Maeve Richard Named Career Director at Stanford GSB

Maeve Richard, MBA '84, appointed assistant dean and director of Career Management Center, providing career services for business school students.

January 21, 2014



Maeve Richards | Photo courtesy of Nancy Rothstein

Maeve L.J. Richard, MBA ‘84, has been named assistant dean and director of the Career Management Center at Stanford Graduate School of Business. A career advisor since July 2013, Richard came to Stanford following a career in finance at large and small for profit and nonprofit companies in a variety of industries, including technology, education, investment management, apparel, and banking.

“We are delighted to have someone with Maeve’s depth of industry experience at the helm of our Career Management Center,” said Garth Saloner, Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business. “As someone who made successful pivots in her own career, she is uniquely equipped to guide students to find their professional path in new and fulfilling ways.”

An accomplished executive, she has served in various roles including chief financial officer for Arteris Inc., chief financial and operating officer of The Stupski Foundation, and she held a similar post at Progress Investment Management Company. Prior to that she was vice president and treasurer at McAfee Inc., a vice president at J.P. Morgan, and held various management positions at Sun Microsystems and Levi Strauss & Co.

“I am fascinated by the transformative potential of personal and professional changes during our lives. One of the most impactful transitions is moving through the GSB and taking advantage of all that the program offers. I am particularly passionate about supporting our MBA students as they investigate careers that provide meaning and impact,” said Richard.

Among her first priorities, Richard intends to determine ways to improve the quality and breadth of information about career paths, lifetime earnings, and the implications of career choices to better inform student decision-making. She also plans to explore ways to further support alumni at junctures when they are reevaluating their careers, a topic close to her own experience. “The goal is to enable our students — as well as alumni — to make the highest-quality career decisions and to equip them to act wisely at pivotal points in their professional lives,” she said.

Richard earned her BA with highest honors at University of California, Berkeley in political economy of industrial societies, and was awarded a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship to study international economics at the Universitat Heidelberg. A native of the Midwest, she earned her MBA from Stanford in 1984.

Richard’s service to the community includes participation in the Stanford Parents Advisory Board, and as an advisor to and former chief financial officer and treasurer on the Wellspring board. In the past she served on the investment committee of the board of Dignity Health, and on the Bay Area advisory board of BUILD. She led the Community Bank of the Bay as chairwoman and board member, served as a community advisor of the Junior League of San Francisco, and served as board member of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Conference of Community and Justice. She has also served as a College Track mentor for underprivileged youth.

By Helen Chang

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