Don Laing

Co-founder of CornerStone Partners


Don Laing is the co-founder of CornerStone Partners, a full service Outsourced CIO firm in Charlottesville managing over $10 billion in assets for a select group of nonprofit educational, healthcare and conservative endowments and foundations. He retired after 20 years with the firm in 2016.

Prior to establishing CornerStone Partners, Don was a Managing Director, and a member of the management committee, of ING Barings in London where he built a business that expanded the global client base for the firm. Previously, he spent 16 years with Solomon Brothers primarily in New York and Hong Kong. Responsibilities included serving as the founder and director of the firm's Asia Pacific Private Investment Department in Hong Kong, director and head of private client business for Salomon Brothers Asset Management, and as a manager of Salomon Brothers US Private Client Investment Department. Don began his career with Goldman Sachs in 1971.

Don was a founding trustee, and chairman of the Finance Committee, of the University of Virginia College Foundation. He was selected, with three other alumni, to serve on the founding board of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company when it was reorganized in the late 1990's.

He currently serves on the boards of the Virginia chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, and the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation. He and his wife of more than 50 years, Mary-Mac, moved to Charlottesville in 1997.


B.A., University of Virginia; M.B.A., Emory University