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Hadley Barrett
Hadley Barrett

Hadley Barrett is an experienced developer of sustainable property, renewable energy, the CEO of the Oxford Sustainable Group, and has been non-executive director of various private and stock market listed development companies. A British citizen, Barrett was born in Southampton, England.

Career:

With a blue chip and entrepreneurial background, Hadley Barrett founded the second-largest online bulletin board system in the UK  at age 15 and later sold a Benelux-based Lifescience company. Since then, he has founded the Oxford Sustainable Group with operations in various countries throughout Europe,

Hadley Barrett graduated with a BA (Hons) in Economics. He received his MBA from Oxford University.

According to various media sources, as a tycoon he has a high estimated personal worth. His business interests include Finland, Mediafax/Ziarul  quotes the Oxford Sustainable Group as developing in Romania, The Financial Times  as a leading wind and renewable energy developer and Pensions News  that Hadley has invested into Oxford projects.

Hadley has been quoted in various media, such as Investment Week, New Energy Finance, Pensions News, The Daily Telegraph, amongst other international publications, for his expertise on, variously: wind energy, renewable energy, real estate sustainable development and business in Scandinavia.

Background:

According to the Oxford Sustainable Group website, Hadley has been involved in advising global banks, governments, and institutions across Europe on wind energy and sustainability. He speaks English, Dutch and Russian. A keen sportsman, he played at a young age at the amateur level as centre forward for Southampton F.C. and Hampshire F.A., which are both UK-based football teams.

Henry McKinnell
Henry McKinnell

Henry A. McKinnell, Jr. (born February 23, 1943) is the former chief executive officer and former chairman of the board of directors of Pfizer Inc. He is also a director of ExxonMobil and Moody’s.

He was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He originally worked towards a degree in chemistry but later changed his declared degree to business. He earned his bachelor’s degree for business from the University of British Columbia in 1965. Later, he earned his master’s and doctorate in business administration (finance subfield) from Stanford Business School.

Career:

His first job offer was for Pfizer, but he instead chose to work at American Standard for three years (1969–1971). He later joined Pfizer in early 1971. Over the course of the next 32 years, McKinnell climbed his way up several positions.

He was named CEO as of January 2001 and named chairman in April 2001. In 2003 he won the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. McKinnell was known as an aggressive and hard line advocate of trade sanctions against developing countries in disputes over patents and other intellectual property rights on medicines. In 2006, several Stanford alums asked that McKinnell be removed from an advisory board at the Stanford Business School, due to the aggressive use of litigation against the head of the Philippines regulatory agency.

Following falling share prices, McKinnell resigned the CEO position on July 28, 2006 amid dissatisfaction from the Board of Directors and declining investor confidence and was replaced by Jeff Kindler on that day. He was scheduled to remain as chairman until February 2007.

Pfizer was relatively conservative with regard to mega-mergers through stock-for-stock transactions through most of its history until McKinnell took the helm in 2001. Pfizer’s per share price (adjusted for splits) went from about $50 to $30 from 1999 to 2006 during McKinnell’s tenure. With roughly 7 billion shares outstanding, this reflects a loss in value of 140 billion dollars under McKinnell’s leadership pursuing a strategy of growth via stock for stock acquisition.

It could be argued that some of the decline in Pfizer’s market value during this time could be attributed to the overall decline in blue chip stocks from 1999-2001. However, many industry analysts criticized McKinnell for diluting shareholder value with these expensive stock-for-stock acquisitions that obviously paid a premium for the underlying value of the acquired company. Furthermore, internal contributions to the pipeline did not replace declining value nor did these M&A activities. However, McKinnell received record compensation which he staunchly defended against critics.

According to documents Pfizer filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, McKinnell received a base salary in 2005 of $2,270,500, and a bonus of $3,700,000. He also received $145,814 in other compensation (primarily tax payments made by Pfizer on behalf of employees), and nearly $5.5 million in long-term incentive payouts. The value of his retirement package and deferred compensation will exceed $275,000,000.

McKinnell has, according to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission, donated mainly to Republican Party candidates. He has donated to George W. Bush, John Thune, Chuck Grassley, and others.

According to the same FEC documents, McKinnell lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Herbert Fisk Johnson III

Herbert Fisk Johnson III or H. Fisk Johnson III (born May 19, 1957), known as “Fisk”, is the fifth generation of his family to lead S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc of Racine, WI, as chairman and CEO.

Early life:

He is the son of the late Samuel Curtis Johnson, Jr. and Imogene Powers Johnson, and the great-great-grandson of company founder Samuel Curtis Johnson, Sr. Fisk, his three siblings and mother each have a net worth of $3 billion as of May 2015.

Education:

He has a BA in Chemistry and Physics, 1979; Master of Engineering, 1980; MS in Physics, 1982; MBA in Marketing and Finance, 1984; and PhD in Physics, 1986 — all from Cornell University and Cornell’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Career:

He joined the family business in 1987 as a marketing associ
ate and served in a number of roles. He was appointed chairman in 2000, and CEO in 2004.

On behalf of the company, he accepted a 2006 Ron Brown Award, a presidential award for corporate leadership.

Public policy work:

He has served as a:

member of President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation
member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
director on the board of Conservation International
member of the Executive Board of CI’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business
trustee emeritus of Cornell University

Patents:

He is one of the inventors listed on U.S. Patent #7028405, entitled “Vibratory Shaver”, and U.S. patent application #20060238136, entitled “Lamp and bulb for illumination and ambiance lighting”.

