Ms. Virginia A. Kamsky
Virginia A. Kamsky (Ginny) is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kamsky Associates, Inc. (KAI), a strategic advisory firm with offices in Beijing and New York City. Founded in 1980, KAI was one of the first approved foreign advisory firms in China. KAI has been responsible for advising on deals in excess of USD $10 billion for its client base, which includes preeminent companies worldwide.
Ms. Kamsky is serving under a White House appointment as a member of the US Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel (SNAP), an advisory body which provides the Secretary of the Navy with independent advice and recommendations on critical issues facing the Department of the Navy and the Navy Secretariat. Ms. Kamsky is a recipient of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, which is the highest honorary award the Secretary of the Navy can confer on a Department of the Navy civilian employee.
Ms. Kamsky began her career at the then Chase Manhattan Bank in 1975 in its global credit-training program. She was the manager of Chase’s credit training program in Tokyo from 1976-1977, and head of Chase’s credit department in Tokyo. She served as an officer of Chase as Assistant Treasurer in the International Trade and Commodity Finance division in 1978 on the grains and metals team. In December 1978, Kamsky was a member of the first Chase Bank delegation to China. She was promoted to Second Vice President of Chase in 1978 and headed Chase’s corporate China division through the end of 1980. She was responsible for drafting the first foreign commercial bank loan to China.
Ms. Kamsky currently sits on the board of Dana Holding Corporation, where she serves as the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. She has served on several other public company boards, including W.R. Grace and Company, Sealed Air Corporation, Olin Corporation, Tecumseh Products Company, Foamex International, and, until recently, Tate & Lyle PLC. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, including its Committee on Corporate Affairs, and has served on the Board of Trustees of both Princeton University and the Dalton School. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York. Ms. Kamsky was a Trustee of China Institute in America, the oldest not-for-profit organization dedicated to the US-China relationship, and served as Chairman and CEO for ten years. Under her leadership, China Institute served as a host organization for several premiers, presidents, vice premiers and other leading dignitaries and business executives from China.
Ms. Kamsky graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies and attended the MPA program at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Ms. Kamsky’s writings have appeared in The Harvard Business Review and Directors & Boards Magazine. She was selected by Crain’s New York Business in 1990 as one of their “Forty under Forty to Succeed.” Ms. Kamsky was chosen by Newsweek as one of “America’s 25 Top Asia Hands.” She was featured on PBS in the award winning Adam Smith Money World production: Kamsky Associates: Models of Enterprise, and was a commentator on trade and investment in China for the PBS series The Heart of the Dragon.
Ms. Kamsky has lived and worked in Singapore, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong, and speaks both Chinese and Japanese.