Henry B. Reiling

Eli Goldston Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus

Professor Reiling (Hank) prior to going Emeritus was responsible for and taught Tax Factors in Business Decisions (2nd year, MBA) and he shared design and teaching responsibility for the School's required MBA first year course Leadership and Corporate Accountability. In the Executive Program, he was for years the faculty chair for Finance for Senior Executives, and co-chair for Strategic Finance for Smaller Businesses.

Hank’s research interests focused on the interface of law, finance, and accounting. He co-authored Business Law: Text and Cases (Kent, 1982). His articles appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Journal of Accountancy, Michigan Law Review and other journals. He has chaired a variety of university and professional committees, such as Harvard's Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibilities, and a Task Force of the American Bar Association which effected a change in the federal taxation of stock purchase warrants.

Hank co-founded a successful financial services company, and served as a director or advisory board member of over a dozen for-profit (publicly traded and privately owned) companies and not-for-profit organizations, including Northwestern University where he was a trustee.  He is the recipient of Northwestern's Alumni Service Award and its Alumni Merit Award.  He currently serves on several business, foundation, and educational institution boards including the Steering Committee of the Board of Visitors of NU's College of Arts and Sciences.  He is a co-chair of NR's Boston Area Leadership Circle and a member of its regional council.

Hank holds a BA in History from Northwestern University, an MBA from Harvard and a JD from Columbia. He joined the Harvard Business School faculty as a professor in 1976. Prior to HBS, he was a professor at the Columbia Business School and a visiting professor at Stanford Business School.

  1. Tax Factors in Business Decisions

    by Henry B. Reiling

    Henry B. Reiling is continuing a field-based project that explores the human, business, tax, and finance problems encountered in transferring the ownership and management of a family business to the next generation.