Amb. Thomas Pickering, Ambassador Retired, joined Boeing in 2001 upon his retirement as US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, a position he held since May 1997. He served as Senior Vice President of International Relations and as a member of the Executive Council of The Boeing Company until July 1st 2006, where he oversaw the company’s international affairs, including those with foreign governments. He has been a Senior Advisor for the company since. In December 2006, he became Vice Chair of Hills & Company, which provides advice and counsel to a number of major US corporations. Ambassador Pickering was briefly President of the Eurasia Foundation, a Washington-based organization that makes small grants and loans in the states of the former Soviet Union.
Pickering holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the US Foreign Service, and has served as US ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan in a diplomatic career spanning five decades. From 1989 to 1993, he served as Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York, and from 1973 to 1974, as Executive Secretary of the Department of State and Special Assistant to Secretaries William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger.
Pickering entered on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1956-1959, and later served in the Naval Reserve to the grade of Lieutenant Commander. Between 1959 and 1961, he was assigned to the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the State Department and later to the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and from 1962 to 1964 in Geneva as political adviser to the U.S. Delegation to the 18-Nation Disarmament Conference.
He earned a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a bachelor's degree cum laude, with high honors in History from Bowdoin College. Ambassador Pickering was granted both the Distinguished Presidential Award and the State Department’s highest award - the Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations. He speaks French, Spanish and Swahili and has some fluency in Arabic, Hebrew and Russian.
Paul A. Volcker, economist, is currently Chairman of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and serves as a director and consultant to a number of corporations and non-profit organizations. Mr. Volcker was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank (from August 1979 to August 1987) under United States Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, where he is credited with the leading role in ending a period of high and rising inflation while restoring a base for sustained growth. From 1969 to 1974 Mr. Volcker served as under-secretary of the Treasury for international monetary affairs. He played an important role in the decisions surrounding the US decision to suspend gold convertibility in 1971, which resulted in the collapse of the Bretton Woods system.
Mr. Volcker acted as a moderating influence on policy, advocating the pursuit of an international solution to monetary problems. He was educated at Princeton, Harvard and the London School of Economics.
Rawi Abdelal is Associate Professor of Business, Government, and the International Economy at Harvard Business School. He is also a faculty associate at Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Professor Abdelal's first book, National Purpose in the World Economy, was published in autumn 2001. In it he describes how national identities influence the world economy. In addition he explains patterns of economic disintegration and reintegration among Russia and the other fourteen states that comprised the Soviet Union. National Purpose in the World Economy won the 2002 Shulman Prize as the most outstanding book on the international relations of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Professor Abdelal is currently at work on several new research agendas including a project explaining the international politics of Russia's oil and gas exports. He earned a PhD in Government from Cornell University.
Craig Barrett is a former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation, a post he held from May 2005 to May 2009.
Dr. Barrett attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California from 1957 to 1964, receiving Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science. After graduation, he joined the faculty of Stanford University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and remained through 1974, rising to the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Barrett was a Fulbright Fellow at Danish Technical University in Denmark in 1972 and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in England from 1964 to 1965. He is the author of over 40 technical papers dealing with the influence of microstructure on the properties of materials, and a textbook on materials science, Principles of Engineering Materials.
Dr. Barrett joined Intel Corporation in 1974 and held positions of vice president, senior vice president and executive vice president from 1984 to 1990. In 1992, he was elected to Intel Corporation's Board of Directors and was promoted to chief operating officer in 1993. Dr. Barrett became Intel's fourth president in 1997, chief executive officer in 1998 and chairman of the Board in 2005.
Barbara Barrett is a renaissance woman with expertise in the fields of international relations, law, business, aeronautics, and politics, and her successful career has led her to the position of chair of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.
Barrett was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate and was sworn in by Secretary of State Colin Powell on May 8, 2003. In the first annual report released with Barrett as chairman in September 2004, the commission did not hesitate to point out that public diplomacy is a critical national security issue and that coordinating a strategic message is key.
Before being the first woman to serve as chair of the commission, Barrett was the first woman to serve as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration and the first civilian woman to land an F18 Hornet on an aircraft carrier. She was a corporate officer in two different Fortune 500 companies before she was 30 and currently serves on the corporate boards for Raytheon and Exponent, Inc.
