Curt Pullen, Chairman
In his position at Herman Miller, Mr. Pullen leads a $1.2 billion business unit that serves as the company’s flagship. In 2010, Herman Miller—which Peter Drucker served as a consultant over two decades, beginning in the 1970s—was one of only six corporations to rank in Fortune‘s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” Fortune‘s “Most Admired” and Fast Company‘s “Fast 50″ Most Innovative. The company’s Aeron chair and Eames Lounge were two of Fast Company‘s 15 best-designed consumer products of the 20th century. Herman Miller is a global leader not only in design but also in operations and sustainability, for which it has received major awards and recognition from NASDAQ, Dow Jones, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and many others. Mr. Pullen, who joined Herman Miller in 1991, was the company’s CFO prior to his current job.
Bob Buford, Chairman Emeritus
Mr. Buford is an author and “entrepreneurial nonprofit philanthropist,” who in 1984 started Leadership Network, a private operating foundation, to identify and provide resources for senior ministers and staff of large church congregations (1,000-plus in attendance) in the U.S. He was also the founding chairman of the Board of Governors of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management (now the Leader to Leader Institute). In January 1998, Mr. Buford launched what became Halftime, an organization to help high-powered marketplace leaders convert their faith into action and effective results. In 1999, Mr. Buford concluded a 35-year career in the communications business by selling Buford Television Inc., where he had been chairman. He is the author of four books, including the best seller, Halftime: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance; Game Plan: Winning Strategies for the Second Half of Your Life; Stuck in Halftime: Reinvesting Your One and Only Life; and Finishing Well.
Mr. Bachmann is a senior partner at the St. Louis-based investment firm Edward Jones. During Mr. Bachmann’s 24-year stint as managing partner, Edward Jones grew from 200 offices in 28 states to more than 9,000 offices throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom. He has been involved with a broad range of professional and philanthropic undertakings, including serving as chairman of the Securities Industry Association, chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, campaign chairman of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and chairman of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. His current activities include serving as a director of AMR Corp. and Monsanto Co. and a trustee of Washington University. In addition to his role at the Institute, he also serves as a trustee of Claremont Graduate University and is chairman of the Board of Visitors at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management.
Mr. Bergstrand is the founder and CEO of the Atlanta-based business transformation consultancy Brand Velocity. The Drucker Institute has a special relationship with BV, which uses many of Peter Drucker’s knowledge-worker productivity principles in its practice. Prior to founding BV, Mr. Bergstrand was chief information officer of The Coca-Cola Company and chief financial officer of Coca-Cola Beverages Ltd. Author of the Peter Drucker-inspired book, Reinvent Your Enterprise, Mr. Bergstrand has three master’s degrees—in management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, education and human development from The George Washington University and advertising from Michigan State University.
Mr. Buckingham, who spent two decades as a senior researcher at the Gallup Organization, has written a string of best-selling books. They include: First, Break All the Rules (coauthored with Curt Coffman), Now, Discover Your Strengths (coauthored with Donald O. Clifton), The One Thing You Need to Know, Go Put Your Strengths To Work, The Truth About You and Find Your Strongest Life. His latest project is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller StandOut, a book and strengths-assessment combination that uses a new research methodology to reveal people’s top two “Strength Roles,” which Mr. Buckingham defines as their “areas of comparative advantage.” In 2005, Mr. Buckingham founded The Marcus Buckingham Company, which works with managers at Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Disney and other organizations to find their strengths and sustain long-lasting personal success.
Mr. Byrne is the chairman and CEO of C-Change Media Inc. He was previously the editor-in-chief and executive editor of BusinessWeek.com. After serving as executive editor of BusinessWeek magazine for two years, Mr. Byrne assumed the top editorial job at BusinessWeek’s fast-growing online operation. In his first year in this role in 2007, he led BusinessWeek.com to record levels of reader engagement and traffic, oversaw the redesign of the website, and launched extensive new areas of coverage, including on management. Before that, Mr. Byrne was editor-in-chief of Fast Company magazine. He is the author of eight books on business, leadership, and management. Among them is Jack: Straight from the Gut, the highly anticipated collaboration with former General Electric Co. CEO Jack Welch, which debuted at the top of The New York Times bestseller list. Mr. Byrne holds a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri and an undergraduate degree in English and political science from William Paterson College.
