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W. Carl Kester

George Fisher Baker Jr. Professor of Business Administration

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W. Carl Kester Biography

  1. Carl Kester is the George Fisher Baker Jr. Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. A member of the faculty since 1981, he has served as Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs (2006-2010), Chairman of the Finance Unit (2005-2006), and Senior Associate Dean and Chairman of the MBA Program (1999 to 2005). He teaches corporate finance in both the School’s MBA and Executive Education programs.

Under Professor Kester's leadership of HBS's academic programs, a new course on leadership, corporate accountability, and business ethics, and another on entrepreneurial management, were introduced into the MBA Program’s first-year required curriculum; the required finance curriculum was redesigned; and the elective curriculum in the Program’s second year was rebalanced and expanded to improve course development opportunities for faculty and course selection options for students. The MD/MBA, MBA/MPP and MBA/MPA-ID joint degree programs between HBS and Harvard Medical School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, respectively, were also created and launched under his supervision.

In addition to his work at HBS, Professor Kester has chaired the Harvard University Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility, and served on the Harvard University Health Plans Subcommittee, the Harvard University Committee on Calendar Reform, and the Harvard University Employees Credit Union Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Committee to Visit Harvard Medical School and School of Dental Medicine, which reports to the University's Board of Overseers. Professor Kester is a member of the advisory boards for the IESE Business School of the University of Navarra located in Barcelona, Spain; the IPADE Business School in Mexico City, Mexico; and the international advisory committee for a consortium of business schools in the Andean region: INALDE (Colombia); IDE (Ecuador); and PAD (Peru).

Professor Kester’s research and course development focuses on international corporate finance and corporate governance. He is the author or co-author of numerous case studies and articles on these topics. His book, Japanese Takeovers: The Global Contest for Corporate Control, which is a comprehensive field study exploring the Japanese M&A wave of the 1980s and 1990s, was the winner of the O’Melveny & Myers Centennial Grant award. Since 1992, Professor Kester has been a co-editor of the leading volume of finance cases used worldwide, Case Problems in Finance (Irwin/McGraw-Hill), now in its twelfth edition, and Case Problems in International Finance (Irwin/McGraw-Hill). His research has been presented to academic and corporate executive audiences throughout North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Among these are the Council on Foreign Relations, the Financial Executives Institute, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Shanghai Stock Exchange, The Strategic Planning Society, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and the World Economic Forum.

Professor Kester’s consulting activities have involved him with a wide variety of organizations on finance-related topics such as corporate valuation, capital budgeting, real option valuation, and mergers and acquisitions. He has worked with many corporations including J.P. Morgan, IBM, G.E. Capital, Merck & Co., the National Football League, the Standard Chartered Bank, the World Bank, and Xerox Corporation, among others. He is an independent trustee of the BlackRock Closed-End Mutual Funds Complex which consists of approximately 100 funds with combined assets under management in excess of $50 billion. From 2005 to 2008, he was also an independent trustee of Access Capital Strategies Community Investment Fund, Inc., a closed-end mutual fund that enables financial institutions to invest in loans made in low-income areas in such a way as to qualify for Community Reinvestment Act credits. Professor Kester served as a trustee (1988-2002), and as President of the Board of Trustees (1999-2002), of the Nashoba Brooks School, an independent school for boys and girls (pre-school through grade 3) and girls (grades 4 through 8). As Board President, Professor Kester was responsible for developing the School’s long-range plan, and overseeing the School’s first capital campaign and a major expansion of its facilities. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Handel and Haydn Society, a Boston-based musical society featuring an internationally recognized chorus and period instrument orchestra playing historically informed baroque and classical music.

An economics graduate of Amherst College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Professor Kester also holds advanced degrees from Harvard Business School (MBA, Class of 1977), and the London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc.). He received his Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where his doctoral thesis, Growth Options and Investment: A Dynamic Perspective on the Firm’s Allocation of Resources, was the winner of the Advanced Management Program Thesis Fellowship prize. Professor Kester is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Finance Association, the Financial Management Association, the International Economics and Finance Society, and is a Research Associate of The Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies at the Leonard N. Stern School of Management at New York University.

Professor Kester resides in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife, Jane. They have three adult children: Kelsey, Eric and Kirsten.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like W. Carl Kester for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book W. Carl Kester for your next private or corporate function.
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W. Carl Kester Biography

  1. Carl Kester is the George Fisher Baker Jr. Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. A member of the faculty since 1981, he has served as Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs (2006-2010), Chairman of the Finance Unit (2005-2006), and Senior Associate Dean and Chairman of the MBA Program (1999 to 2005). He teaches corporate finance in both the School’s MBA and Executive Education programs.