On the international stage, Barrett served as the President of the International Women’s Forum and chairman of the board of Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management. Additionally, she has worked on the boards of Harvard's Kennedy School, the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the Center for International Private Enterprise, The Freedom House, the National Legal Center, the National Constitution Center, the Horatio Alger Association and the Global Center for Dispute Resolution.
Barrett is the second of six children and was born and raised on a farm in Pennsylvania. She attended Arizona State University for her B.A., M.A. and law degrees. She and husband Craig Barrett, the president and CEO of Intel Corporation, live in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Alexander Braverman was appointed Director General of the Russian Housing Development Foundation by Vladimir Putin in August 2008. From 2006–2008, he served as Chairman of the Commission on Developing the Affordable Housing Market, under the President of the Russian Federation’s Presidential Council for the Implementation of Priority National Projects and Demographic Policy. He served as Chairman and President of the Russian Marketing Association. Mr. Bravermanserved his country as First Deputy Minister of Property Relations of the Russian Federation from 2000 to 2004, Acting Minister of State Property of the Russian Federation (1999), the First Deputy Minister of State Property from 1997 to 1999.
Dr. Braverman was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Production Organization in the Chemical Industry and he was head of the Department of Marketing and Management. He is a Graduate of the Kharkov Institute of Engineering and Economics, and a Doctor of Sciences in Economics.
Amb. James Collins, Ambassador Retired, is a senior international advisor in the Public Law and Policy practice group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP. He also works with Akin Gump Global Solutions, the firm's joint venture with First International Resources, Inc.
Collins served from 1997-2001 as U.S. Ambassador to Russia. He is one of America's leading authorities on US relations with Russia and Eurasia.
Before becoming Ambassador to Russia, Collins enjoyed a broad and distinguished State Department career. As a member of the Senior Foreign Service, he served as a presidential appointee both overseas and in Washington. He was Ambassador-at-large and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for the Newly Independent States and Deputy Chief-of-Mission and Charge’ d'Affaires with Ambassador Robert S. Strauss at the American Embassy in Moscow during the collapse of the USSR.
Timothy Colton is Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies and Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. His main interest is Russian and post-Soviet government and politics. He is the author of The Dilemma of Reform in the Soviet Union (1986); Moscow: Governing the Socialist Metropolis (1995), which was named best scholarly book in government and political science by the Association of American Publishers; Growing Pains: Russian Democracy and the Election of 1993 (1998); and Transitional Citizens: Voters and What Influences Them in the New RussiaPopular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000. (2000).
He is currently writing a book on the statecraft of Boris Yeltsin and coordinating a joint project on the post-Communist state. He was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a member of the Joint Committee on Soviet Studies of the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies, and vice-chairman of the National Council for East European, Russian, and Eurasian Research. He is currently a member of the advisory committee of the Kennan Institute, a member of the editorial board World Politics and Post-Soviet Affairs, and chairman of the international committee of the American Political Science Committee. Professor Colton received his PhD from Harvard University in 1974 in Russian history and politics.
Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He is Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and Director of the Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston. He teaches urban and social economics and microeconomic theory. He has published dozens of papers on cities, economic growth, and law and economics. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1992.
Bill Graebel is Chief Operating Officer of the Graebel Companies, Inc. while continuing his leadership position as President of Graebel Movers International, Inc. , a division of the parent company.
Mr. Graebel’s vision to make the Graebel name an undisputed global brand representing highest quality relocation and workplace services contributed to becoming one of the first household goods providers to receive the C-TPATdesignation for secure global supply chain management along with FAIM and ISO accreditations for the company's international division.
Mr. Graebel is an active member of Denver, Colorado-area organizations focused on the family. He is on the Board of Trustees for the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts and sits on the Board of Directors for Colorado Uplift. And, is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Rocky Mountain Employee Relocation Council, Denver West Ski Club. A recognized industry expert, Mr. Graebel is frequently asked to speak around the world.
He was conferred a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Political Science from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO.
Maurice R. Greenberg is a Director and the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of C. V. Starr. He joined C. V. Starr as Vice President in 1960 and was given the additional responsibilities of President of American Home Assurance Company in 1962. He was elected Director of C. V. Starr in 1965, President and CEO in 1968 and Chairman and CEO in 2005. Mr. Greenberg retired as Chairman and CEO of AIG in March 2005, after four decades of leadership that created the largest insurance conglomerate in history and generated unprecedented value for the shareholders.
