Welcome Ed Carney to LFGSM's Board of Directors

As an experienced Chief Executive and finance expert, LFGSM Class of 2001 alumnus Ed Carney shares significant leadership, analytics and innovation expertise with LFGSM’s business-leader Board.

LAKE FOREST, ILL. (November 18, 2013) - Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ed Carney, President & CEO of Superior Graphite Company, to its Board of Directors. Elected to the Board in September 2013, Carney will serve on the Board’s Finance & Audit Committee. In 2010, LFGSM honored Carney, an LFGSM Class of 2001 alumnus, with its Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a business leader and contributions to the wider business community.

“Ed Carney has served as a member of the School’s Business Advisory Council and is an active LFGSM Ed Carneyalumnus and noted business leader,” said LFGSM President & CEO John Popoli. “In all of these capacities he has long demonstrated a passion for helping LFGSM achieve its mission of improving the competence, confidence and ability of professionals and organizations to make significant contributions that lead to outstanding and measurable results. We are delighted to welcome him to our Board of Directors.”

Carney joined Superior Graphite in 1991; he has served as its President since 1998 and as President & CEO since 2001. Founded in 1917, Superior Graphite is a privately-held company that has grown to become a world-leading innovator of unique technologies in the graphite industry through an ongoing commitment to the core principles of ingenuity, versatility and integrity. Under Carney’s leadership, the company has excelled by adapting to ever-changing business and economic conditions and innovating to meet evolving customer needs, thereby enjoying continuous growth and profitability.

Prior to assuming his role as President & CEO, Carney served as President of the company’s start-up operations in Europe (Copenhagen, Denmark and Sundsvall, Sweden). Before joining Superior Graphite, Carney was a Securities Analyst for Danske Bank in Copenhagen, Denmark from 1984 to 1987, where he had responsibility for selling foreign stocks to Danish individuals and institutions. From 1984 to 1987 Carney held several positions, including credit analyst and banker, with United Bank in Denver (now Wells Fargo Bank).
“As a Class of 2001 alum, I’ve stayed connected with the School as a member of the Business Advisory Council. I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in this new capacity as a member of the Board,” Carney said. “I look forward to working with my fellow Board members and the LFGSM leadership team to continue to increase the School’s contributions to the students and business community it serves.”

Carney holds a BA from Colorado College and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Carney served on LFGSM’s Business Advisory Council from 2007 to 2013. Active in community service, he has served as a member of the Museum of Science and Industry’s Science Storms Advisory Committee, and a board member of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, The Winter Club of Lake Forest and Canterbury School (New Milford, CT). He has also coached youth soccer, hockey and baseball.


Lake Forest Graduate School of Management is an independent, accredited, not-for-profit graduate business school. LFGSM offers the Chicago area’s premier part-time MBA program for working professionals, with campus-based programs in Schaumburg and Lake Forest, fully online MBA options, and on site courses at some of the area’s leading companies. Learn more about Lake Forest Graduate School of Management’s Leadership MBA, Immersion MBA or Corporate Learning Solutions at www.LakeForestmba.edu.