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John Stopford is Professor Emeritus of the London Business School, where he was the founding Chairman of the Strategic and International Management Area. He is also Chairman of TLP International Inc., a Visiting Professor at Nihon University, Tokyo and the Kiel Institute of World Economics. Professor Stopford is a board-level consultant and coach for chief executives, as well as designer of board-level executive education programmes for many multinationals. His services have been retained by governments (most recently Brazil and Peru) and by ministries such as METI (formerly MITI) in Japan.

He is a Fellow of the AIB and has been a member since the early 1970s. He was elected Vice-President for the 1995-6 term and was co-chair of the 1995 Annual meeting in Seoul. His first book, with Lou Wells of Harvard, was profiled at the 2002 Annual meeting in Puerto Rico.

His publications include 20 books and monographs and over 80 scholarly articles. His first book, Managing the Multinational Enterprise (with Louis Wells, 1972) was a best seller in the USA and Japan. Rival States, Rival Firms (with Susan Strange, 1991) won the book prize of the US Academy of Management in 1992 and Rejuvenating the Mature Business (with Charles Baden-Fuller, 1994) won the innovation award of Choice magazine. His latest book, The Future of the Multinational Company (joint editor), was published by Wiley in 2004.

Professor Stopford’s first job was in the Rotterdam docks in the 1950s. He trained as a craft apprentice at Baker Perkins in the UK and then as an engineer at Oxford and at MIT, where he worked in the Saturn 1 programme. He worked for Royal Dutch/Shell in the Netherlands and the UK and was later managing director of a subsidiary of Booker McConnell in Guyana. He taught at Harvard, where he earned his doctorate as a Ford Foundation Fellow, and at the Manchester Business School, before joining London in 1971. In addition, he has held appointments as visiting professor at Wharton and MIT (USA), Stockholm (Sweden), and Aoyama Gakuin (Tokyo). He has also worked as a senior staff member at the United Nations, served as non-executive director of Shell (UK) Ltd. and the Land Warfare Centre of the British Army, as Board Advisor to Vickers plc, as director of numerous small companies and on various UK committees of enquiry.

He is married to Sally and has two sons and three grandchildren. He is a member of the Steering Group of the Order of St. John and a Governor of Goodenough College in London. He made two first ascents in the Himalayas in the 1950s and is now a keen hill walker. Music, theatre and reading are among his other hobbies.


John Stopford died on August 13, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. 

Last Updated: November 2006

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