Charity:

His extended family is the named benefactor of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He has supported Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

Howard Schultz
Howard Schultz

Howard D. Schultz (born July 19, 1953) is an American businessman. He is best known as the chairman and CEO of Starbucks and a former owner of the Seattle SuperSonics. He was a member of the Board of Directors at Square, Inc. In 1998, Schultz co-founded Maveron, an investment group, with Dan Levitan. In 2012, Forbes magazine ranked Schultz as the 354th richest person in the United States, with a net worth of $1.5 billion.

Early life and education:

Schultz was born to a Jewish family on July 19, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of ex-United States Army trooper and then truck driver Fred Schultz, and his wife Elaine. With his younger sister, Ronnie, and brother, Michael, he grew up in the Canarsie Bayview Houses of the New York City Housing Authority. As Schultz’s family was poor, he saw an escape in sports such as baseball, football, and basketball, as well as the Boys and Girls Club. He went to Canarsie High School, from which he graduated in 1971. In high school, Schultz excelled at sports and was awarded an athletic scholarship to Northern Michigan University – the first person in his family to go to college. A member of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Schultz received his bachelor’s degree in Communications in 1975.

Career:

After graduating, Schultz worked as a salesperson for Xerox Corporation and was quickly promoted to a full sales representative. In 1979 he became a general manager for Swedish drip coffee maker manufacturer, Hammarplast, where he became responsible for their U.S. operations with a staff of twenty. In 1981, Schultz visited a client of Hammarplast, a fledgling coffee-bean shop called Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle, curious as to why it ordered so many plastic cone filters. He was impressed with the company’s knowledge of coffee and kept in contact over the next year, expressing interest in working with them. A year later, he joined Starbucks as the Director of Marketing. On a buying trip to Milan, Italy for Starbucks, Schultz noted that coffee bars existed on practically every street. He learned that they not only served excellent espresso, they also served as meeting places or public squares; they were a big part of Italy’s societal glue, and there were 200,000 of them in the country.

On his return, he tried to persuade the owners (including Jerry Baldwin) to offer traditional espresso beverages in addition to the whole bean coffee, leaf teas and spices they had long offered. After a successful pilot of the cafe concept, the owners refused to roll it out company-wide, saying they didn’t want to get into the restaurant business. Frustrated, Schultz decided to leave Starbucks in 1985. He needed $400,000 to open the first store and start the business. He simply did not have the money and his wife was pregnant with their first baby. Jerry Baldwin and Gordon Bowker offered to help. Schultz also received $100,000 from a doctor who was impressed by Schultz’s energy to “take a gamble”. By 1986, he raised all the money he needed to open the first store ‘Il Giornale’ after the Milanese newspaper. Two years later, the original Starbucks management decided to focus on Peet’s Coffee & Tea and sold its Starbucks retail unit to Schultz and Il Giornale for $3.8 million.

Schultz renamed Il Giornale with the Starbucks name, and aggressively expanded its reach across the United States. Schultz’s keen insight in real estate and his hard-line focus on growth drove him to expand the company rapidly. Schultz did not believe in franchising, and made a point of having Starbucks retain ownership of every domestic outlet.

On 26 June 1992, Starbucks had its initial public offering and trading of its common stock under the stock ticker. The offering was done by Alex, Brown & Sons Inc. and Wertheim Schroder & Co. Inc.

Schultz authored the book Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time with Dori Jones Yang in 1997. His second book Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul with Joanne Gordon, was published in 2011.

On January 8, 2008 Schultz returned as CEO of Starbucks after an eight-year hiatus. At this time, Schultz was earning a total compensation of $9,740,471, which included a base salary of $1,190,000, and options granted of $7,786,105. Schultz is a significant stakeholder in Jamba Juice.

On the first of November 2013, it was announced that Schultz had stepped down from the board of Square, to be replaced by former Goldman Sachs executive David Viniar.

Ownership of the Seattle SuperSonics:

Schultz is the former owner of the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics. During his tenure as team owner, he was criticized for his naïveté and propensity to run the franchise as a business rather than a sports team. Schultz feuded with player Gary Payton, feeling that Payton disrespected him and the team by not showing up to the first day of training camp in 2002. On July 18, 2006, Schultz sold the team to Clay Bennett, chairman of the Professional Basketball Club LLC, an Oklahoma City ownership group, for $350 million, after having failed to convince the city of Seattle to provide public funding to build a new arena in the Greater Seattle area to replace KeyArena. At the time of the team’s sale, it was speculated that the new owners would move the team to their city some time after the 2006–2007 NBA season. On July 2, 2008, the city of Seattle reached a settlement with the new ownership group and the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder for the 2008–09 NBA season. The sale to the out-of-state owners considerably damaged Schultz’s popularity in Seattle. In a local newspaper poll, Schultz was judged “most responsible” for the team leaving the city. Before the city of Seattle settled with the Oklahoma City ownership group, Schultz filed a lawsuit against Bennett – in April 2008 – to rescind the July 2006 sale based on what Schultz claimed was fraud and intentional misrepresentation. However, Schultz dropped the lawsuit in August 2008. When Bennett purchased the SuperSonics and its sister franchise in the WNBA, the Seattle Storm, for $350 million, he agreed to a stipulation that he would make a “good-faith best effort” for one year to keep both teams in Seattle. The sincerity of the good-faith effort was widely disputed by the way Bennett acted and by direct quotes from his partner Aubrey McClendon. On January 8, 2008, Bennett sold the Storm to Force 10 Hoops, LLC, an ownership group of four Seattle women, which kept the team in Seattle.