Mr. Greenberg has a long history of involvement in China and currently serves on the International Business Leaders' Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai, Han Zheng. In 1994, Mr. Greenberg was appointed Senior Economic Advisor to the Beijing Municipal Government. He was awarded "Honorary Citizenship of Shanghai" in 1997 and the "Marco Polo Award" in 2005. In addition, Mr. Greenberg is a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Development Bank, a member of the Council of International Advisors of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and a member of the US-China Business Council.
Mr. Greenberg is the former Chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the largest Federal Reserve Bank in the U.S. Federal Reserve system, and is a former director of the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Greenberg is Honorary Vice Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, former Chairman and current member of U.S. Korea Business Council and former Chairman of the Asia Society. He is the founding Chairman of the U.S.-Philippine Business Committee and Vice Chairman of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council. Mr. Greenberg is also Chairman of The Starr Foundation in the U.S.
Mr. Greenberg received his pre-law certificate from the University of Miami and an LLB from New York Law School in 1950. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1953. He has been granted honorary degrees from a number of institutions, including New York Law School, Brown University and Middlebury College.
German Gref is the Minister for Economic Development and Trade in Russia and Chairman of the Board at the Strategic Development Center Foundation since 2000. Prior to this, he was First Deputy Minister of State Property of the Russian Federation from 1998-2000.
Mr. Gref was Vice Governor and Chairman of the Government of St. Petersburg Property Management Committee and prior to that, directed the Real Estate Department. Previously, he was also Chairman of the Property Management Committee and Deputy Chief of the Petrodvorets District Government.
Mr. Gref graduated from the Law Department of Omsk State University and undertook postgraduate studies in the Law Department of Leningrad State University.
Andrei Illarionov is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. From 2000 to December 2005 he was the chief economic adviser of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Illarionov also served as the president's personal representative (sherpa) in the G-8. He is one of Russia's most forceful and articulate advocates of an open society and democratic capitalism, and has been a long-time friend of the Cato Institute. Illarionov received his Ph.D. from St. Petersburg University in 1987. From 1993 to 1994 Illarionov served as chief economic adviser to the prime minister of the Russian Federation, Viktor Chernomyrdin. He resigned in February 1994 to protest changes in the government's economic policy. In July 1994 Illarionov founded the Institute of Economic Analysis and became its director. Illarionov has coauthored several economic programs for Russian governments and has written three books and more than 300 articles on Russian economic and social policies.
Donald Kendall is the co-founder of PepsiCo, serving as its Chief Executive Officer for 21 years before retiring in May 1986. Mr. Kendall served as Chairman of the Board’s Executive Committee from 1986 until 1991.
Throughout his career, Mr. Kendall has been very active in a variety of key cultural, economic and political organizations, both domestically and internationally. Major appointments include: National Alliance of Businessmen (Chairman, 1969; director for eight years); US-USSR Trade and Economic Council (first US Co-Chairman, 1973-1977), Emergency Committee for American Trade (Chairman, 1969-1976), the Chamber of Commerce of the United States (Chairman of the Board, 1981-1982), National Center for Resource Recovery, Inc. (Chairman from 1970 to 1976), Grocery Manufacturers of America (Chairman from 1969-1971) and the American Ballet Theatre Foundation (Chairman of the Board, 1977-1983).
Mr. Kendall received his undergraduate education at Western Kentucky State College and has earned a number of honorary doctorates in law and humane letters from schools throughout the country.
Sergei Konoplyov, Director of the Harvard Black Sea Security Program and Harvard Russian-US Security Program, served as Acting Director of the Eurasia Foundation for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova in 1994-1996. A former officer of the Soviet Armed Forces, he served in several military missions in Africa and Latin America. A graduate of the Moscow Military Institute, he also holds a degree from Kyrgyz University in Journalism (Cum Laude) and a Masters in Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government. He holds Ph.D. (Political Science) from Kiev Institute for International Relations. Since 1998 he is a member of International Institute for Strategic Studies. For the forth year Sergei continues his International Security Fellowship at Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University. Sergei was NATO Fellow in 1998-2000. Since 2000 Sergei serves as Advisor to Head of National Security and Defense Committee at Ukrainian Parliament. He is member in advisory boards of Review of International Affairs and Ankara Papers (Turkey).
Robert Lawrence is Albert L. Williams Professor of International Trade and Investment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Economics and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served previously as a member of the President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1998 to 2000 and held a Senior Fellowship at the Brookings Institution. Professor Lawrence formerly taught at Yale University where he received his PhD in economics.
