Jeffrey Shames

Senior Lecturer, Finance


Jeffrey Shames

Jeffrey L. Shames is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and an Executive in Residence at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He is the retired chief executive officer and chairman of MFS Investment Management and of the boards of trustees of the MFS Funds. Shames joined MFS in 1983 as an industry analyst, and was named a portfolio manager in 1985, chief equity officer in 1987, president and a member of the board in 1993, and chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) in 1998. In September 2002, he retired as CEO and retained the chairman title until his retirement in February 2004. At MIT Sloan, Shames teaches classes in Finance and Leadership. He is also a senior advisor to Morgan Stanley, where he advises them on their investment management, merchant banking, and global research businesses.

Shames is a member of the board of trustees of the X Prize Foundation; of City Year, a national service organization; and of Wesleyan University; and is the chairman of the board of the Berklee College of Music. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management, the MIT Leadership Center, the MIT Masters in Finance Program, and the Advisory Board of WGBH, the Boston PBS station. Before entering MIT Sloan, he was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in the Fiji Islands and worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Shames holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. 


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