Vijay Singal has been a member of Sapient’s Board since June 2008. He is a J. Gray Ferguson Professor of Finance at the Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, where he served as the Department Head of Finance from 2003 to 2009. He served on the Board of Trustees and Audit Committee of New River Funds, a family of mutual funds, from 2003 to 2008.
Singal is an accomplished teacher and researcher with numerous articles in the top Finance journals on a wide variety of topics including mergers, corporate governance, pricing and market power, executive compensation, index changes, short selling, currency risk management, and market efficiency. He authored a book, Beyond the Random Walk, published and reissued in paperback by Oxford University Press. Additionally, he provides consulting services based on his academic research, which has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune, among others.
Prior to entering academia, Singal worked for ten years at the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation in India, holding various positions, finally as a joint director of finance. Some of his responsibilities included negotiating foreign currency syndicated loans, managing foreign exchange risk, and negotiating contracts with shipyards in Norway, Singapore, France and Japan.
Singal graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, with an MBA in Finance, and with a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Michigan.