With a primary research focus of trade policy, Lawrence authored several economic texts, including: Can America Compete?; Crimes and Punishments? An Analysis of Retaliation under the WTO; Regionalism, Multilateralism and Deeper Integration; and Single World, Divided Nations? He is also coauthor of: A Prism on Globalization; Globaphobia: Confronting Fears about Open Trade; A Vision for the World Economy; and Saving Free Trade: A Pragmatic Approach. Professor Lawrence has served on the advisory boards of the Congressional Budget Office, the Overseas Development Council, and the Presidential Commission on United States-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy.
Eddie LeBaron served as Managing Partner at Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro LLP until retirement in 1997 after a successful career practicing law. He is also a decorated U.S. military veteran, a former professional football player, and a successful sports industry executive.
As a Marine Corps officer in the Korean War, Mr. Lebaron earned a Bronze Star for valor and a Purple Heart. He returned home to take up a career in the National Football League, finishing 12 seasons with the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys and playing in four Pro Bowls.
Mr. Lebaron received his law degree at George Washington University and as a practicing attorney became a partner at Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro in 1988. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Lebaron served as General Manager for the Atlanta Falcons football team and was named NFL Executive of the Year in 1980.
Jean Lemierre has been the Advisor to the Chairman of BNP Paribas since he took office on September 1, 2008.
Mr Lemierre’s distinguished career in international finance includes his Presidency at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development from 2000 to July 2008, his appointment as Head of the French Private Office of the Minister of Economy and Finance, and as Director of France’s Treasury.
Mr. Lemierre has served as Chairman of the Paris Club, Chairman of the European Economic and Financial Committee, and as a member of the European Monetary Committee. He has also served as Head of France’s Internal Revenue Service, and as the Head of the Tax Policy Administration.
Mr Lemierre is a graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He earned a degree in law, and graduated from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.
Van McCormick is Founding Director of IEA. Before IEA, he was Director of Investment Symposia and Harvard-Kommersant Program lecturer both at Harvard’s Belfer Center. Before that, he was Principal Lecturer for the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH).
Before Harvard, Mr. McCormick had a notable Business career. He was involved in start-up and private equity ventures including Qeyton Systems that was sold to Cisco, President of IIHC, an acquisition company backed by First Data (FDC) and Stonington Partners and Managing Director at US Digital. He started at Hubbard Broadcasting’s KOB-TV (NBC) and led new media, ran Cityline Inc., and worked on USSB that merged into DIRECTV. Mr. McCormick served on the Bush/Quayle Presidential Council and the US Department of Commerce committee on high technology in 1992. Mr. McCormick's other charitable works include member of the Lecture Committee of the Harvard Club of Boston, religious and educational institutions, and he is an advisory board member of the Hermitage Museum Foundation. He received his BA at the University of New Mexico and an AMP from Harvard Business School.
Perry was U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1994-1997, after serving previously as Undersecretary of Defense (1993–94) and Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (1977–81). He currently serves on the board of directors of Anteon International Corporation and several emerging high-tech companies, as well as chairman of his company Global Technology Partners.
Perry received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State all in mathematics. He is currently a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Peter G. Peterson is chairman of The Blackstone Group, a private investment banking firm he co-founded in 1985. He is chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and founding chairman of the Institute for International Economics (Washington, DC). Mr. Peterson is also co-chair of The Conference Board’s Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise.
Mr. Peterson joined the White House staff as assistant to President Nixon for international economic affairs and was later named secretary of commerce. At that time, the president also asked Mr. Peterson to assume the chairmanship of National Commission on Productivity. Mr. Peterson was also the chairman of the US-Soviet Commercial Commission that negotiated the comprehensive trade- Ex-Im credits, arbitration, copyright and lend-lease agreements that were signed in November 1972. President Ford appointed Mr. Peterson chairman of the Quadrennial Commission on Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Salaries. For 1978 and 1979, Mr. Peterson was chairman of the US Council of the International Chamber of Commerce. In February 1994, President Clinton named Mr. Peterson as a member of the Bi-Partisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform co-chaired by Senators Kerrey and Danforth.
