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Sarah Irving
Born
Nationality Canadian
Education Rothesay Netherwood School
Dartmouth College (BA), (MBA)
Occupation Executive Vice President, Chief Brand Officer of Irving Oil
Board member of IWK Foundation
Rothesay Netherwood School
Parent(s) Arthur Irving, Sandra Irving
Relatives K.C. Irving, James K. Irving

Sarah Irving is the Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of Irving Oil, a Canadian oil refinery and member company of the Irving Group of Companies, since 2015. She is the granddaughter of K.C. Irving, and heir to billionaire Arthur Irving, with an estimated net worth of $7.01 billion USD.[1] As the only member of the Irving family running the company, it is suggested that Sarah Irving will eventually succeed ownership.

Business career[edit | edit source]

Upon graduating from college, Irving worked as a strategy consultant for Deloitte in New York for two years before returning back to school to receive her MBA. Upon graduating, Irving joined Ian Whitcomb, previously a partner at Deloitte, to lead the family-owned petroleum products refiner and distributor, Irving Oil.[2]

She is currently on the leadership team of Irving Oil, as the company's Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer.[3] In addition, Irving becomes the first of Arthur Irving's children to hold a senior position at the company, suggesting a possible succession plan at Irving Oil, in which Sarah Irving will take over the privately owned business.[4]

As Chief Brand Officer, Irving has led several initiatives to improve the oil company's community image, such as raising $300,000 to help defray hospital travel costs with the company's seven partner hospitals across Canada and New England.[5] She has also served as the key note speaker for a charity auction hosted by the Junior Achievement branch in Canada.[6] Additionally, Irving served as the key note speaker at the East Coast Energy Connection conference, in which she described the critical role that Saint John, Canada played in the future of Irving Oil.[7]

In 2016, Irving was listed as one of Canada's most powerful business people.[8]

Education[edit | edit source]

Irving graduated from the Rothesay Netherwood School in 2006, where she currently serves as a Governor.[9] In 2010, Irving received a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from Dartmouth College, where she rowed division 1 crew and competed at the NCAA Division I Rowing Championship.[10] In 2014, Irving received a Masters in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.[3]

Personal[edit | edit source]

Irving serves as an adviser to Dartmouth College's Dartmouth College Fund, the school's primary source of financial aid,[11] and on the Board of Governors for the Rothesay Netherwood School.[9] She is also a board trustee for the IWK Foundation.[12]

In 2016, Irving, Irving Oil, her family, and the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation made a lead gift of $80 million to Dartmouth College, founding the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society.[13][14] The donation was considered controversial by alumni of the college given the conflict of interest between Irving Oil and the center's mission of tackling global energy issues.[15] In addition, an opinion article in The Dartmouth directly criticized Irving for funding the institute.[16]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "#233, Arthur Irving, $7.01B". Bloomberg. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  2. "Former consultant to Irving Oil appointed at new chief executive officer". The Canadian Press. June 4, 2015. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Irving Oil Leadership Team". Irving Oil. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  4. Valdmanis, Richard (June 4, 2015). "Irving Oil names family member to senior role". Reuters. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  5. "Irving Oil's First Ever Fuel the Care Day to Help Local Families with Hospital Travel Costs". CNW Telbec. October 8, 2015. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  6. Bungay, Haley (January 25, 2017). "JA New Brunswick Proudly Hosts the 2017 Futures Unlimited Banquet & Silent Auction". Junior Achievement. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  7. Leger, Mark (June 6, 2017). "Sarah Irving and Arthur Irving Sell the Benefits of Building a Business in Saint John". Huddle. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  8. "Canada's Most Powerful Business People 2016: #21 — Sarah Irving". Rogers Media, Canadian Business. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "RNS DIRECTORS & GOVERNORS". Rothesay Netherwood School. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  10. "Dartmouth Women's Crew 2007 NCAA Championship media notes" (PDF). Dartmouth College Sports. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  11. "Young Alumni Advisory Board". Dartmouth College Fund. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  12. "IWK Foundation Board of Trustees". IWK Foundation. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  13. "Announcing the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society". Dartmouth College. September 16, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  14. "About the Donors, Irving Center". Dartmouth College. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  15. Asch, Joseph (September 28, 2016). "Irving: College Takes a PR Drubbing". Dartblog. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  16. Van Wie, David (September 27, 2017). "Dirty Money, Clean Cause". The Dartmouth. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 

See Also[edit | edit source]

CBC New Brunswick coverage of Sarah Irving


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