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CEO Production [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2005, 16:32
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Introduction to the CEO Production Thread

One of the most important questions of any business program is what types of positions do graduates of that program attain. Rather than rely one conventional wisdom regarding what types of degrees executives hold and where they received them, it made sense for us to engage in a more empirical, fact-based approach.

While this thread will not provide a definitive answer, it does provide some insight into the education backgrounds of executives at major firms.

This is only a small sample of the entire database I have collected over the years.

This article states that University of Wisconsin and Harvard are two of the the largest CEO producers in the United States:

http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pi ... MI5Fx8d9sM

Update: I have recently added some major firms outside of North America. I hope this additional information is helpful.

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2005, 22:00
More on CEOs and their higher education background:

http://www.forbes.com/2002/04/25/0425ceoschools.html

This both supports and violates conventional wisdom. On the one hand, Harvard apparently produces more MBA CEOs than any other business school. Of course, it is also one of the largest MBA producers in the world so its rank among CEO producers is reasonable. This violates conventional wisdom in that it suggests that an MBA from Harvard is not a necessary condition for becoming a major CEO- note that there are far more CEOs with no advanced degree at all than those who hold an MBA from HBS. It is interesting that more CEOs hold law degrees or graduate degrees in other fields than those who hold Harvard MBAs. Further, among the ultra elite schools, the companies headed by HBS MBA CEOs have unspectacular returns (but it is unclear how these values were calculated).

Intrigued by these reports on the education backgrounds of high level executives, I have included some raw data in this thread for browsing. Note how many high level executives have education from schools outside of the elite and ultra elite schools.

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2005, 22:58
Genworth Bios

http://www.genworth.com/press/management.html

CEO: BA Political Science Carleton

An interesting collection of degrees including some MBAs, an MIA, a Masters of Engineering.

MBAs include Missouri, Harvard, Northwestern, American, and NYU.

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Altria/Phillip Morris Bios

http://www.philipmorrisinternational.co ... e_bios.asp

http://www.altria.com/about_altria/01_0 ... gement.asp

Another interesting collection of degrees:
There appear to be 4 MBAs all from very well known programs (INSEAD, Penn, UVA, and Stanford)
There were also two JDs, an MA from Cambridge, a Masters of Finance, an Masters in Economy, a Masters in Industial Mgmt (Georgia Tech), a Masters in Industrial Engineering (Purdue), and an MA in marketing. Two executives attended Bocconi but it is unclear at what level.

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2005, 23:11
Travelocity Bios

http://svc.travelocity.com/about/press/ ... EO,00.html

CEO: Master's in PPE, Oxford University

CFO: MBA Washington University

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2005, 23:15
Sears Exec Bios

http://www.searsmedia.com/aboutsears/biographies.htm

Chair/CEO: Emory MBA

CFO: Duke MBA

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2005, 23:20
Ford Motor

Chair/CEO: MS Mgmt MIT, Bachelor Princeton

Ford Motor Credit Bios

Wholly owned subsidiary of Ford

http://www.fordcredit.com/companyInfo/e ... bios.jhtml

Chair/CEO: BS Business from Memphis State

CFO MBA Michigan State

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2005, 23:26
Disney Bios

http://corporate.disney.go.com/corporat ... _team.html

CEO: BA English Literature and Theater, Denison University

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Dow Corning Bios

http://www.dowcorning.com/content/about ... x_page.asp

CEO: PhD Organic Chemistry Iowa State

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2005, 23:55
IBM Bios

http://www-1.ibm.com/press/PressServlet ... nSequence=

Chair/CEO: BA A&S Johns Hopkins University

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 [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2005, 19:28
Intel Bios

http://www.intel.com/pressroom/execbios ... utiveBios&

CEO PhD Materials Science, Stanford
CEO-select: MBA UC Berkeley (May 2005)

CFO: MBA, Kansas

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 [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2005, 19:30
Guidant Bios

http://www.guidant.com/about/management/

CEO MBA Marketing Indiana University BS Pharmacy Purdue

CFO MBA Michigan

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 [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2005, 19:35
Sony Bios

http://news.sel.sony.com/corporateinfo/executive_bios/

Chair/CEO: Graduate of Waseda University

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Kodak Bios

http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier. ... cale=en_US

Chair/CEO: MS Mgmt MIT, MBA RIT, BBA Quant Methods Ohio State

CFO: BS, Accounting Penn State

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 [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2005, 19:23
Bank of America

http://www.bankofamerica.com/newsroom/b ... ioID=index

Chair/CEO: Bachelor Finance Georgia State, Exec Program at Stanford

Only 5 of the 12 executives have any advanced degree.
Three have MBAs and no other advanced degree, one has an MBA and a JD, and one has a JD.

The only MBA program repesented from the top two clusters was UC Berkeley. The other MBA programs included Rutgers, Pepperdine, and Univ of West Florida.

Two executives appear to have participated in executive training (one at Stanford and one at Duke).

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 [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2005, 13:59
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WOW!!! You'd imagine that atleast in banking that MBA's would be predominantly in the higher-up positions. I think I saw one or two and they were not from top 15 MBA's.....WOW!
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GE Bios

http://www.ge.com/en/company/companyinf ... e_bios.htm

Chair/CEO: MBA Harvard, BS Applied Math Dartmouth

[Genworth is included above as well]

Note that the one SVP/Finance CFO with an MBA from Columbia, one President/CEO has an MBA from Chicago, a President/CEO with an MBA from Carnegie, and the Chairman/CEO and CIO/SVP have MBAs from Harvard but that the other MBAs include Robert Morris College and Hofstra, an MS in Mgmt from Purdue. There are as many executives listed with LLB/JD degrees as executives with MBAs from ultra elite schools.

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 [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2005, 14:30
Merrill Lynch exectuive bios

http://www.ml.com/index.asp?id=7695_8134_8302

Chair/CEO: MBA (Finance) Harvard

CFO MBA Harvard

Columbia and Penn MBAs are well represented among the execs and Harvard Business and Thunderbird have more than one graduate present. Other MBAs programs represented include Michigan State, Penn State, a PG from Univ of Marmara, INSEAD, and Texas Christian

There are at least 4 JD/law and 2 CFAs, 1 MA in Economics/Acctg, and 1 PG in Philosophy.

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