He was Chairman & CEO of Lehman Brothers and is a former director of Sony Corporation, 3M Company, Federated Department Stores, Black & Decker, General Foods, RCA, The Continental Group, and Cities Services. He was the CEO of Bell & Howell, where corporate sales doubled and operating income quadrupled. He has received numerous awards including “Business Statesman of the Year” by Harvard Business School Club of Chicago, the New York Board of Trade Award, and the Gotshal Award for “Exceptional Service in the Field of International Arbitration.” He was declared a Living Legend by the New York Historical Society and was also honored for a leadership award by the Harvard Business School. Mr. Peterson graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. (summa cum laude). He received his master’s in business administration with honors from the University of Chicago.
John A. Quelch is the Filene Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School where he teaches Marketing to senior executives on the School’s Advanced Management Program. Between 1998 and 2001 he was Dean of London Business School and, between 2001 and 2008, Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School. Prior to 1998, he was the Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing and Co-Chair of the Marketing Unit at Harvard Business School. Professor Quelch was on sabbatical in Shanghai in 2009 as the La Caixa Visiting Professor of International Management and Chairman of the Academic Advisory Council at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).
Professor Quelch is known for his teaching materials and innovations in pedagogy. Over the past twenty years, his case studies have sold over 3.4 million copies, third highest in HBS history. In 1995, he developed the first HBS interactive CD-ROM exercise (on Intel's advertising budgeting process). In 1999, he developed and presented a series of twelve one hour programs on Marketing Management for the Public Broadcasting System.
Professor Quelch’s research focus is on global marketing and branding in emerging as well as developed markets. His current research projects address (a) understanding the contributions of marketing to the functioning of democracies and (b) formalizing appropriate marketing and customer metrics for periodic review by boards of directors. Professor Quelch is the author, co-author or editor of twenty-five books, including Greater Good: How Good Marketing Makes for Better DemocracyBusiness Solutions for the Global Poor: Creating Social and EconomicValue (2007), The New Global Brands (2006), Global Marketing Management (5th edition, 2006), The Global Market (2005), Cases in Advertising and Promotion ManagementThe Marketing Challenge of Europe 1992 (2nd edition, 1991). He has published eighteen articles on marketing strategy issues in the Harvard Business Review, most recently “How To Market In A Downturn” (April 2009), and many more in other leading management journals such as McKinsey Quarterly and Sloan Management Review. Professor Quelch has served as an independent director of twelve publicly listed companies in the USA and UK. He is currently a non-executive director of WPP Group plc, Inverness Medical Innovations and BBC Worldwide Americas. He also serves pro bono as Chairman of the Port Authority of Massachusetts and as Honorary Consul General of Morocco in New England. Professor Quelch has been a consultant, seminar leader and speaker for firms, industry associations and government agencies in more than fifty countries. He is a member of the Council On Foreign Relations.
Professor Quelch was born in London, England, was educated at Exeter College, Oxford University (BA and MA), the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA), the Harvard School of Public Health (MS) and Harvard Business School (DBA).
Malcolm Salter has been a member of the Harvard Business School faculty since 1967. His teaching and research focuses on issues of corporate strategy, organization, and governance. Over the years, Professor Salter has taught and helped develop a wide variety of courses and currently teaches courses on Government, Corporate Control, Leadership Values, and Decision-Making in the MBA program.
His current research addresses how corporate governance and control systems affect the performance of firms. Professor Salter is also President of Mars & Co., a strategy consulting firm with offices in several locations worldwide. Professor Salter is a graduate of Harvard University, where he received his AB, MBA, and DBA degrees.
Joseph A. Stanislaw serves as an independent senior advisor to the Energy & Sustainability practice of Deloitte LLP. Dr. Stanislaw is founder of the advisory firm The JAStanislaw Group, LLC, specializing in strategic thinking and investment in energy and technology, and cofounder and former president and chief executive officer of Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).
As an energy industry leader, advisor, strategist and commentator with more than 30 years of industry experience, Dr. Stanislaw advises our U.S. and global energy industry leadership on future trends in the global energy market, and assists in shaping responses to those developments for the organization's clients, focusing on sustainable emerging technologies and innovation.
Jim began his career with Ernst & Young in 1977 in the US firm’s Houston office. Over the years, he has held a series of leadership positions throughout Ernst & Young. Jim was named Metropolitan New York Area Managing Partner of Ernst & Young LLP in 1998 and was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2000. In July 2001, he became Chairman and CEO. Based in New York and London, Jim serves as senior advisory partner for many of Ernst & Young’s largest global clients.
