Nation's CEOs Gather at Yale CEO Summit to Address Evolving Global Markets and to honor Richard J. Harrington, President & CEO of The Thomson Corporation
New Haven, Conn., December 12, 2007 – The 56th gathering of the Yale CEO Summit of The Chief Executive Leadership Institute will take place at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City on Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14. The conference theme is “Inventing & Competing in a Brave New World: Winning Globally by Playing Smarter.”
Distinguished global corporate leaders from across industries will engage in lively, candid discussions with regulators, judges, shareholder activists, and scholars at this largely off-the-record, invitation-only leaders’ conference hosted by the Yale School of Management.
Members of the press are invited to attend the conference dinner on Thursday and the Friday lunch session. These are the only sessions that are on-the-record.
On Thursday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m., Richard J. Harrington will be presented with the Legend in Leadership Award by Vanguard Group founder John Bogle and Xerox Corporation’s Chairman & CEO Anne Mulcahy. The dinner panel is entitled “Why Do I Bother to Battle? Courageous Champions of Conscience and Controversy.”
The closing lunch panel on Friday, December 14 at 12:30 p.m., entitled “Did the Media Become the Message? Heisenberg Meets McLuhan,” will feature Alan Murray, executive editor of the Wall Street Journal Online; Jonathan Wald, senior vice president, business news of CNBC; and Rui Chenggang, anchor of China Central Television. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.
Conference participants include financiers such as Stephen Schwarzman of The Blackstone Group, John Thain of Merrill Lynch, Thomas James of Raymond James, and Wilbur Ross; CEOs such as Ivan Seidenberg of Verizon, Anne Mulcahy of Xerox, Mark Fields of Ford Motor Company, David Neeleman of JetBlue, Joseph McGrath of Unisys, Rick Goings of Tupperware, A.D. Frazer of Danka, and Brian Walker of Herman Miller; former CEOs such as Vanguard founder Jack Bogle, Ray Gilmartin of Merck, Chris Galvin of Motorola, and E. Stanley O’Neal of Merrill Lynch. In addition, the group of 120 opinion leaders will include public officials such as Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Labor; Jed Rakoff, U.S. District Court Judge; Donald Powell, Federal Coordinator of Gulf Coast Rebuilding; Charles Millard, Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation; and Cynthia Glassman, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs.
“Some of our participants celebrated great triumphs this year, others blazed new uncertain paths, and still others suffered tragic setbacks or are leading breathtaking transitions,” said Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, associate dean of the Yale School of Management and conference organizer. “All of them are distinguished and honorable people with highly varied strategic leadership challenges and personal values. We are thrilled to continue to provide a safe oasis for candid discussions and peer-driven learning. The elevated expectations for far-ranging internal accountability, sophisticated technical knowledge, and constant external engagement have created near superhuman CEO job descriptions. This conference will share the secrets of how 100 industrial titans have triumphed in such daunting roles.”
Conference sponsors include: Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte & Touche LLP, NYSE Euronext, CNBC, and Russell Reynolds Associates.
About Legend in Leadership Award Recipient Richard Harrington
Richard Harrington is president and CEO of The Thomson Corporation, a leading global provider of integrated information solutions to business and professional customers in the sectors of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research and healthcare.
Since his appointment as CEO in October 1997, Mr. Harrington has led the transformation of Thomson from a diverse holding company into a focused provider of integrated information solutions.
Mr. Harrington has held a number of key leadership positions during his Thomson career, including president and chief executive officer of Thomson Newspapers; president and chief executive officer of Thomson Professional Publishing, a provider of business information for legal, tax, and accounting professionals; president and chief executive officer of Mitchell International, a leading supplier of information for the automotive and insurance industries; and president of Thomson & Thomson, the leading international trademark and copyright research firm. He joined Thomson in 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts.
In addition to serving on The Thomson Corporation's board of directors, Mr. Harrington serves on the boards of directors of Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) and the Norwalk Community College Foundation, and is a member of the board of trustees for The Connecticut Center for Science & Exploration. Mr. Harrington also serves on the advisory boards of the William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global Leadership at Dartmouth's Tuck Business School, the College of Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island (URI), and URI's President's Council.
Mr. Harrington holds a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Rhode Island. In 2002, he was also presented an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from URI. Mr. Harrington began his professional career with Arthur Young & Co., where he became a licensed C.P.A.
Recently, Harrington helped strike a $17.6-billion merger with Reuters Group PLC.
Past winners of this award include: Stephen Schwarzman, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of The Blackstone Group; The Home Depot founder Bernard Marcus; Vanguard founder Jack Bogle; PepsiCo’s Roger Enrico, Coca-Cola’s Don Keough; Jim Kelly of UPS; Richard Teerlink of Harley-Davidson; Staples founder Tom Stemberg; Charlotte Beers of J. Walter Thompson; catalog retailer Lillian Vernon; Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson; Quincy Jones; Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. of Kohler Co.; financier, entrepreneur, and regulator William Donaldson; and Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone.
The Chief Executive Leadership Institute, the world's oldest CEO college, is part of the Yale School of Management. It was founded in 1989 to provide original research on leadership and lively current educational forums through peer-driven learning for accomplished leaders across sectors. To learn more about the CELI, visit: http://www.ceoleadership.org.
For an interview with Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, or to register for the Legend in Leadership Award dinner or the closing lunch, contact Tabitha Wilde: 203-432-6010, email@example.com, or Bonnie Blake: 203-432-0867; firstname.lastname@example.org.