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Robert C. Pozen

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Economic Studies

Robert C. Pozen has been a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings since 2010. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In 2015, Pozen generously committed to endow the Director’s Chair for the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.   

Throughout his career, Bob has been active in business, government and academia. In 2012, he won acclaim for a popular book showing professionals how to get more done at work, entitled Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours.  

In 2004, Bob became the executive chairman of MFS Investment Management, which now manages over $400 billion for mutual funds and pension plans. Between 2004 and 2010, assets under management of MFS more than doubled. Prior to joining MFS, he was vice chairman of Fidelity Investments and president of Fidelity Management & Research Company. During Bob’s five years as president, Fidelity’s assets increased from $500 billion to $900 billion. 

In late 2001 and 2002, Bob served on President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, where he developed a progressive plan to make the system solvent. In 2003, Bob served as Secretary of Economic Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. In 2007, he served as chairman of the SEC's Committee to Improve Financial Reporting. 

Bob is on the advisory board of Oliver Wyman, Perella Wrinberg Partners, and the MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy. He is also on the board of directors for Nielsen, Medtronic, and AMC (a second-tier subsidiary of the World Bank).  

Bob frequently writes articles for the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. He has published a book on the recent financial crisis, entitled Too Big To Save? How to Fix the US Financial System, and a guide for investors entitled The Fund Industry: How Your Money is Managed. 

Bob graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and holds a law degree from Yale, where he also obtained a doctorate for a book on state enterprises in Africa. He lives in Boston with his wife of 42 years, a retired psychoterapist who currently is a painter and poet. 

Robert C. Pozen has been a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings since 2010. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In 2015, Pozen generously committed to endow the Director’s Chair for the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.   

Throughout his career, Bob has been active in business, government and academia. In 2012, he won acclaim for a popular book showing professionals how to get more done at work, entitled Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours.  

In 2004, Bob became the executive chairman of MFS Investment Management, which now manages over $400 billion for mutual funds and pension plans. Between 2004 and 2010, assets under management of MFS more than doubled. Prior to joining MFS, he was vice chairman of Fidelity Investments and president of Fidelity Management & Research Company. During Bob’s five years as president, Fidelity’s assets increased from $500 billion to $900 billion. 

In late 2001 and 2002, Bob served on President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, where he developed a progressive plan to make the system solvent. In 2003, Bob served as Secretary of Economic Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. In 2007, he served as chairman of the SEC’s Committee to Improve Financial Reporting. 

Bob is on the advisory board of Oliver Wyman, Perella Wrinberg Partners, and the MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy. He is also on the board of directors for Nielsen, Medtronic, and AMC (a second-tier subsidiary of the World Bank).  

Bob frequently writes articles for the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. He has published a book on the recent financial crisis, entitled Too Big To Save? How to Fix the US Financial System, and a guide for investors entitled The Fund Industry: How Your Money is Managed. 

Bob graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and holds a law degree from Yale, where he also obtained a doctorate for a book on state enterprises in Africa. He lives in Boston with his wife of 42 years, a retired psychoterapist who currently is a painter and poet. 

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