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NE Business Visionaries Speak

September 19, 2017
Boston, MA

Member Price: $60
Non-Member Price: $95



Join us at our annual September Kickoff Event, NE Business Visionaries Speak. Tom Kennedy, Chair and CEO of Raytheon, Dr. Susan Hockfield, director of General Electric and President Emerita of MIT, and Dick DeWolfe, Executive Chair of Manulife Financial (parent of John Hancock) will share a glimpse into their boardrooms as they discuss the outlook for 2018 and beyond. Robert Popeo, Chairman of Mintz Levin and Co-Chair of NACD New England chapter will moderate.

Our Panelists:

Dr. Susan HockfieldDr. Susan Hockfield is a director of General Electric.  She also serves on the boards of Partners HealthCare System, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a life member of the MIT Corporation, a trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a board member of the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Her previous board positions include service on the boards of Qualcomm, Carnegie Corp. of New York and the World Economic Forum Foundation.
Dr. Hockfield served from 2004 to 2012 as the sixteenth president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the first life scientist and first woman in that role.  She is now President Emerita, Professor of Neuroscience and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.  As president, Hockfield strengthened the foundations of MIT’s finances and campus planning while advancing Institute-wide programs in sustainable energy and the convergence of the life, physical and engineering sciences.  She helped shape national policy for energy and next-generation manufacturing, appointed by President Obama in 2011 to co-chair the steering committee of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and by serving as a member of a Congressional Commission evaluating the Department of Energy laboratories in 2015. 
As a biologist, Dr. Hockfield pioneered the use of monoclonal antibody technology in brain research, identifying proteins through which neural activity early in life affect brain development.  She discovered a gene implicated in the spread of cancer in the brain, providing a link between her research and human health.  Prior to MIT, she was the William Edward Gilbert Professor of Neurobiology, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1998-2002), and Provost (2003-2004) at Yale University.  She studied at the University of Rochester and Georgetown University and carried out research at the NIH and UCSF before joining the faculty at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and then Yale.  She has published extensively, in scientific and public media.  She is president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and she has received many academic and civic awards, as well as numerous honorary degrees from national and international universities.


Thomas A. KennedyDr. Thomas A. Kennedy is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). Raytheon Company, with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Kennedy joined Raytheon in 1983, starting off in engineering on radar development, and during his more than 30 years with the company, he has developed a deep understanding of the company’s operations, technologies and customers through leadership positions in many different locations and functions.

Before adding the responsibilities of chairman to his position in October 2014, Kennedy became CEO in March 2014, and he was elected to Raytheon’s Board of Directors in January 2014.

Prior to his current roles, Kennedy was executive vice president and chief operating officer, leading the consolidation of Raytheon’s six businesses to four to enhance productivity, agility and affordability of company operations, and increasing international business. Kennedy also provided direct leadership to Raytheon business presidents and enterprise functional leaders including Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance; Contracts and Supply Chain; Business Development; and Global Business Services.

Previously, Kennedy served as a Raytheon Company vice president and president of the Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business, overseeing a broad portfolio of weapons, sensors and integration systems spanning multiple mission areas and provided to a range of domestic and international customers.

Before leading IDS, Kennedy served as vice president of Tactical Airborne Systems (TAS) for the Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) business. At TAS, he was responsible for overall strategic direction and operation of the organization. He also served as Mission Systems Integration vice president with responsibility for the U.K. Ministry of Defence Airborne Stand-Off Radar program.

Earlier in his Raytheon career, Kennedy was a new business leader and program manager for several radar and electronic warfare systems development programs. He holds several patents related to those technologies. In 2003, Kennedy received the Aviation Week Laureate Award for his achievements on the Active Electronically Scanned Array program.

During his military service, Kennedy attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force, with responsibility for managing satellite launch vehicle avionics development and production programs.

Kennedy holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles; and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Rutgers University and the Air Force Institute of Technology, respectively.

Dick DeWolfeDick DeWolfe is Chairman of the Board of Manulife Financial Corporation (parent of John Hancock). A member of the Board since April 2004, he was elected Chairman on May 2, 2013. He is also a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

Mr. DeWolfe is also Managing Partner of DeWolfe & Company, LLC, a real estate management and investment consulting firm. He serves as a Trustee Emeritus of Boston University and a Director of the President’s Council at Massachusetts General Hospital and is a member of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute Advisory Board. He is also Chairman of the Quissett Harbor Preservation Trust and a Corporation Member of Partners HealthCare Systems, Inc.

Mr. DeWolfe was Founder, Chairman and CEO of the DeWolfe Companies, Inc., the largest homeownership organization in New England, the 10th largest independent in the U.S., started in 1975 with nine employees and a plan for an integrated platform of residential real estate brokerage, corporate relocation services, mortgage banking and insurance sales. The Company grew to more than 2,000 associates in 105 offices serving five states and involved the completion of more than 80 mergers and acquisitions. In 1992, the Company completed its IPO and became an American Stock Exchange listed company which was acquired by Cendant Corporation in 2002.

He has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Boston University; was a Founder and Chairman of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (RELO); Member of the Advisory Board, Fannie Mae; Chairman of the Realty Alliance; Chairman, Milton Hospital Foundation; Trustee of MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory); Director of The Boston Foundation; President of the Boston Minuteman Council, Boy Scouts of America; Chairman of the Boston Region of NCCJ. Other past leadership positions include President, Greater Boston Real Estate Board and Director, Massachusetts Association of Realtors.

Richard DeWolfe is a 1971 graduate of Boston University and has received the Boston University Distinguished Alumni Award, 2004; Boston University Roger “Moose” Washburn Memorial Award, 2002; Boston University Arthur Stevens Award 1999; Boston University Thomas Fitzpatrick Memorial Award, 1996; Boston University Metropolitan College, Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession, 1991. He has been recognized as Greater Boston Realtor of the Year as well as Massachusetts Realtor of the Year and is a member of Omega Tau Rho. Mr. DeWolfe is a Vietnam-era veteran having served in the United States Air Force, Communications Services. He holds an Executive Masters Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors.

Our Moderator:

R. Robert PopeoR. Robert Popeo is Chairman and President of Mintz Levin and is a member of the firm’s Policy Committee.   Bob is credited with establishing the firm’s Litigation Practice and, in particular, the nationally recognized White Collar Criminal Defense Practice.   From playing a key role in reforming the Massachusetts court system to his active involvement in a long list of charitable endeavors, he has been an integral part of the fabric of Boston’s business and civic communities for more than 40 years. 

Bob has had a legal career that includes representation of a full spectrum of high-profile clients, including CEOs, doctors, lawyers, college presidents and leading political figures.  He has also represented several Fortune 100 companies and their directors and officers, and has served as a director of a number of public company boards.  Early in his professional career, Bob served as a Law Clerk to a Federal Judge, a Special Assistant Attorney General and a United States Commissioner (now known as United States Magistrate Judge).

As part of his commitment to the community, Bob has served on numerous boards of nonprofits. He has also served as an instructor at Boston University Law School, and is a frequent lecturer at public company director forums and law school programs and is a member of faculty of The American College of Corporate Governance.  Bob serves as Co-Chairman of, and is on the board of, the National Association of Corporate Directors’ New England Chapter; he is a member of the Board of Overseers at Northeastern University; he is a member of the Board of Advisors at Birmingham Business School (UK), an Associate Trustee of Boston College, and is on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable.

Location and Time


Seaport Hotel
1 Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210

Program Start: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration Begins 30 minutes prior.


  NACDNE September 2017 Meeting summary



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