John S. Clarkeson
Chairman Emeritus, The Boston Consulting Group
John S. Clarkeson is chairman emeritus of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He served as chief executive officer of the firm from 1986 to 1998 and as chairman from 1998 to 2007, when he became chairman emeritus.
Mr. Clarkeson joined the firm's Boston office in 1966 and was elected a vice president and director in 1975. He transferred to Europe in 1971 to help expand BCG's practice there, served as a director in Milan and London, and opened the Munich office. In 1985, he was elected president and in 1986 to the additional position of CEO. He was elected chairman of the board in 1998 and chairman emeritus in 2007.
Mr. Clarkeson's career has focused on helping some of the world's leading companies develop strategies for sustainable competitive advantage. He lectures extensively on leadership.
Outside of BCG, he is a director of the Cabot Corporation, a trustee of Northeast Utilities, a member of the INSEAD advisory council, and past chairman of the National Bureau of Economic Research
Mr. Clarkeson received an A.B. degree magna cum laudefrom Harvard College, where he was a Harvard National Scholar, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.