As Chairman, Jim sets a clear and strong tone from the top, focused on quality, integrity, and professionalism. He has worked to create a high-performance work environment with a highly visible leadership commitment to “Quality in Everything We Do.” Ernst & Young has been consistently recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.
Jim is actively engaged with many stakeholders as part of Ernst & Young’s commitment to enhancing the public’s trust in professional services firms and in the quality of financial reporting. He has encouraged dialogue with key stakeholders across the globe regarding the many changes facing the world capital markets, including the advent of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the United States, the introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards in more than 100 countries throughout the world, and the overall movement toward greater convergence of global auditing standards and global governance.
Throughout his career, Jim has actively supported numerous civic, cultural and business organizations. He co-chairs the Russia Foreign Investment Advisory Council. He is on the Board of Directors for Boy Scouts of America, Catalyst, the National Corporate Theater Fund and on the Board of Trustees for Rice University. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable and IBLAC (International Business Leaders' Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai). In October, 2007, he was appointed Chair for the Governing Board of the U.S. Center for Audit Quality and in March, 2009, was appointed Chair for Catalyst.
Jim holds a Master’s and a BA in Accounting from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Richard Vietor is the Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Studies and Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School where he teaches courses on the regulation of business and the international political economy. He received a B.A. in economics from Union College (1967), an M.A. in history from Hofstra University (1971), and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Pittsburgh (1975). He was appointed Professor in 1984.
Before coming to the Harvard Business School in 1978, Professor Vietor held faculty appointments at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the University of Missouri. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and Harvard's Newcomen Fellowship. In 1981, he received the Newcomen Award in business history. He serves on the editorial board of the Business History Review, the advisory board of IPADE (a private business school in Mexico), and the Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. Competitiveness Policy Council.
Professor Vietor's research on business and government policy has been published in numerous journals and books. He has also been a consultant to the Hudson Institute and the Energy Research and Development Administration, and is currently consultant to several corporations, including: IBM, Honeywell, General Electric, New England Telephone, AT&T, and Southern Bell.
Floyd C. Wilson is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Halcon Resources. He was formerly the President of HALRES LLC, an oil and natural gas company that he founded in October 2011. Mr. Wilson served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Petrohawk Energy Corporation from May 25, 2004 until BHP Billiton acquired Petrohawk for $15.1 billion, including assumed debt, in August 2011.
James A. Baker III has served in senior government positions under three United States Presidents. He served as Secretary of State under President George H.W. Bush and Secretary of the Treasury under President Ronald Reagan. As Treasury Secretary, he was also Chairman of the President's Economic Policy Council. From 1981 to 1985, he served as White House Chief of Staff to President Reagan. Mr. Baker's record of public service began in 1975 as Under Secretary of Commerce to President Gerald Ford and concluded with his service as White House Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to President George H.W. Bush.
Mr. Baker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and has been the recipient of many other awards for distinguished public service, including Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson Award, The American Institute for Public Service's Jefferson Award, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Award, The Hans J. Morgenthau Award, The George F. Kennan Award, the Department of the Treasury's Alexander Hamilton Award, the Department of State's Distinguished Service Award, and numerous honorary academic degrees.
Mr. Baker is presently a senior partner in the law firm of Baker Botts and Senior Counselor to The Carlyle Group. He is Honorary Chairman of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and serves on the board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Baker served as the Personal Envoy of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and was appointed Special Presidential Envoy for President George W. Bush on the issue of Iraqi debt.
Jack Kemp (July 13, 1935 – May 2, 2009) Mr. Kemp was Founder and Chairman of strategic consulting firm Kemp Partners and appointed co-chair of the Lincoln Bicentennial Cabinet to support the Commission’s public and private efforts. In March 2005 Mr. Kemp was asked to co-chair the Council on Foreign Relations’ Russia Task Force. He also served on Speaker Hastert’s Saving America’s Cities Working Group since early 2005.
From January 1993 until July 2004 he was co-director of Empower America, a Washington, D.C.-based public policy and advocacy organization he co-founded with William Bennett and Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick. In September 2001, Mr. Kemp helped form a new non-partisan, non-profit think tank, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies to counter the terrorist propaganda efforts. Mr. Kemp received the Republican Party’s nomination for Vice President in August of 1996 and since then has campaigned nationally for reform of taxation, Social Security and education.
