Hon. Mark R. Kennedy
MBA with Distinction, University of Michigan
U.S. House of Representatives 2001-2007
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 651-491-6766
Kennedy has acquired a unique combination of perspectives from his experiences leading in C-suites, serving in the halls of Congress, and traveling across the world to engage business, political, and civic leaders in nearly 40 countries. In his teaching, Kennedy shares insights taken from his broad experiences that overturn conventional business wisdom.
Previously, Kennedy led as a senior executive of a Fortune 100 company (Macy’s); helped Pillsbury acquire Häagen Dazs and spread it around the globe; served three terms in the U.S. Congress (2001–7); and then returned to the private sector in a global role with Accenture (a leading consulting firm) while continuing public service as a Presidential appointee to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy (under both President Bush and President Obama).
Today, as CEO of Chartwell Strategic Advisors, Kennedy teaches, advises, and speaks to audiences across the globe on success as a “Business in a Political Age.” Kennedy shows how businesses can effectively engage with political, regulatory, media, and activist-group forces to simultaneously advance their market strategies and benefit society.
Besides teaching at the Smith School of Business, Kennedy is an Executive in Residence at John Hopkins University’s Carey Business School and has lectured at the London Business School, HEC-Paris, Mannheim Business School and the National University of Singapore Business School.
Kennedy also serves as Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota (www.ecomn.org).
John King of CNN said “Kennedy doesn’t ignore the elephant in the room; to the contrary, he looks it straight in the eye.” Fred Barnes of FOX News called Kennedy “bold and smart.”
Kennedy has a record of effective collaboration. While a Republican Congressman, he partnered with twenty Democrats to introduce and lead several pieces of legislation; more than half of the Democrats in the U.S. House co-sponsored one of his bills.
Mark and Debbie, his wife of 31 years, are the proud parents of four successful young adult children. When they are not traveling, they reside in Watertown, Minnesota.