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John H. McArthur

John H. McArthur was Dean of the Faculty, Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, from 1980 to 1995. He was a member of the Harvard Business School faculty from 1962, where he taught courses in corporate finance and related fields in several School programs while also engaging in research and course development in Europe and North America. In 1973, McArthur was appointed the Sylvan C. Coleman Professor of Financial Management, and in 1980, the George F. Baker Professor of Business Administration. Currently he serves as Senior Advisor to the President of The World Bank.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, McArthur earned the Bachelor of Commerce degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia in 1957. At the Harvard Business School, he completed the MBA degree in 1959 and earned a doctorate in business administration in 1963.

He has held numerous corporate directorships, committee memberships, and consulting posts in business, government, education and health care organizations around the world over the years. He was a director of the Chase Manhattan Corporation, a Trustee in Bankruptcy of Penn Central Transportation Company, a founding board member of the Canada Development Investment Corporation and most recently served as a member of the Task Force on the Future of the Canadian Financial Services Sector. For many years, he served as chair of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Subsequently he was Co-chair of the Board of Trustees of Partners HealthCare System, Inc. He is currently a Director of AES Corporation; Ardais Corp.; BCE Inc.; BCE Emergis; Cabot Corporation; e-Rewards, Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline, plc; HCA Inc; Koç Holdings, A.S.; Rohm and Haas Company; and Telesat Canada. He has been a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and a board member of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. McArthur has also served on the boards of overseers of several academic organizations, including Brandeis University Graduate School; Foundation Jean Monet, Lausanne; International Institute for Management Development; Koç University, Istanbul; The Netherlands School of Business, Nijenrode; Nomura School of Finance and Business Studies, Tokyo; and the Graduate School of the University of British Columbia. He is a Trustee of Reuters Founders Share Company Limited, in London.

He has received Distinguished Alumni awards from Burnaby South High School, the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration at UBC, and from the University of British Columbia. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from Middlebury College, Queens University in Ontario, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Navarra in Spain. Other recent awards have included a Management Achievement Award, McGill University, Harvard Statesman Award from the HBS Club in New York, and a Canadian Business Leadership Award from the HBS Clubs of Canada. The John and Netilia McArthur University Professorship was established at Harvard University in 1997 and McArthur Hall was dedicated in 1999 in recognition of their contributions at Harvard.

1 March 2003

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