Faculty Profile

John Saliling MBA, M. Eng.

Director of Wall Street Scholars, Lecturer

John joined the Department in the Fall of 2022. Before joining the faculty team, he worked for 30+ years as an investment professional, senior executive, and management consultant.

John was a Partner in Doma Capital, an investment firm focused on acquiring iconic brands, distinctive real assets, and industry leaders. Previously, he was a Partner at Orion Partners, managing over $1 Billion in private equity & real estate. John has invested in companies across industries, countries, and sizes ($10mil-$150mil). These have included the buyout of Philips Semiconductor business (Nexperia), transportation, chemical, agriculture, and fast food (Burger King). At Orion, he was also the CEO of a publicly listed company with diversified industrial/consumer businesses with $900 mil revenue and 2800 employees.

Before joining Orion, John was the Managing Director of Cisco Systems Consulting (Asia Pacific), where he worked with leading companies and governments to improve their businesses/organizations. Before Cisco, he was the Founder/CEO of Similan.com, a regional e-commerce company that grew into ten countries, and the COO of Eutech, an enterprise software company. He was also a Principal at Booz Allen, co-heading the telecom, media, and technology strategy practice (Asia Pacific) based in New York, London, and Hong Kong.

John has served on the Boards of innovative start-ups, multi-billion-dollar global businesses, various companies across industries & regions, and private equity/real estate investment funds.

John has a passion for travel, history, and experiencing diverse cultures and has lived, worked, and traveled in over 25 countries.

John holds an MBA in finance, a Master of Engineering, a BS from Cornell University, and was a Knight Scholar.

Contact Information

Department: Finance and Quantitative Methods
Email: john.saliling@uky.edu
Office: Gatton College of Business
Personal Website


MBA in Finance, Cornell University, 1989
Masters in Engineering, Cornell University, 1988
BS in Engineering, Cornell University, 1986

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