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Robert Howell

Senior Lecturer

D.B.A., Harvard University (management controls)
M.B.A., Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (industrial management)
B.S., Bucknell University (electrical engineering)

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Dr. Howell is senior partner of the Howell Group, LLC. He also was the David T. McLaughlin Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business Administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, until his retirement in 2015. Previously, he held professorial appointments at Harvard Business School, New York University, IMD–International Institute for Management Development (Lausanne, Switzerland); Thunderbird, and The American Graduate School of International Management.

He is one of the foremost authorities in the world on the changing role of finance and accounting in the context of the increasingly global, competitive, and rapidly changing business environment.  His activities span fundamental research in his field, fast conversion to education, and assisting leading edge corporations affect change.

He has been the faculty director for Tuck Executive Education’s “Strategic Financial Leadership Program,” aimed toward future CFOs, since 2010. Earlier, he designed and led IMD’s “Strategic Finance Program” which reached financial executives from more than 50 companies and 30 countries.

Dr. Howell has taught management strategy and policy, corporate financial management, financial and managerial accounting, internal reporting and control systems, and financial statement analysis in Executive MBA, MBA, MS in Accounting, and DBA programs.  He is the recipient of a number of outstanding teaching awards including “4-star” recognition by Business Week.

Dr. Howell has run his own consulting firm for more than 40 years.  His clients have included General Electric, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Caterpillar, Boeing, Hallmark, AT&T, Nestles and many others.  Earlier in his career, he was the chief financial officer for two publicly traded consumer product companies.

He has designed and led a number of study missions for senior executives to U.S. and Japanese companies for the purpose of studying best practices, and, over the years, has organized and led a number of “roundtables” bringing together senior financial executives from a number of non-competing companies to discuss current challenges and issues they are facing.

He has been a technical advisor for two Fortune CFO Conferences, a subject matter expert for three Wall Street Journal CFO Network Programs, and currently serves on the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts Panel.” He has been on the teaching faculty for the NACD’s Director Professionalism Program since 2005.

His writings and thoughts have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Management Accounting, The Handbook of Cost Management, Financial Executive, The Financial Times, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal and other publications.