz Friedberg Inc. and is Chairman and Acting CEO of Avantor Performance Materials Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Johri has served on the Board of Directors of ConAgra Foods, Inc. since January, 2009. Prior to that he served on the boards of Charter Communications, Inc. from January, 2006 -2009 and Citicorp Trust Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Citigroup from 2010-2012. In June, 2010, he became Chair of the Board of Directors of Semantifi, Inc., a venture capital funded internet start-up company. He is currently Chairman of the National Board of Trustees of Boys Town.
Mr. Johri retired in January, 2009, from First National Bank of Omaha, where he served as President and Director since June, 2006. In addition, he served as Director and Executive Vice President for the bank’s holding company, First National of Nebraska, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Johri served as Director and Chairman for InfiCorp Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. He also served as Director of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce until January, 2007.
Mr. Johri has more than 36 years of U.S. and international executive experience in building businesses and executing business strategies for leading global companies like IBM, Citigroup and J.P. Morgan Chase. Prior to joining First National Bank of Omaha in September, 2005, Mr. Johri served as Executive Vice President at J.P. Morgan Chase in New York, where he was responsible for leading marketing and strategy for the corporation’s credit card business. He has lived and worked in India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore and US. He is married to Indrani Johri and has two daughters Mini and Sonali.
Best Buy and Zoetis
Sanjay Khosla is a Senior Fellow, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group.
Sanjay was President, Developing Markets of Kraft Foods (now Mondelez International) from Jan 2007 to March 2013, responsible for 65,000 people in over 60 countries and iconic brands like Cadbury, Oreo, Milka, Trident. During his tenure, Khosla:
- Transformed the business from $5 Billion to $16 Billion in 5 years (doubled the business organically) while dramatically improving profitability and cash flow
- Transformed brands like Oreo from $200 million to a $1 Billion and Tang from $500 million to $1 Billion in 5 years in developing markets
- Helped spearhead and successfully integrate the acquisition of Cadbury (bought for $20 Billion) and Danone biscuits (bought for $7.8 Billion)
Before joining Kraft Foods, Khosla turned around the $3 Billion consumer business of Fonterra, a global dairy company based in New Zealand. Prior to his tenure at Fonterra, Khosla enjoyed a successful 27-year career with Unilever based in the UK, Europe and India. Khosla implemented a bold programme (Paint the World Yellow with Lipton) as Chairman of the Global Category Board for Unilever Beverages. Khosla also created the Wheel detergents business in India, which is one of Unilever’s largest brands in India.
Khosla is on the board of Best Buy Inc., Zoetis Inc. (previously Pfizer Animal Health),BigHeartPetBrands,USAandNIITLtd,India. Khoslawaspreviously on the board of Hindustan Unilever, India; co-chair of the Nestle/Fonterra joint venture for the Americas; and on the board of the Lipton /Pepsi joint venture.
Sanjay has lectured extensively at Universities in the U.S. and in forums such as the Economist conference in London and Davos.
Khosla authored a book, Fewer Bigger Bolder, with Professor Mohan Sawhney. The book discusses Focus7, a proven framework for achieving sustained profitable growth.
Patricia M. Loui was nominated by President Obama in May 2011 and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2011 to serve as a full-time member of the Board of Directors of The Export-Import Bank of the United States. In this role, she leads efforts to promote financing of U.S. exports to Asia and the jobs they support and create. With other members of the Board of Directors, Loui votes on transactions greater than $10 million and other major policy issues. Loui has over 30 years of expertise in Asia. Prior to her Ex-Im appointment, Loui was founder and Chair of OmniTrak Group Inc. where she consulted on market expansion strategies to Asia to Fortune 500 multi-nationals and in diverse industries. She also founded a U.S.-Thai-Singaporean planning and research joint venture in Bangkok. Previously, Loui worked for Bank of Hawaii, a regional bank with a Pacific Rim portfolio, and served on the Board of Directors of the international PLUS System of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). As a development planner and training officer for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Loui covered the Asia Pacific region. She served as a planning consultant with the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Southeast Asia. Loui has been active in civic and community affairs, serving a 5-year term as President of the East-West Center Association and establishing the first EWC alumni permanent endowment scholarship fund, and on the Board of Directors of the University of Hawaii Foundation and the Kapiolani Health Foundation. A graduate of Northwestern University, Loui received her master’s in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii while on a U.S. State Department grant to The East West Center (EWC).
Khan Thien Tran
Khanh Tran is from Vietnam and came to the United States for college with the intention of returning to his home county after his studies to foster economic development. However, following the fall of Saigon in 1975, he remained in California and became a U.S. citizen in 1980. Khanh received a B.A. from Whittier College in economics and political science and an MBA from UCLA. Following graduation, Khanh began his career with United California Bank. He then joined Flying Tiger Line, Inc., then the world’s largest global air freight company, and then joined The Vons Companies as assistant treasurer. In 1990, Khanh joined Pacific Life as treasurer and was promoted to chief financial officer in 1996, with additional responsibilities for mergers, acquisitions, and strategic new businesses. In 2001 he was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer with added responsibilities overseeing Pacific Life’s accounting, audit, tax, treasury, and strategic planning functions. He became chief investment officer in 2011. In April 2012, Khanh was promoted to president of Pacific Life. As president, he has overall responsibility for the financials, investments, and strategic planning for Pacific Life, as well as for overseeing Pacific Life’s non-insurance businesses: Aviation Capital Group, Pacific Asset Management, and Pacific Global Advisors. Khanh and his wife Debi are the proud parents of three children and live in Irvine.
Khanh currently serves on the boards of directors of Pacific Life and its parent companies, as well as on various Pacific Life subsidiaries. In addition, he has previously served on the boards of directors of Asset Management Finance Corp., College Savings Bank, Prandium, Inc., and Scottish Re Group.
Hatim A. Tyabji
Chairman of the Board
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Hatim A. Tyabji has served as a Director since April 1998; as Chairman of the Audit Committee since June 2002 and as Chairman of the Board since June 2012. Mr. Tyabji has served as Chairman and CEO of: Verifone (NYSE), transaction automation services; Saraide, wireless data applications, and Bytemobile, wireless infrastructure. Additionally, he served as Chairman of Datacard, credit and debit card processing infrastructure.
He has served on a number of other public and private company boards in enterprise software, payment processing and wireless technologies. Currently, he serves as Chairman of Jasper Wireless and on the boards of Touch Networks (Australia) and the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance.
He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.B.A. He is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the State University of New York.
He is the author of “Husband, Wife & Company: An Honest Perspective on Success in Life and Work”, which explores the complex interrelationships between family and career.
President and CEO
Catholic Relief Services
Dr. Woo assumed the position of CEO and president of Catholic Relief Services in January 2012. Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, it has expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in nearly 100 countries on five continents.
Dr. Woo, representing CRS, was featured in Foreign Policy (May/June, 2013) as one of the 500 Most Powerful people on the planet and one of only 33 in the category of “a force for good.” Dr. Woo’s Catholic News Service monthly column took first place in the 2013 Catholic Press Association Awards in the category of Best Regular Column – Spiritual Life. Before CRS, she served as the dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame from 1997. During Dean Woo’s tenure, the Mendoza College achieved number 1 ranking (BusinessWeek/Bloomberg) in 2010 and 2011. Prior to the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Woo served as Associate Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Purdue University.
Dr. Woo earned her Bachelor’s in Economics with highest distinction and honors, Master of Science in Industrial Administration with award as Krannert Scholar and Ph.D. all from Purdue University. She is married to David E. Bartkus and they have two sons, Ryan and Justin.