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Harvard University

12 Oxford St. # 373

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

United States

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The Harvard Art Museums, among the world's leading art institutions, comprise three museums (Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler) and four research centers (Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the Center for the Technical Stud ... more

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bachelor's degree

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business administration

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Board of Directors | Loews Corporation [cached]

Joseph L. Bower

Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Member of Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees

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Dr. Bower and Mr. Thompson serve as Class I Directors with a term of office expiring at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Joseph L. Bower
Joseph L. Bower, D.B.A., joined the Board of Directors in February 1993 and has served as lead director since April 2005. Since July 2014, he has been the Donald Kirk David Professor Emeritus at Harvard Business School. From 2008 through 2014, he was the Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and prior to 2008, he was the Donald Kirk David Professor of Business Administration. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Bower also served in many administrative roles at Harvard Business School, including as Senior Associate Dean. Dr. Bower also serves as a director of Loews Corporation and the New America High Income Fund, Inc. During the past five years, Dr. Bower also served as a director of Brown Shoe Company, Inc. and Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. He holds an A.B., as well an M.B.A. and a D.B.A. from Harvard University. Dr. Bower brings to the Board more than four decades of experience in business strategy, corporate governance, leadership, and management, during which time he has written books about and taught these subjects at the Harvard Business School. Additionally, he has consulted with numerous organizations on matters related to strategy, organizational development, and succession planning. As a result, we believe he is well suited for his roles as Lead Director and as Chairperson of our Compensation Committee.
Dr. Bower serves as the Lead Director of the Board.
The current members of the Audit Committee are Mr. Land, as Chairperson, Dr. Bower, and Mr. Thompson.
Mr. Land and Dr. Bower served on the Audit Committee throughout 2015, and Mr. Thompson's service on the Audit Committee began on July 1, 2015.
The current members of the Compensation Committee are Dr. Bower, as Chairperson, Dr. Larsen, Mr. Thompson, and Mr. Wheeler, each of whom is independent for purposes of NASDAQ listing standards and the SEC.
Thompson and Wheeler and Dr. Bower served on the Compensation Committee throughout 2015.
The Board has adopted a retirement policy providing that directors will not be nominated for election to the Board of Directors after their 75 th birthday, which was waived by the Board of Directors in relation to the election of Dr. Bower at the 2015 Annual Meeting due to his distinguished experience and unique leadership position with our company and the Board of Directors.
Joseph L. Bower
This amount includes (i) 5,210 shares subject to restricted stock units and 1,540 shares subject to stock appreciation rights that are exercisable within sixty days of March 31, 2016, and (ii) 2,000 shares owned by Dr. Bower's spouse. The restricted stock units are unvested and will be fully vested if Dr. Bower leaves our company in good standing.

New York City Office Space & Entrepreneur Blog | Sunshine Suites [cached]

This lecture, by Joseph L. Bower, Professor, Harvard Business School, is one of the 10 videos Inc. Magazine recommends for every entrepreneur. Check the full list here.

Why Major Companies Like Whole Foods And Chipotle Have 2 CEOs - HR in ASIA [cached]

Sometimes referred to as "two-in-the-box," the unusual structure can provide "increased scope and broader capacity," Joseph L. Bower, a management professor at Harvard Business School, told Business Insider. Bower, who wrote about two-in-the-box organizations in his book, "The CEO Within," thinks that co-CEOs can better lead certain companies.

"If one CEO is on a global tour of facilities, the other can deal with the government at home," Bower offered as an example.
Having dual CEOs is more common in countries like Germany, said Bower, where "collective management is a tradition of sorts.
Bower also recognises that most companies that try the system will feel the strain of divided command. "It takes great discipline to consult when appropriate, be decisive when needed, and not blow up the arrangement when one's partner has violated an aspect of the arrangement," he said.
Despite the risks, Bower thinks that the U.S. may be gradually moving toward a leadership culture more akin to Germany's, in which co-CEOs would not be such a rarity. "[A]s we strengthen the non-executive chairman's role, as well as the lead director, we may - in effect - be moving in that direction," he said.

A brief definition of strategy « John Caddell's blog [cached]

This month's Harvard Business Review features an article (free link) by Joseph Bower of Harvard Business School and Clark Gilbert of Brigham Young University Idaho on corporate strategy.

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