Ms. Drucker, one of Peter and Doris Drucker’s four children, is the founder and CEO of Start-Up Strategies, a San Francisco consultancy. Ms. Drucker is also an attorney who has focused her practice in the areas of real-estate tax planning and financing, as well as other business and commercial transactions. She has specialized, in particular, on structuring and implementing complex 1031 tax-deferred exchanges. She is the co-author of Real Property Exchanges, published by the California Continuing Education of the Bar.
Mrs. Drucker, who was married to Peter Drucker for 68 years, studied law and economics at the London School of Economics, Kiel University and Frankfurt University. After her arrival in the United States in the late 1930s, she received an M.S. in physics from Fairleigh Dickenson University and conducted scientific market research as an independent contractor for several decades. In 1996, when she was 85 years old, Mrs. Drucker founded RSQ, a company to manufacture and market a voice-volume monitor that she and a partner invented. Her memoir, Invent Radium or I’ll Pull Your Hair, was published in 2004. Mrs. Drucker continues to travel and speak around the world.
Deborah A. Freund
Ms. Freund was appointed president of Claremont Graduate University in November 2010. Prior to moving to CGU she was a Distinguished Professor of public administration and economics at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and an adjunct professor of orthopedics and pediatrics at Upstate Medical University. She served as vice chancellor and provost at Syracuse University from 1999-2006 and vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of the faculties at Indiana University-Bloomington from 1994-99. While at IU, Ms. Freund was also a professor of public affairs, economics and family medicine. She was also assistant and associate professor of health economics at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received an A.B. in classics from Washington University in St. Louis (1973) and an M.P.H. in medical care administration (1975), an M.A. in applied economics (1975) and a Ph.D. in economics (1980) from the University of Michigan. Ms. Freund is an internationally recognized health economist, known in particular for her research in the areas of Medicaid, healthcare outcomes and PharmacoEconomics, a field she is credited with founding.
Mr. Iijima is president and CEO of Yamazaki Baking Co., Japan’s leading manufacturer of bread and baked goods, with more than $6 billion in sales. Under Mr. Iijima’s leadership, Yamazaki has grown from humble beginnings into an operation with 25 domestic factories and more than 16,000 employees producing thousands of product lines for sale in 100,000 stores. He joined the company after graduating from Hitotsubashi University. The company sent him to London to study baking at what is now South Bank University, from which he holds an Honorary Doctor of Science degree. He was named president of the firm in 1979. Mr. Iijima also sat on the advisory board of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management (now the Leader to Leader Institute), and currently serves as vice chairman of World Vision Japan, a Christian relief and development organization.
Mr. Iwasaki is the author of the novel What If a Female Manager of a High School Baseball Team Read Drucker’s “Management,” which has sold more than 2 million copies and was the top-selling book in Japan in 2010. It tells the story of a student who unexpectedly becomes the manager of the baseball team at Tokyo’s Hodokubo High. She soon stumbles across a version of Peter Drucker’s 1973 classic Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices and uses its lessons to lift the team’s performance. Moshi-Dora, as Mr. Iwasaki’s book is called for short, has also been turned into an anime TV series and a movie version. In 2011, Fast Company magazine named Mr. Iwasaki one of the “100 most creative people in business.”
Joseph M. Lumarda
Mr. Lumarda is a senior vice president and investment counselor for Capital Group Private Client Services and a vice president of Capital Guardian Trust Co. Prior to joining Capital, Mr. Lumarda spent 16 years at the California Community Foundation as a program officer, vice president for development and executive vice president and chief operating officer. During that time, he also served as an independent director for Capital Research and Management Co.’s Endowment funds, a series of investment portfolios designed exclusively for nonprofit organizations. Before that, he spent three years in active duty and five years in the reserves with the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant and Naval flight officer on the P3 Orion anti-submarine warfare aircraft. Mr. Lumarda earned a BA in philosophy from Saint John’s Seminary College and an EMBA from Claremont Graduate University’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. He is a member of the board of The Center for Nonprofit Management, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Give2Asia, Saint Joseph Healthcare Foundation and Pasadena Child Health Foundation.
