Current Executives-in-Residence

Past Executives-in-Residence


The Executive-in-Residence Program enriches the learning and research environment at the Shidler College of Business.

Since 2006, the Executive-in-Residence program has invited prominent business leaders from a variety of industries and backgrounds to share their knowledge and business expertise with students and faculty.

These executives bring excitement and a fresh perspective to the College by adding real-life experiences to the classroom. They also provide students with a realistic outlook on future careers and business opportunities.

Vance Roley, Dean of the Shidler College of Business said, “Students and faculty have a rare opportunity to work closely with top business leader from around the world. Not only will they share their expertise, but help us expand and deepen our relationships in the local business community.”

Typically, an Executive-in-Residence serves for a period of a month to a year, and maintains a constant presence at the College by engaging in lectures, advising, mentoring, and College activities. Each executive’s period is tailored to their expertise and time availability.

Executive Activities

  • Classroom Participation: co-teaching, guest speaker and/or guest lecturer
  • Curriculum Enhancement: provide insight for best business practices and relevant topics to meet the needs of future employers
  • Research Advice: identify relevant research issues and provide feedback on current faculty research
  • Student Mentoring: prepare students for the business world

Current Shidler Executives-in-Residence

Robert Clarke

Robert Clarke

Former Chairman, President and CEO of Hawaii Electric Industries, Inc.

Appointment period: June 2006 – Present

With more than 33 years of experience as a business executive in Hawai‘i, Clarke brings a variety of business expertise to the College.

Clarke joined Hawaii Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI), in 1987 as vice president of strategic planning and led the company through its diversification strategy and expansion. Clarke was appointed HEI group vice president—Diversified Companies, in 1988. Within a year, he was selected director of HEI. In 1991, Clarke became president and CEO of HEI, and in 1998, was named chairman, president and CEO.

Prior to joining HEI, Clarke served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Alexander & Baldwin, and as controller of Dillingham Corporation.

Clarke was active in community affairs. He was on the boards of Hawaii Pacific University, the Straub Foundation, The Oceanic Institute, the Center for A Sustainable Future, and the American Judicature Society—Hawaii Chapter. In addition, Clarke is past chair and member of the Hawaii Business Roundtable and a member of the Air Force Civilian Advisory Council. He also served as the chair of the Shidler College of Business Advisory Council.

Clarke received his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1965 and master’s degree in finance in 1966 with honors from the University of California at Berkeley.

Brenda Foster

Brenda Foster

Former President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai

Appointment period: Fall 2013 – Present

Brenda Foster served as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai from 2005 to 2013. She was responsible for overseeing all of the Chamber’s initiatives, as well as representing American business interests in China, the U. S., and the Asia Pacific region. Prior to that, she was president and CEO of ULU Group Ltd., a firm specializing in emerging technologies in the Asia-Pacific region.

She also held executive positions as an international and national affairs adviser to the Governor of the State of Hawai‘i, director of the State of Hawai‘i’s Office of International Relations, and director of Hawai‘i’s World Affairs Council.

Larry Rodriguez

Larry Rodriguez

Former Managing Partner of Ernst & Young LLP

Appointment period: Fall 2012 – Present

Rodriguez served as the managing partner of Ernst & Young from 1978 until retiring in 2007. His 40-year career in the accounting profession included serving companies in the financial services, healthcare, airlines, retail, hospitality, real estate and insurance industries. In addition to his work in audit-related matters, Rodriguez also provided services that covered taxes, internal control system evaluations, and other operational activities for local and mainland companies with global locations.

Most recently, Rodriguez served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Central Pacific Financial Corp. /Central Pacific Bank from the summer of 2010 to the end of 2011. Today, Rodriguez operates his own consulting firm to help organizations in Hawai‘i with financial, organizational and other business matters.

Rodriguez is involved with many local charities and community groups, and serves on the boards of Sennet Capital, Ho‘okele Health Innovations, LLC and Tissue Genesis, Inc.

Rodriguez received a BS in accounting from California State University, Los Angeles, and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner.

