Virginia A. Kamsky
Founder, Chairman, CEO
Virginia A. Kamsky (Ginny) is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kamsky Associates, Inc. (KAI), a strategic advisory firm with offices in Beijing and New York City. Following Ginny’s arrival in China in 1978, KAI was one of the first approved foreign advisory firms in China. KAI has been responsible for advising on deals in excess of USD $15 billion for its client base, which includes preeminent companies worldwide.
Ginny began her career at the then Chase Manhattan Bank in its global credit-training program. She was the manager of Chase’s credit training program in Tokyo 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 on the grains and metals team. Ginny was a member of the first Chase Bank delegation to China. She was promoted to Second Vice President of Chase and headed Chase’s corporate China division. She was responsible for drafting the first foreign commercial bank loan to China.
Ginny served during the Obama Administration 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. Ginny 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.
Ginny currently sits on the boards of Dana Incorporated and Ingram Micro. She serves as the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Dana and is a member of Dana’s Compensation 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 Tate & Lyle PLC. Ginny is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She also serves on the Committee on Corporate Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York and a trustee of the Jewish Museum of New York City. Ginny served for 10 years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and CEO of China Institute in America. China Institute is the oldest not-for-profit organization dedicated to the US-China relationship.
Ginny graduated cum laude from Princeton University. She was awarded a B.A. in East Asian Studies. She was granted a graduate school fellowship in the MPA program at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Ginny served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University. She was a member of the finance committee of the Board of Trustees of Princeton, which oversees the university’s endowment.
Ginny’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.” Ginny 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.
Ginny is a native New Yorker and graduated from The Dalton School where she was a board member. She speaks Chinese and Japanese and currently resides in New York City and Beijing.