Robert Pozen

Visiting Senior Lecturer


Robert PozenBob Pozen is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He is also a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School as well as a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has extensive experience in business, government and journalism.

Bob was executive chairman of MFS Investment Management from 2004 to 2011; during this period, the assets of MFS more than doubled from a starting point of $130 billion.

From 1987 through 2001, he served in various positions at Fidelity Investment. During his tenure as President of Fidelity Management and Research, from 1997 thru 2001, the assets of the Fidelity Funds rose from $500 billlion to $900 billion.

Bob served as Associate General Counsel of the SEC in the late 1970s, and Chairman of the SEC's Advisory Committee on Financial Reporting in 2007-2008. He was a member of the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security, and served as Secretary of Economic Affairs under Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Bob has taught at Georgetown and NYU as well as Harvard and MIT. He has published seven books, mainly on financial issues. His latest book, Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours, was #3 on Fast Company’s list of best business books for 2012. In addition, he often writes editorials for the Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

Bob is an outside director of Medtronic, Nielsen, and AMC (a second-tier subsidiary of the World Bank). He is also on the governing board of several non-profit organizations. He received the 2011 Fund Action Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the mutual fund industry.

Bob graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, and obtained a law degree from Yale Law School where he was a member of the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal. He also received a doctorate from Yale Law School for a book he wrote on state enterprises in Africa.

Faculty Media

  • The Retirement Problem: Solutions from Financial Leaders

    A panel of experts at the MIT Center for Finance and Policy’s second annual conference surveyed challenges, solutions, and financial products for retirement in the United States, Canada, and South...

  • The Delicate Art of Giving Feedback

    "To be an effective manager, you need to be skilled at giving out both praise and criticism. While praise is easy to give, it is far more challenging and unpleasant to criticize your employees,"...

  • SEC Ruling: Will It Shrink the Wage Gap or Lead to Fairer CEO Pay?

    Advocates say the SEC's requirement for publicly held companies to disclose the pay gap between CEOs and workers will allow activists and shareholders to pressure large companies into narrowing...

  • Big Owners Should Act Like Big Owners

    One of the key ways that institutional investors can promote a long-term orientation in the companies they invest, is by rejecting a company’s compensation plan if it puts too much emphasis on...

  • Interview with Robert Pozen

    Robert Pozen's discusses ways to achieve improvements in personal productivity in an interview from the SUCCESS Audio Series.

  • A Better Path to Corporate Tax Reform

    MIT Sloan's Bob Pozen contributed an op-ed on Corporate Tax Reform to The Wall Street Journal.

  • Executives Biggest Productivity Challenges, Solved

    Robert Pozen knows a little something about thriving at the top—he's the former chairman of MFS Investment Management, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, and the author of the book...

  • How To Have A Meeting That Isn't A Complete Waste Of Time

    In his seven imperatives to keep meetings on track, Robert C. Pozen, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, says there are three questions that should be asked at the end of each meeting: What...

  • The Misdirected War on Corporate Short-Termism

    A clamor is rising against "short termism"judging a company by its performance over the past quarter, rather than the past few years. BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink and Delaware Supreme Court Chief...

  • The Gender Divide and the Traits of Effective Leadership: Who Comes Out on Top?

    Focused. Decisive. Engaging. Fearless. Traditionally, these and other qualities are synonymous with leadership. And just as often, when such a trait is displayed by a man, it's seen as a plus. When...


Contact Information

Office: E62-688
Phone: (617) 715-4813
Fax: (617) 258-6855
Email: rpozen@MIT.EDU
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