Virginia Cargill ’70

Director, Abbot Academy Director

Virginia Cargill has over 40 years of experience in consumer-packaged goods, retail, shopper- marketing, healthcare publishing and digital out of home media; as a client, service provider, and successful entrepreneur. She currently provides consulting, strategic planning and interim C-suite services to private equity, consulting firms, early-stage companies, and non-profit organizations. She also allocates a significant amount of her time to education, currently chairing the Board of Directors at The Southport School and serving on the Board of Trustees at Fairfield Country Day School where she was also a prior Board Chair.

Virginia’s current consulting services include Airigan Solutions, a growing housewares/specialty food company, where in April 2017 she helped to launch The Negg, a #1 on-line best seller. Today Airigan Solutions continues to expand its product line and remains a top seller on a wide range of on-line retail networks and in specialty retail stores nationwide. Virginia is also actively assisting local non-profits to develop strategic plans and expand their engagement; currently, Trinity Spiritual Center and Southport Non-profit Roundtable.

In addition, during 2016/17 Virginia was the acting President of 33 Degrees Convenience Connect, Louisville, KY, a media company launching a 3,000-store digital network in Circle K stores nationwide. Prior to these assignments, Virginia worked with HCAP, a private equity firm in San Diego, where she was the interim COO of their portfolio company, On Campus Media, up to its sale in May 2016. She was also affiliated with KeyRock Consulting and Redding Consulting where she worked on a variety of strategic planning and marketing assignments. From 2010 to 2012 Virginia worked with Alerion Partners, a private equity firm in Darien, CT. where she served as the founding CEO of Health Focus Media; a specialty focused healthcare portfolio company that provided patient education through a private television network in doctors’ waiting rooms. She subsequently created for World Health Networks, a second television network, Smart TV, for the College of Cardiology. Both networks were sold to HealthBridge and now are part of the Health Media Network, Stamford, CT.

Prior to her role at Alerion Partners, Virginia was the President and CEO of CBS Outernet the New York City- based digital media division of CBS, providing in-store digital TV networks to grocery stores, GameStop and other retail locations, reaching over 78 million people nationwide every week. During that time, Virginia was also a co-founder of Caring Today Magazine/Caring Today.com which from 2002-2009 provided a quarterly magazine and website to family caregivers in over 30,000 doctors’ offices and 1,500 hospitals. The publication was sold in 2009.

Previously, Virginia was the President of Lamaze Publishing/Newborn Channel, which became iVillage Parenting Group now part of NBC/Comcast and The Wellness Channel, respectively. Virginia also held significant leadership roles with in-store communications provider, ActMedia, where for over 12 years she helped develop and manage the most successful in-store promotional products launched to date. ActMedia was acquired by News Corporation in 1997, and became known as News America Marketing,

Virginia began her career in brand management at General Mills and P&G after she received degrees from Wellesley College and the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.

Today Virginia serves on the board of the P&G Alumni of New York and the Board of Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott, Inc in addition to the two schools mentioned previously.

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