In 1995, he served as chairman of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform, which promoted major reform and simplification of our tax code in order to unleash the American entrepreneurial spirit, increase economic growth and expand access to capital for all people. Jack Kemp served for four years as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and for seven years in the Republican leadership as Chairman of the House Republican Conference.
Robert Adam Mosbacher, Sr., (March 11, 1927 – January 24, 2010) accomplished Texas oilman and champion amateur sailor, served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the administration of George H. W. Bush.
On February 3, 1989, Mr. Mosbacher was sworn in as the 28th Secretary of Commerce following his unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate. His close friend, Secretary James A. Baker, III executed the oath of office as his other close friend, President George Bush, observed along with family and friends.
Secretary Mosbacher's central accomplishments while at the helm of the Commerce Department from 1989 to early 1992 included helping to lay the foundation for the North American Free Trade Agreement, significantly closing America's trade deficit with key trading partners such as Japan and South Korea, and prevailing in a unanimous Supreme Court decision following the 1990 census. His role in helping negotiate NAFTA, in particular, prompted Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo to present Mosbacher with the "Aztec Eagle Award," the highest decoration offered by the Mexican government to non-citizens.
Mosbacher has been hailed as one of the most effective political fundraisers in modern history, but it was his loyal friendship with, and devoted support of, George Bush that would lead him to the national political stage. His rise in politics stemmed in part from his success - or luck, as he routinely called it - in business. Following graduation from Washington & Lee University and acting on advice from his father, the 21 year-old moved to Houston from his native New York in 1948 to manage his father's energy investments and build his own portfolio. Mr. Mosbacher quickly built a highly successful oil and gas company with interests throughout the Gulf Coast, the Rocky Mountains, the Michigan basin, and eventually numerous international markets such as Spain, the Philippines, Canada, Tunisia, India, Peru and more. Since 1950, Mosbacher Energy has participated in the discovery and/or development of hundreds of millions of barrels of oil and almost a trillion cubic feet of natural gas. In recognition of his leadership in the industry, Mosbacher was elected to head the All American Wildcatters Association, the National Petroleum Council, and the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, among others.
Robert A. Mosbacher, Sr. was born March 11, 1927 in Mount Vernon, NY to Emil and Gertrude Mosbacher, and grew up in White Plains. Sailing victories came early and frequently to "Bobby" - as he was known then - on nearby Long Island Sound. Over a lifetime of skippering in New York and out of the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club he would amass numerous prestigious titles: the 1939 Long Island Sound Midget Sailing Championship; the 1941 and 1942 Long Island Sound Atlantic Class Championships; the 1957 and 1988 Scandinavian Gold Cup; the 1958 North American Clifford D. Mallory Trophy; the 1969 Dragon Class World Championship; and the 1971 Sailing Class World Championship.
In recent years, Mr. Mosbacher served as chairman of the Americas Society and Council on the Americas, on the boards of the Naval Academy Endowment and American Hospital in Paris Foundation, and as founder and president of the board of the Odyssey Academy Charter School in Galveston.
In the Houston area and nationally, Mosbacher's public service and philanthropy was wide-ranging and important to many public institutions and organizations. He twice served as chairman of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Board of Visitors where he led several highly successful capital campaigns. He also chaired other major initiatives for such organizations as the Woodrow Wilson Institute, The World War II Museum in New Orleans, and the Texas Heart Institute.
In September 2009, the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System approved the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy in the Bush School of Government and Public Service. Named for Mr. Bush's long-time friend and colleague, the initiative recognizes Mosbacher's years of service and commitment to improving the nation's domestic economy and trade relationships.
Robert J. Wussler (September 8, 1936 – June 5, 2010) was the President and CEO of Ted Turner Documentaries and Ted Turner Pictures. Wussler previously served as president of CBS Sports and, in 1980, joined Ted Turner as a co-Founder of CNN. For almost 10 years he oversaw the growth of SuperStation TBS as its President and, in 1988, was instrumental in the founding of TNT.
From 1989 to 1992, Wussler was President and CEO of COMSAT Video Enterprises, supervising the expansion of on-demand video in hotels. Wussler also managed the acquisition of the Denver Nuggets and served as the team’s managing general partner. Following several international entrepreneurial ventures, including Metromedia's European television distribution businesses, Wussler became president and CEO of ABC Affiliate Enterprises, the new media and marketing arm of more than 100 ABC television affiliates.