He is co-author of the book Reinventing Education: Entrepreneurship
in America's Public Schools.
Gerstner is a director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and
a member of the advisory boards of DaimlerChrysler and Sony
Corporation. He is vice chairman of the board of Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a member of the board of the
Council on Foreign Relations, a member of The Business Council,
and a fellow of the America-China Forum. In past years he
served on the boards of The New York Times Company; American
Express Company; AT&T; Caterpillar, Incorporated; Jewel
Companies; Melville Corporation; and RJR Nabisco Holdings
He has received numerous awards for his work in education,
among them The Cleveland E. Dodge Medal for Distinguished
Service to Education Teachers College, Columbia University,
and the Distinguished Service to Science and Education award
from the American Museum of Natural History.
In recognition of his efforts on behalf of public education,
as well as his business accomplishments, Queen Elizabeth II
awarded Gerstner the designation of honorary Knight of the
British Empire in June 2001.
Louis V Gerstner, Jr, was chairman of the board of IBM Corporation
from April 1993 until his retirement in December 2002. He served
as chief executive officer of IBM from 1993 until March 2002.
In January 2003, he assumed the position of chairman of The
Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm located in Washington,
Prior to joining IBM, Gerstner served for four years as chairman
and chief executive officer of RJR Nabisco, Inc. This was
preceded by an 11-year career at American Express Company,
where he was president of the parent company and chairman
and CEO of its largest subsidiary, American Express Travel
Related Services Company. Prior to that, Gerstner was a director
of the management consulting firm of McKinsey & Company,
Incorporated, which he joined in 1965.
A lifetime advocate of the importance of quality education,
Gerstner recently created The Teaching Commission to develop
specific policy recommendations to deal with the teaching
crisis America is facing. From 1996 to 2002, he co-chaired
Achieve, an organisation created by United States Governors
and business leaders to drive high academic standards for
public schools in the United States.