Robert C. Pozen

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Robert C. Pozen

About

Robert C. Pozen is currently a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

In 2012, he won acclaim for a popular book entitled Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours. In the Spring of 2021, he will be publishing a new book on productivity when working remotely, entitled, Remote Inc.: How to Thrive at Work…Wherever You Are.

In 2004, Bob became the executive chairman of MFS Investment Management, which now manages over $400 billion for mutual funds and pension plans. Between 2004 and 2011, MFS’s assets under management nearly tripled from a base of $130 billion.

During his distinguished career, Bob has been active in business, government and academia. Prior to joining MFS, he was vice chairman of Fidelity Investments and president of Fidelity Management & Research Company. During Bob’s five years as president, Fidelity’s assets increased from $500 billion to $900 billion.

In late 2001 and 2002, Bob served on President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, where he developed a progressive plan to make the system solvent. In 2003, Bob served as Secretary of Economic Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. In 2007, he served as chairman of the SEC's Committee to Improve Financial Reporting.

Bob is currently an independent director of AMC (a subsidiary of the World Bank). He previously was an independent director of Nielsen, Medtronic PLC, and BCE (the parent of Bell Canada). He also serves as chairman of the Leadership Council of the Tax Policy Center, chairman of the Advisory Board of Agility (an outsourced CIO), trustee of the IFRS Foundation (international accounting), and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  

Bob frequently writes articles for the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. He has published a book on the recent financial crisis, Too Big To Save? How to Fix the US Financial System, and a guide for investors entitled The Fund Industry: How Your Money is Managed.

Bob graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and holds a law degree from Yale Law School, where he also obtained a doctorate for a book on state enterprises in Africa. He lives in Boston with his wife of over 40 years.

 

 

 

Honors

Pozen appointed as a trustee to IFRS

Publications

"Revising the definition of an accredited investor for individuals."

Pozen, Robert C., and Patrick J. Ryan. Brookings Report, July 17, 2020.

"Opinion: Muni bond investors could lose out as pension crisis cripples many U.S. cities."

Pozen, Robert C. and Joshua Rauh. Market Watch, June 8, 2020.

"Federal Stimulus Favors Wealthy Investors and Major Companies."

Pozen, Robert C. The Hill, May 13, 2020.

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Impactful leadership in the era of the remote team

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Bob Pozen talks with Tate Ryan-Mosley, reporter at MIT Technology Review, during MIT Technology Review's EmTech Next conference. The discussion surrounds "Impactful leadership in the era of the remote team."

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REMOTE, INC.: A new book by MIT Sloan’s Robert C. Pozen

What’s the best way, in a remote environment, to combat feelings of isolation? And how can you strike a balance of home and remote work that makes you truly happy and fulfilled?

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