18 Aug 2016

Four Harvard Business School Faculty Members Named to Most Influential Black Corporate Directors List

(LtoR): James I. Cash, Linda A. Hill, Henry W. McGee, and Paula A. Price

BOSTON—The summer issue of Savoy magazine, a quarterly national publication that focuses on African-American culture, business, and lifestyle, has named four Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty members to its “Power 300” list of 2016’s most influential black corporate directors: James I. Cash, the School’s James E. Robison Professor of Business Administration Emeritus; Linda A. Hill, the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration; and Senior Lecturers Henry W. McGee and Paula A. Price.

“We are delighted and proud to see the accomplishments of our colleagues recognized in this way,” said HBS Dean Nitin Nohria. “They bring extraordinary skills, knowledge, competence, and character to everything they do, whether in the classroom or the boardroom. At HBS we encourage our faculty, through their teaching and research, to influence practice and educate leaders who make a difference in the world. These four faculty members accomplish this in their professional activities.”

Speaking of all those included in the list, Savoy CEO and publisher L.P. Green II said, “It is our duty to chronicle these inspiring executives, their distinguished careers, and the corporations that demonstrate inclusive board composition.”

A former member of the boards of GE and Microsoft, Cash is currently a director of the property and casualty insurer Chubb Limited and Walmart stores. An expert in the use of information technology, he joined the HBS faculty in 1976 and taught in all the School’s major programs, including MBA and Executive Education. He served as head of the MBA program from 1992 to 1995.

Hill is a director of Eaton Corporation, a diversified industrial products manufacturer, and State Street Corporation, a worldwide financial services holding company. She is faculty chair of Harvard Business School’s Leadership Initiative and was course head during the development of the required first-year MBA course in Leadership and Organizational Behavior. Hill ranks sixth in the 2015 Thinkers50 list of the world’s most influential business thinkers. Her most recent book is Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation.

McGee joined the HBS faculty in 2013 after retiring as president of HBO Home Entertainment, the digital and DVD program distribution division of Home Box Office. A member of the School’s General Management Unit, he has taught courses in both the MBA and Executive Education programs. Since 2015 he has been a director of Tegna, Inc., a broadcast and digital media company, and AmerisourceBergen, a pharmaceutical services company.

Price serves on the boards of Accenture, a global professional services company; Dollar General, a chain of discount stores; and Western Digital Corporation, a computer data storage company and manufacturer of hard disk drives. A certified public accountant, from 2009 to 2014 she was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ahold USA, then a $26 billion supermarket company in Quincy, Mass., before coming to HBS to teach and do research in the School’s Accounting and Management Unit.


Jim Aisner

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Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching, to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.