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Distinguished Speaker Series - Robert C. Pozen


"Brokerage, Research, and the Fund Industry"

Date, Time, and Location:
Wednesday, June 09, 2004 (add this event to your Outlook Calendar)
12 Noon
Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Main Lounge - 2nd Floor Chicago, IL  60604-3507   (Driving Directions)

Biography: Robert Pozen is Chairman of MFS Investment Management®, which manages approximately $142 billion in assets for over six million investors worldwide.

Mr. Pozen is also the John Olin Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, teaching law and business courses on corporate governance and financial institutions. Mr. Pozen serves on boards of various corporate and non-profit organizations.

In late 2001 and early 2002, Mr. Pozen served on President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security. He developed a model for closing the system’s long-term deficit in: "Arm Yourself For The Coming Battle Over Social Security," 80 Harvard Business Review 52 (Nov 2002).

In 2003, he was Secretary of Economic Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. He helped the Governor close the state’s large budget gap and reorganize its functions in business and technology, labor and workforce training and consumer affairs. He also supervised the banking, insurance and utilities departments.

Mr. Pozen was formerly vice chairman of Fidelity Investments and president of Fidelity Management & Research Company, the investment advisor to the Fidelity mutual funds; he also ran the board process for over 200 funds. During his tenure as president from early 1997 through late 2001, Fidelity’s assets under management rose from $500 billion to $900 billion.

From 1987 to 1996, Mr. Pozen served as managing director and general counsel of Fidelity Investments, responsible for its government relations, legislation and litigation worldwide. In that role, he created Fidelity’s Charitable Gift Fund and launched Fidelity’s entry into the Japanese mutual fund business. He also served as a director of Fidelity’s credit card bank, its life insurance company and its Canadian investment management business.

Before joining Fidelity, he was a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Caplin & Drysdale, where he was in charge of the banking/securities department, from 1981 to 1986. Prior to that, he served as associate general counsel to the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1978 to 1980, and was a law professor at New York University from 1974 through 1977.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College in 1968. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded a Knox Traveling Fellowship. In 1972 and 1973, he received a law degree as well as a J.S.D. for a book on state enterprises in Africa from Yale Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal.

Mr. Pozen is involved in a number of community and civic organizations in the Boston area including the Boston Public Library and Jobs for Massachusetts. He is also involved nationally in nonprofits such as the Conference Board, the American Academy in Berlin and the Commonwealth Fund.

His major publications include: Mutual Fund Business (2nd ed., Houghton Mifflin, 2002), "Continental Shift," 80 Foreign Affairs 9 (May/June 2001), and "Instit

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