Every year the award committee selects a well-known person as the Outstanding 50 event featured speaker. Please scroll down for information about our previous featured speakers.
Vik Sawhney is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone and Chief Operating Officer of the Private Equity group. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Sawhney worked as a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsors Group at Deutsche Bank, where he was responsible for managing the firm’s relationships with Blackstone and several other large private equity firms. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Sawhney was an Associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Mr. Sawhney represented Blackstone as a Rockefeller Fellow during 2010-2011. He currently serves on the Board of Harlem RBI, an east Harlem social services and educational organization, and is also a Trustee of the Rye Country Day School. Mr. Sawhney received a BA, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Norman C. T. Liu is President and CEO of GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aviation leasing and financing unit of General Electric. Mr. Liu is a 26-year veteran of GE Capital, with 18 years at GECAS. Mr. Liu joined GECAS in 1995 and served as Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations from 1996 to 2009. He was named a Corporate Vice President of GE Capital in 1992 and was appointed a Corporate Vice President of GE in 2002. Mr. Liu has served as Corporate Champion of the GE Asian Pacific American Forum and is a member of the Committee of 100, a leading Chinese American organization, and AALDEF, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Mr. Liu earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale and an MBA from Harvard Business School.