Outstanding Alumni of the Year

William Carney '69

A new tradition has started! The LAS Alumni Association is excited to honor our very first Outstanding Alumni of the Year, William Carney, from the class of 1969! 

The Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award will be presented to an LAS alumnus or alumna each year to recognize their individual personal achievements, contributions to their industries or professions, and service to their community and the greater good of the world.

Entrepreneur, professor, board member, disc jockey, and community leader are just a few titles Bill goes by. Growing up in New York and then moving to Freetown, Sierra Leone, Bill has lived and worked all over the world. A graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, Bill shortly after began his career as a Planning Manager in Africa for General Motors, he subsequently spent the next few years traveling the continent doing market analysis and working on distribution channels. Bill was named the first recipient of the General Motors International Fellowship and the company sponsored his MBA at IMI in Geneva, Switzerland (now IMD, Lausanne). Without surprise, he graduated at the top of his class. Since then Bill has become a university professor himself, working with the Hult International Business School, founded a record studio in Geneva which has expanded into Laughing Bear Productions, DJ’ed on the Swiss radio air waves hosting the “Dr. Bill Show” and had a confirmed audience in excess of 2 million people on Friday and Saturday nights, and consulted for large companies and NGOs across the world on marketing and DEIJ (diversity, equity, inclusion, & justice). He also works with the Human Library, a Danish not-for-profit organization with the goal to create better understanding of diversity in order to help create more inclusive and cohesive communities across cultural, religious, social, and ethnic differences.

Beyond Bill’s incredible and diverse professional career, he has put much of his time and energy into supporting LAS, his alma mater. Bill has been an alumni induction speaker, been a DJ for three proms, donated his professional services as a marketing expert during our admissions retreat, and now is advising LAS on DEIJ. Bill also serves on the LAS United States Advisory Board. He has two children and spreads his time between Boston and Geneva. 

We are delighted to honor him with this award at our 2021 graduation ceremony. The entire LAS parent and alumni community will have the opportunity to see Bill offer a few words of advice to our graduating students. Thank you so much Bill!

Bill Carney Alumnus of Leysin American School in Switzerland
Bill Carney Leysin American School in Switzerland
Class of 1969 Bill Carney Leysin American School in Switzerland