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 is a Partner in Doma Capital, an investment firm focused on acquisitions of 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 been involved with investments across industries, countries, and sizes ($10mil-$150mil). These have included a global semiconductor business, transportation, chemicals, agriculture, and fast food. At Orion, he was also the CEO of a publicly listed company with diversified industrial/consumer businesses with $900 million in revenue and 3,000 employees.

Before joining Orion, John was the Managing Director of Cisco Systems consulting (Asia Pacific), working 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 COO of Eutech, an enterprise software company. He was also a Principal at Booz Allen & Hamilton, based in New York, London, and Hong Kong, and co-head of the telecom, media, and technology strategy practice (Asia Pacific).

John has been a Board member of innovative start-ups, multi-billion dollar global hi-tech businesses (e.g., Nexperia), and investment funds. He was also a member of the investment committee of a $ 250 million real estate fund.

John has a passion for travel, history, and experiencing diverse cultures and has lived, worked, and traveled in over 25 countries and driven across the US 4 times.

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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