Keith Viera

Keith Vieira

Principal with KV & Associates, Hospitality Consulting
Former executive of Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Appointment period: Fall 2014 – Present

Prior to KY & Associates, Vieira was with Starwood Hotels & Resorts for 33 years. Under his leadership as Senior Vice President and Director of Operations for Hawai‘i and French Polynesia, Starwood grew to a combined 14 hotels in those island regions. Previously he worked as Director of Travel Services; Director of Communications for Sheraton Hotels in Hawai‘i; Vice President Director of Development for Sheraton Hawai‘i/Japan Division; and Vice President Director of Marketing for ITT Sheraton Hotels in Hawai‘i.

Committed to giving back to the community, Vieira has served as board member for many organizations, including the Blood Bank of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Business Roundtable, the University of Hawai‘i Shidler College of Business, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i, ‘Ahahui Koa Anuenue, Friends of Hawai‘i Charities, and was on the advisory boards of the Hawai‘i Convention Park Council and YMCA of Hawai‘i.

In addition to his service as a board member, Vieira has chaired boards for several organizations, such as the Ho‘okako‘o Corporation and the fundraising campaigns for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Aloha United Way. Vieira served two terms as a member of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, and served for many years on the Hawai‘i Visitors & Convention Bureau and the O‘ahu Visitors Bureau. In 2003, Vieira was named Salesperson of the Year by Sales and Marketing Executives of Honolulu.

Vieira is a key member of many travel industry organizations including Hawai‘i Hotel & Lodging Association, American Society of Travel Agents, Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International, Japan Association of Travel Agents, and Travel Industry Association of America.

Born in Hilo, Vieira received a BBA in personnel and industrial relations from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Shidler College of Business. In 2013, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawai‘i announced the creation of The Keith Vieira Ho‘owaiwai a Ho‘ona‘auao Endowed Scholarship at the Shidler College of Business to honor Keith Vieira’s 36-year career in the visitor industry, 33 of which he spent with Starwood.

Past Shidler Executives-in-Residence

Allen Doane

Allen Doane

Former Chairman and CEO of Alexander & Baldwin

Appointment period: Spring 2013 – Spring 2014

Doane retired as Chairman and CEO of Alexander & Baldwin in December 2009 after serving 11 years at Hawaii’s oldest publicly-traded company. He will remain as director of A&B and continue serving on the boards of First Hawaiian Bank, BancWest Corporation and Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Company.

Doane came to Hawai‘i in 1969 while serving in the U.S. Navy. In 1975, he joined C. Brewer and Company and was later transferred to the headquarters of IU International (parent company of C. Brewer) in Philadelphia. In 1983, Doane was appointed vice president of strategic planning of IU and was elevated to group vice president. In 1988, he returned to Hawai‘i as managing partner and COO of The Shidler Group. Doane joined A&B Hawaii as executive vice president in 1991, directing the real estate and agribusiness sectors. He also served on the UH Shidler College of Business’ Advisory Council.

Doane received a BA from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Richard Leung

Richard Leung, BBA 1979

Former Managing Director and Head of Wealth Management of UBS Securities Company Ltd., China

1st International Executive-in-Residence

Appointment period: April – May 2012

Richard Leung was most recently the managing director and head of wealth management for UBS Securities Company Ltd. in China. He retired in late Spring 2011.

Leung has over 30 years of finance and banking experience. In addition to UBS China, Leung has worked for DBS Bank, Hang Seng Bank (a subsidiary of HSBC in Hong Kong), Citibank and HSBC Bank USA.

As the first International Executive-in-Residence, Leung served as a guest lecturer, connected faculty to the greater alumni community and shared his business experience with students, faculty and alumni.

Leung received a BBA from Shidler College of Business and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He speaks fluent English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. In 2008, Leung and his wife May donated $100,000 to establish a scholarship endowment fund. Leung was inducted into the Shidler Hall of Honor in 2008.

Gregg Li

Dr. Gregg Li

Special Advisor to various Boards

2nd International Executive-in-Residence

Appointment period: May – June 2014

Dr. Gregg Li has over 30 years of governance and management consulting experience working for Aon Global Risk Consulting, American Express TRS, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and clients have included a wide range of innovative and aggressive companies including IBM, the World Bank, and the University of Hong Kong.

He is currently the Chairman of Global EFS, a high tech firm; Vice Chairman of BPF which originated Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, and a visiting professor at six leading universities in Asia.

Gregg is a UH graduate of the School of Economics (Masters) and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (BA), UCLA (MBA), and Warwick University in the UK where he received his Engineering Doctorate.