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Thoman, Richard

Visiting Professor and Visiting Leader, CEIBS;
Former CFO, IBM Corporation;
Former CEO, Xerox Corporation

G. Richard Thoman is the managing partner of Corporate Perspectives, a New York corporate strategy advisory and investing firm.  He is currently Visiting Professor and Leader in Residence, CEIBS, Shanghai, China. He is also an adjunct professor of international business at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a professor of practice at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  Mr. Thoman is a broadly experienced executive, with the distinction of being one of the few individuals to have been a “top five” executive for four “Fortune 75” U.S. corporations in three different industries: financial, food and technology. He was president and chief executive officer of the Xerox Corporation (1999-2000). Dr. Thoman joined Xerox in 1997 as president and chief operations officer. Prior to joining Xerox, Dr. Thoman was a senior vice president and group executive and then chief financial officer of IBM and served as IBM’s number two executive. Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Thoman was president and chief executive officer of Nabisco International, and chairman and co-chief executive officer of American Express Travel Related Services. Dr. Thoman was also a senior advisor to Evercore Partners and previously in his career worked at McKinsey.

Dr. Thoman’s primary interest is international business education. He serves on a number of business and international school boards, including the INSEAD International Council; the McGill University School of Management; the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (where he is Chairman); the McGill University International Advisory Board and several boards of the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. He was previously a member of the Yale School of Management Board.

Dr. Thoman also serves on a number of business and foreign policy boards, such as Schneider Electric, the Americas Society, the Council of the Americas, the French American Foundation, and the Committee for Economic Development.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (where he serves on the Nomination and Governance Committee), the Economics Club of New York, and Business Executives for National Security. He is a past member of the Business Council and Business Roundtable as well as a past board member of Xerox, Fuji Xerox, Chrysler Corporation, Daimler Chrysler, Union Bancaire Privee, Club Med, and Bankers Trust. He received his B.A. from McGill University, a graduate degree from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), and three graduate degrees (including a Ph.D.) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.