Under Professor Kester's leadership of HBS's academic programs, a new course on leadership, corporate accountability, and business ethics, and another on entrepreneurial management, were introduced into the MBA Program’s first-year required curriculum; the required finance curriculum was redesigned; and the elective curriculum in the Program’s second year was rebalanced and expanded to improve course development opportunities for faculty and course selection options for students. The MD/MBA, MBA/MPP and MBA/MPA-ID joint degree programs between HBS and Harvard Medical School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, respectively, were also created and launched under his supervision.

In addition to his work at HBS, Professor Kester has chaired the Harvard University Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility, and served on the Harvard University Health Plans Subcommittee, the Harvard University Committee on Calendar Reform, and the Harvard University Employees Credit Union Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Committee to Visit Harvard Medical School and School of Dental Medicine, which reports to the University's Board of Overseers. Professor Kester is a member of the advisory boards for the IESE Business School of the University of Navarra located in Barcelona, Spain; the IPADE Business School in Mexico City, Mexico; and the international advisory committee for a consortium of business schools in the Andean region: INALDE (Colombia); IDE (Ecuador); and PAD (Peru).

Professor Kester’s research and course development focuses on international corporate finance and corporate governance. He is the author or co-author of numerous case studies and articles on these topics. His book, Japanese Takeovers: The Global Contest for Corporate Control, which is a comprehensive field study exploring the Japanese M&A wave of the 1980s and 1990s, was the winner of the O’Melveny & Myers Centennial Grant award. Since 1992, Professor Kester has been a co-editor of the leading volume of finance cases used worldwide, Case Problems in Finance (Irwin/McGraw-Hill), now in its twelfth edition, and Case Problems in International Finance (Irwin/McGraw-Hill). His research has been presented to academic and corporate executive audiences throughout North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Among these are the Council on Foreign Relations, the Financial Executives Institute, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Shanghai Stock Exchange, The Strategic Planning Society, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and the World Economic Forum.

Professor Kester’s consulting activities have involved him with a wide variety of organizations on finance-related topics such as corporate valuation, capital budgeting, real option valuation, and mergers and acquisitions. He has worked with many corporations including J.P. Morgan, IBM, G.E. Capital, Merck & Co., the National Football League, the Standard Chartered Bank, the World Bank, and Xerox Corporation, among others. He is an independent trustee of the BlackRock Closed-End Mutual Funds Complex which consists of approximately 100 funds with combined assets under management in excess of $50 billion. From 2005 to 2008, he was also an independent trustee of Access Capital Strategies Community Investment Fund, Inc., a closed-end mutual fund that enables financial institutions to invest in loans made in low-income areas in such a way as to qualify for Community Reinvestment Act credits. Professor Kester served as a trustee (1988-2002), and as President of the Board of Trustees (1999-2002), of the Nashoba Brooks School, an independent school for boys and girls (pre-school through grade 3) and girls (grades 4 through 8). As Board President, Professor Kester was responsible for developing the School’s long-range plan, and overseeing the School’s first capital campaign and a major expansion of its facilities. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Handel and Haydn Society, a Boston-based musical society featuring an internationally recognized chorus and period instrument orchestra playing historically informed baroque and classical music.

An economics graduate of Amherst College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Professor Kester also holds advanced degrees from Harvard Business School (MBA, Class of 1977), and the London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc.). He received his Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where his doctoral thesis, Growth Options and Investment: A Dynamic Perspective on the Firm’s Allocation of Resources, was the winner of the Advanced Management Program Thesis Fellowship prize. Professor Kester is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Finance Association, the Financial Management Association, the International Economics and Finance Society, and is a Research Associate of The Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies at the Leonard N. Stern School of Management at New York University.

Professor Kester resides in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife, Jane. They have three adult children: Kelsey, Eric and Kirsten.

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  • How to book W. Carl Kester?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like W. Carl Kester for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for W. Carl Kester, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for W. Carl Kester or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book W. Carl Kester?

    Booking fees for W. Carl Kester, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire W. Carl Kester, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for W. Carl Kester?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like W. Carl Kester for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book W. Carl Kester for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent W. Carl Kester or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for W. Carl Kester or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

W. Carl Kester is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book W. Carl Kester for your event is available upon request. W. Carl Kester generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Benjamin C. Esty, Krishna G. Palepu, Robert Eccles, G. Felda Hardymon and Nitin Nohria. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling W. Carl Kester for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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