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Brian Tomlinson, Director, Research, CEO Investor Forum; CECP (Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose)

Brian Tomlinson, Director, Research, CEO Investor Forum; CECP (Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose)

As Director of Research at CECP's CEO Investor Forum, Brian develops practical executive-ready research to enable issuers to reorient their disclosures toward the long-term. The research program provides principles, frameworks, and management approaches for the practice of long-term disclosure. The work also draws on structured collaborations with organizations such as Edelman, FCLTGlobal, KKS Advisors, and NYU Stern.


Brian's work on capital markets has been published by Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, MIT Sloan Management Review, the World Economic Forum, the Financial Times, the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Harvard Business School, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, Top 1000 Funds, and the Huffington Post. Brian is a regular presenter at conferences having recently spoken at the Securities and Exchange Commission's Roundtable on Short-Term Markets, Deutsche Bank's ESG Conference and Investor Relations Magazine's ESG Symposium among many others.


Brian is an expert in fiduciary duty, sustainable business and investment practice. Brian has a decade of experience as a corporate finance attorney specializing in leverage finance and financial restructuring and worked in the business turnaround group of an investment bank.


Brian also served as the Managing Director of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism. As a research fellow at Harvard, Brian worked with Professor Rebecca Henderson, Professor Roberto Unger, the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, and Professor Robert D. Putnam. Brian has authored several reports on investor Fiduciary Duty, including on capital markets in the US, UK, Japan, Canada, Brazil and South Africa – and a report on the role of sustainability in corporate pension plans.


Brian has an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School and a degree in politics, philosophy and economics from the University of Oxford.



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