David Kang to Lead Stanford GSB Executive Education
New associate dean brings experience from media, entertainment, and higher education.
David Kang is returning to Stanford, where he earned his undergraduate degree. | Tricia Seibold
David Kang, a longtime executive with experience in media, entertainment, and business development, has joined Stanford Graduate School of Business as associate dean of executive education.
“The GSB is truly fortunate to have David Kang join us,” says Jesper Sørensen, senior academic dean for academic affairs. “He brings a remarkably unique combination of skills and experiences to the job: a business school faculty member, a successful executive in the early years of digital media, and learning and development roles in one of the most successful corporations of our time. I’m excited to see how he will help Executive Education discover great new opportunities for impact.”
Kang comes to Stanford GSB from Apple, where he was a member of the academic faculty at Apple University and previously senior director of news monetization and strategy at Apple News. Prior to that, Kang served as chief revenue officer at Wenner Media (Rolling Stone, Us Weekly), creative director of content extensions at Hearst Magazines (Cosmopolitan, Esquire), and senior vice president of digital at Rodale, Inc. (Men’s Health, Eat This, Not That!).
Kang has worked as a digital media consultant at McKinsey and Company and served as senior vice president of new technology and strategic development at BMG Entertainment (RCA, Arista). He has also worked in artist management as senior vice president of digital strategy at The Firm, representing artists such as Backstreet Boys, Ice Cube, Snoop Dog, and Kelly Clarkson.
After earning his undergraduate degree from Stanford, Kang received three degrees from Harvard — a master’s in sociology, a PhD in organizational behavior, and a law degree. He was formerly an assistant professor of business administration at Harvard, where he researched corporate governance.
“I’m incredibly excited and humbled by the opportunity to grow Stanford GSB’s Executive Education programs,” Kang says. “Executive Education shares the GSB’s ‘magic pixie dust’ by delivering transformational experiences in person, online, and in blended formats. Collaborating with the world-renowned GSB faculty, we hope to innovate and create products that make lifelong learning a reality.”
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