James Y. Chao '76
Chairman of the Board, Westlake Chemical Corporation
James Chao is chairman of the board of directors of Westlake Chemical Corporation, an international manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers, and fabricated products. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Mr. Chao is also director and past chairman of Suzhou Huasu Plastics Co. Ltd. in China.
Mr. Chao has over 40 years of global experience in the petrochemical and downstream industries. He has been involved in many “first-of-its-kind” and grassroots developments in the North American and Asian petrochemical and polymer industries. Mr. Chao, along with his brother, Albert Chao ’72, assisted their father, Ting Tsung Chao, in founding Westlake Chemical Corporation and Titan Chemicals Corporation Bhd. in Malaysia. Prior to assuming the chairmanship of Westlake in 2004 from his father, he served as Westlake’s vice chairman from 1996 to 2004 and as president from its inception in 1985 to 1996. He served as Titan’s managing director from its inception in 1988 to 2003, and as its executive chairman and director from 2003 to the end of 2010 when Titan was divested. Prior to that, Mr. Chao served as special assistant to the chairman of China General Plastics Group and has held management positions with several international companies, including Mattel, Inc., Development Bank of Singapore, Singapore Gulf Plastics Pte. Ltd., and Gulf Oil Chemicals.
Mr. Chao’s civic and community service includes serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Baylor College of Medicine, the Board of Trustees for KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), Houston, and the Advisory Board of the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia Business School. Mr. Chao received his bachelor of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Cisneros / President of the Fundación Cisneros
Adriana Cisneros de Griffin is CEO & Vice Chairman of Cisneros, a third generation family owned and operated business with a global footprint and operations in Latin America and the United States. The company has three areas of focus: Media, Interactive, and Real Estate.
Adriana is also President of Fundación Cisneros, the family’s educational not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving education in Latin America. Adriana is Co-chair of Endeavor Miami, an organization that promotes high impact entrepreneurship. She is a Director and Executive Committee Member of the Board of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and a Trustee of the Paley Center for Media. Adriana is on the board of MoMA PS1 and MoMA’s Latin American Acquisitions Committee. Adriana is a Henry Crown Fellow, as well as a Term Member at the Council of Foreign Relations, and an Advisory Board Member of Wyncode.
Adriana is the daughter of Gustavo Cisneros, the company's Chairman, and granddaughter of Diego Cisneros, who founded the business in 1929. She lives in Miami, Florida, where the company is headquartered, with her husband and two children.
Adriana holds a BA from Columbia University (2002) and a Master’s Degree in journalism from New York University (2005). She is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development (PLD – 2010).