Dolan School welcomes new Advisory Council members

Submitted by Carolyn Arnold on December 10, 2012

The Charles F. Dolan School of Business and the members of its Advisory Council are pleased to welcome Kevin Walsh, from GE Capital and Kevin Cannon, Chief Executive Officer at Zweig-DiMenna Associates LLC.


Kevin Walsh ’82

Managing Director and Group Head – Power, Renewable Energy and Venture Investing
GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE Capital

Kevin Walsh ’82 leads GE Energy Financial Services’ Power and Renewable Energy group, which invests in thermal and renewable energy projects and also engages in venture investing in energy.    Renewable energy has been a strategic growth initiative at the GE unit since 2006.  Under Walsh leadership, GE has invested more than $7 billion globally in projects generating power from wind, sun, biomass, water, geothermal and other renewable energy sources.

Kevin Walsh ’82

Walsh serves on the board of directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), is a member of the Leadership Council of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), is a member of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and is a frequent speaker at universities and energy conferences on energy project and venture investing. He is also a member of GE Chairman Jeff Immelt’s ecomagination Advisory Board.

Previously, Walsh was responsible for the management of GE Energy Financial Services’ $20 billion global portfolio of energy investments.  Since joining GE Capital in 1990, Walsh has held leadership positions in International, Capital Markets, Industrial and Asset Management. Prior to 1990, he held positions with GE Trading, GE Aviation and GE Corporate.   He is a graduate of General Electric’s Financial Management Program (FMP) and, following graduation, became the Global Program Manager for FMP.

Walsh graduated cum laude in 1982 from Fairfield University, where he received a B.S. in Business Management and was the recipient of the Richard B. Curtis Award for outstanding achievement in Management.  He is a member of the President’s Circle at Fairfield University and has served on the fundraising committee for the Annual Awards Dinner.

Walsh is co-founder and past president of the Fairfield Wildcats Youth Football League and an active supporter of the Kennedy Center (Trumbull, Conn.) and the Pan-Mass Challenge cycling fundraiser for cancer research.  He lives in Fairfield, Conn., with his wife, Sandy, and their two boys, Kyle and Cory.

Walsh said, “As a member of the Advisory Council, I hope to share my unique experiences from my career at GE and the energy industry to expand the dialogue, enliven the debate, and offer some insight that is useful to the facility and students at Fairfield.  I am excited and honored to be included on the Council.”


Kevin Cannon ’80
Chief Executive Officer at Zweig-DiMenna Associates LLC

Kevin Cannon, DSB Advisory Council member

Kevin is Chief Executive Officer of Zweig-DiMenna Associates, a New York based hedge fund adviser, a position he has held since 2000.  He started with the firm as COO in 1998, after he was asked by his classmate and friend, Joe DiMenna ’80, former University Trustee, to take on this new role.  Kevin began his career at Deloitte after graduating from Fairfield in 1980 with a B.S. in Accounting.  He was Partner in charge of the Connecticut tax practice prior to joining Zweig-DiMenna.

Kevin and his wife, Elaine live in Easton, CT with their 15-year old son Nicholas.

Kevin has been a member of the Fairfield Awards Dinner committee and a Director for the Connecticut Grand Opera.  He has also been the director of the DiMenna Foundation since 2003 which supports organizations in the arts, education and those for the development of children.

“I want to use my business experience and those of other business leaders to help students understand the range of opportunities our graduates have after receiving an education at Fairfield,” said Kevin, on joining the Advisory Council.

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