OUR GROUP

Demands on CEOs’ time mean that certain activities – like engaging in networking, sharing best practices and challenging their minds with new ideas – are at risk of being treated like indulgence instead of necessity.

Convening a group that is truly peer-to-peer – made up only of other CEOs – is how The Business Council creates the secure and productive space essential for what Andrew Liveris calls a “continuing education for CEOs.”

Membership in The Business Council is by invitation only. Peers invite Peers. The result is the leading CEOs, across all industry sectors, convening to share, learn and innovate.

OUR DISCUSSIONS

At The Business Council’s three annual meetings, a selection of panels, interviews and presentations engage members in discussions inspired by presentations from the world’s greatest minds – from government leaders and subject matter experts to other CEOs. It is a dynamic experience where the brightest minds gather to discuss innovative content in an intimate and safe environment.

BACKGROUND

Originally convened in 1933 to advise the executive branch of the U.S. Government, The Business Council has evolved to be the only venue for the world’s top CEOs to gather to engage in our own professional, intellectual and leadership development.

Throughout our history, these core beliefs have guided the Council’s composition and work:

  • That government can benefit from the expert counsel of business leaders.

  • That political affiliation is unimportant within the ranks of the Council.

  • That the Council’s contributions to public discourse and governance are in the interest of the common good of the American people.

The Business Council is limited to 200 active members, each of whom is selected on the basis of personal qualities and position as the chief executive officer of a leading multinational business.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: 2017-2018

Chairman

Henry R. Kravis
Henry R. KravisCo-Chairman & Co-CEO
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Immediate Past Chairman

Jeffrey P. Bezos
Jeffrey P. BezosFounder & CEO
Amazon.com

Vice Chairmen

Ajay Banga
Ajay BangaPresident & CEO
MasterCard
Alex Gorsky
Alex GorskyChairman & CEO
Johnson & Johnson
Steven A. Kandarian
Steven A. KandarianChairman, President & CEO
MetLife, Inc.
Satya Nadella
Satya NadellaChief Executive Officer
Microsoft Corp.
Irene Rosenfeld
Irene RosenfeldChairman & CEO
Mondelez International
Sir Martin Sorrell
Sir Martin SorrellGroup Chief Executive
WPP Group plc

Members

Aneel Bhusri
Aneel BhusriCo-Founder & CEO
Workday, Inc.
James Dimon
James DimonChairman & CEO
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Andrew N. Liveris
Andrew N. LiverisChairman & Chief Executive Officer,
The Dow Chemical Company
Executive Chairman, DowDuPont
Denise Morrison
Denise MorrisonPresident & CEO
Campbell Soup Company
David Rubenstein
David RubensteinCo-Founder & Co-CEO
The Carlyle Group
Fred Smith
Fred SmithCEO
FedEx Corporation
Al Walker
Al WalkerChairman, President & CEO
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Executive Director

Marlene M. Colucci
Marlene M. Colucci

OUR TEAM

Marlene M. Colucci
Marlene M. ColucciExecutive Director
Appointed to lead The Business Council’s operations in 2013, Marlene oversees the group’s programming and membership development. Her professional background includes leadership positions in public policy at the White House and the U.S. Department of Labor as well as the American Hotel & Lodging Association. She also served as senior counsel at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP. Marlene holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Renee Farmer
Renee FarmerDirector of Meetings and Administration
The Business Council’s three annual meetings are planned and executed by Renee, whose experience working on Capitol Hill, then at General Motors, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and in real estate at Cushman and Wakefield, prepared her to provide the world’s top CEOs with events that challenge and inspire. Renee holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of the South, Sewanee and a Masters in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Adrienne Ball
Adrienne BallDirector of Membership
Adrienne has been responsible for designing and implementing The Business Council’s membership programs since 2007. Her professional background is in hotel management, where she worked in leadership positions for both Best Western and Comfort Inn. Adrienne’s hospitality industry skills and expertise translate perfectly to The Business Council’s membership needs. She holds a bachelors degree in Hotel Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

FORMER CHAIRMEN

2015-16

Jeffrey P. Bezos

Amazon.com

2013-14

Andrew N. Liveris

The Dow Chemical Company

2011-12

James Dimon

JPMorgan Chase

2009-10

James W. Owens

Caterpillar Inc.

2007-08

W. James McNerney, Jr.

The Boeing Company

2005-06

Jeffrey R. Immelt

General Electric

2003-04

Charles O. Holliday, Jr.

DuPont

2001-02

William T. Esrey

Sprint Corporation

1999-00

Ralph S. Larsen

Johnson & Johnson

1997-98

Larry Bossidy

AlliedSignal

1995-96

Edgar S. Woolard, Jr.

DuPont

1993-94

Robert E. Allen

AT&T

1991-92

John F. Welch, Jr.

General Electric

1989-90

Roger B. Smith

General Motors Corporation

1987-88

S.D. Bechtel, Jr.

Bechtel Corporation

1985-86

Ruben F. Mettler

TRW Inc.

1983-84

Clifton C. Garvin, Jr.

Exxon

1981-82

Walter B. Wriston

Citicorp

1979-80

Reginald H. Jones

General Electric

1977-78

John D. deButts

AT&T

1975-76

Edmund W. Littlefield

General Electric

1973-74

David Packard

Hewlett-Packard

1971-72

William M. Batten

J.C. Penney Company

1969-70

Fred J. Borch

General Electric

1967-68

Albert L. Nickerson

Mobil Oil

1965-66

W. B. Murphy

Campbell Soup Company

1963-64

F. R. Kappel

AT&T

1961-62

Roger M. Blough

United States Steel Corporation

1960-61

Ralph J. Cordiner

General Electric

1958-59

S. D. Bechtel

Bechtel Corporation

1956-57

Eugene Holman

Jersey Standard

1954-55

Harold Boeschenstein

Owens-Corning

1953

John D. Biggers

Libbey-Owens-Ford Company

1951-52

Robert T. Stevens

J.P. Stevens and Company

1949-50

James S. Knowlson

Stewart-Warner

1947-48

John L. Coyer

B.F. Goodrich Company

1946

George M. Humphrey

National Steel Corporation

1944-45

Thomas B. McCabe

Scott Paper Company

1942-43

R. R. Deupree

Proctor & Gamble

1940-41

William L. Batt

War Production Board

1937-39

W. Averell Harriman

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

1936

George H. Mead

Mead Corporation

1934-35

Henry P. Kendall

Kendall Company

1934

S. Clay Williams

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco

1933

Gerald Swope

General Electric Company