Stanford Graduate School of Business is pleased to announce they have selected Sandra Horbach, MBA ’87, as the 2022 Excellence in Leadership Award recipient. A program to honor Sandra will be held in New York on Thursday, June 23, 2022.
Stanford Graduate School of Business invites you to the 2022 Excellence in Leadership Award Dinner honoring Sandra Horbach, MBA ’87.
2022 Excellence in Leadership Award Honoree
Sandra Horbach is a Partner and Co-Head of US Buyout & Growth at The Carlyle Group where she oversees Carlyle’s four largest private equity funds with $60 billion of capital under management.
Throughout her career, Ms. Horbach has led private equity teams across industries ranging from consumer, industrials, healthcare, aerospace and government service, technology and financial services. Today, she oversees all industry verticals in North America after joining Carlyle in 2005 to launch and build the Consumer & Retail Team. Ms. Horbach has led many of Carlyle’s most successful consumer investments, including Dunkin’ Brands, Beats Electronics, Philosophy, The Bountiful Company, CVC Brasil, and Vogue International. She is a founding member of Carlyle’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council and has been a leader in championing diversity in the private equity industry.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Horbach spent 18 years at the private equity firm Forstmann Little. In 1992, she became the first woman to be named a partner at a major private equity firm. Prior to Forstmann Little, Ms. Horbach spent two years in the M&A department of Morgan Stanley. She earned her MBA from Stanford University and her BA in Chinese Studies from Wellesley College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. She studied at Fudan University in Shanghai in 1980 and at the National University of Taipei in 1983 as a Fulbright Scholar.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Horbach has served on many corporate and non-profit boards. She currently serves as a director on the Boards of Novolex and Hexaware, and as a Trustee at Rockefeller University and Wellesley College. Ms. Horbach was a member of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Advisory Council for 15 years, including serving as Chair for four years. Ms. Horbach has been included in the Barron’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Finance list since inception and the Yahoo! Finance HERoes Top 100 Women Executives List in 2020 and 2021.
Sandra is married to Steven Skoler, MBA ’86, and has two daughters.
About the Excellence in Leadership Award
This award marks our commitment to underscoring the importance of leadership in business by highlighting the achievements of a senior executive and Stanford GSB graduate who has made significant contributions to the corporate world and the community.