Jody Greenstone Miller
Ms. Miller is the founder and chief executive of Business Talent Group, a Los Angeles-based firm that provides consultants and interim executives through a model that grew, in part, out of Peter Drucker’s writings on the knowledge worker. Before launching BTG, Ms. Miller was a venture partner with Maveron, the Seattle-based venture capital firm founded by Howard Schultz, from 2000 to 2007. Before that, she served as executive vice president and later acting president and COO of Americast, the digital television partnership between Disney and the regional telephone companies. Ms. Miller also served in the White House as special assistant to President Bill Clinton, where she was deputy to David Gergen, counselor to the President. She currently serves on the board of directors of TRW and Capella Education Co., a leading accredited online university. She is also a co-founder and board member of the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy. She has written (with her husband, Matt Miller) the November 2005 cover story for Fortune, “Get a Life!” about the relationship between companies and senior business talent, and an April 2004 New York Times Magazine article about the need for better healthcare solutions for independent consultants.
Mr. Moon is the president of the New Paradigm Institute for Green & Responsible Competitiveness, which is based in Seoul. The organization is working to advance environmental sustainability and lifelong learning throughout Korea. Before assuming this post, Mr. Moon served as a member of Korea’s national parliament. And before that, he was the president and CEO of the consumer-products company Yuhan-Kimberly, which under his leadership became widely known for product innovation and the way it cared for employees. Mr. Moon was heralded, in particular, for the measures he took to avoid laying off workers during the Asian financial crisis of the mid-1990s. In addition, Mr. Moon has been an environmental leader, spearheading the planting of tens of millions of trees throughout Korea and across Asia. Mr. Moon was also a founder of the Drucker Society of Korea, which convenes regular meetings of corporate executives to read and apply Drucker’s work in their own organizations and communities.
C. William Pollard
Mr. Pollard is the former chairman and CEO of ServiceMaster Co. Under his leadership, ServiceMaster was recognized by Fortune magazine as the No. 1 service company among the Fortune 500. It was also identified as a “star of the future” by The Wall Street Journal and recognized by the Financial Times as one of the most respected companies in the world. In 2004, Mr. Pollard received the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for business ethics at Notre Dame. He has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., and as a director of Herman Miller Inc. Mr. Pollard is also the author of the bestselling book The Soul of the Firm, which Peter Drucker described as a guide to how large service companies can “give its employees dignity, productivity, and meaningful work.” He has authored two other books, as well: The Heart of a Business Ethic and Serving Two Masters?: Reflections on God and Profit.
Mr. To is the vice president of Bright China Group Ltd. and chairman of the Bright China Foundation. He served previously as the president of the Peter F. Drucker Academy in China for seven years and had the opportunity to seek Peter Drucker’s advice from 2000 through 2005. Under Mr. To’s leadership, the Drucker Academy became widely recognized for the contributions it has made to the Chinese community while becoming a financially self-sufficient and sustainable nonprofit organization. Each year, more than 10,000 students complete Drucker Academy executive courses, and the income earned from these programs is donated to support more than 100,000 college students who study Drucker’s teachings through online programs, seminars, reading clubs and leadership training camps. Meanwhile, under Mr. To’s leadership at the Bright China Foundation, more than 110,000 students and prisoners have completed entrepreneurship training over the past 10 years, and many of them have started small business through the Foundation’s microloan program.
Mr. Wynett is chief creative officer at Procter & Gamble Co. He joined P&G in 1988 and moved up quickly through the company’s brand manager system. In 1994, Mr. Wynett persuaded then-CEO John Pepper that P&G had “hit a 15-year paralysis in launching major new products.” Mr. Wynett was then tapped to head a startup within P&G—Corporate New Ventures, which was armed with $250 million in seed money and a direct line to the CEO’s office. Under Mr. Wynett, the CNV team captured ideas from all across P&G, by way of an online network, and then used the Internet to analyze market opportunities, demographics and costs. Once it was determined that a project was feasible, it was typically launched within days and new products swiftly brought to market. Mr. Wynett’s development methods have been studied by Harvard researchers and replicated by R&D executives from myriad other multinationals. Mr. Wynett is also co-author of the bestselling You series of advice books.