Ian White-Thomson formerly was chairman and CEO of U.S. Borax Corporation. He also served as executive director of the Los Angeles Opera and on its board of directors. He has been involved in various community organizations, including the boards of KCET, the Los Angeles Master Chorale (led by Grant Gershon, BM ’85), the California Club and the Colburn School of Performing Arts, as well as the committee to save the Ambassador Auditorium. Mr. White-Thomson is co-chair of the Board of Visitors at Claremont Graduate University School of Educational Studies. He was born in England, and discovered the joys of classical music and opera in particular while majoring in classics at New College, Oxford.