Robert C. Pozen

Robert C. Pozen

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Economic Studies

Robert C. Pozen is currently a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. In 2012, he won acclaim for a popular book entitled Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours. In the Spring of 2021, he published a new book on productivity when working remotely, entitled, Remote Inc.: How to Thrive at Work…Wherever You Are.

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 2011, MFS’s assets under management nearly tripled from a base of $130 billion.

During his distinguished career, Bob has been active in business, government and academia. 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 currently chair of the Leadership Council of the Tax Policy Center, chair of the Advisory Board of Agility (an outsourced CIO), trustee of the IFRS Foundation (parent of the Sustainability Board), and a director of AMC (part of the World Bank Group).  He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He was previously am independent director of Medtronic, Nielsen and BCE (parent of Bell Canada).

He frequently writes articles for MarketWatch, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. He has published a book on the recent financial crisis, 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 Law School, where he also obtained a doctorate for a book on state enterprises in Africa. He lives in Boston with his wife of over 45 years.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Financial markets
    • Banking
    • Investments
    • Retiree Healthcare
    • Economic Affairs
  • Current Positions

    • Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Past Positions

    • Chairman of MFS Investment Management
    • John Olin Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School
    •  President George W. Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security
    • Secretary of Economic Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    •  Vice Chairman, Fidelity Investments
    • President, Fidelity Management & Research Company
    • Managing Director and General Counsel, Fidelity Investments
    • Director, Fidelity’s insurance company and credit card bank
    • Partner, Caplin & Drysdale
    • Associate General Counsel, Securities & Exchange Commission
    •  Law Professor, Georgetown and New York Universities
  • Education

    • J.S.D., Yale
    • J.D., Yale Law School
    • Harvard College (summa cum laude)
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