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The Business Council website [1] lists their Officers for 2007 as...

The Business Council website[2] lists their Executive Committee for 2007 as...

Johnson & Johnson Board members Leo F Mullin, Charles Prince and William C Weldon are reported to be members of the Business Council[4] [5].

Coca Cola Board of Directors member James D Robinson III is reported to serve as a member of the Business Council as well as being general partner and co-founder of RRE Ventures, president of J D Robinson Inc. (a strategic consulting firm) and non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors for Bristol-Myers Squibb (since 1976). His biography goes on to report that he also serves on the Boards of Directors of Novell Inc., Visiprise and PrimeRevenue. Robinson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an honorary trustee of the Brookings Institution and honorary chairman of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Robinson was previously Chairman and CEO of American Express Company (1977 to 1993), Co-Chairman of the Business Roundtable and Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN)[6].

George M C Fisher, who previously served as Vice Chairman for The Business Council (1997-1999) is also on the Board of Directors for Eli Lilly[7]. Fisher is also a Senior Advisor for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Company and Presiding Director of General Motors Corporation. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the International Academy of Astronautics. Fisher's previous involvements include serving as chairman & CEO for Motorola Inc. and the Eastman Kodak Company. He worked for ten years in research and development at Bell Telephone Laboratories, served as Chairman of PanAmSat Corporation and was on the boards of AT&T, American Express Company, Comcast Corporation, Delta Air Lines Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, Hughes Electronics Corporation, Motorola, Inc., Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, Brown University and The National Urban League Inc. Fisher also served as chairman of the National Academy of Engineering (2000-2004), is a former member of the boards of the University of Illinois Foundation (1997-1999) and the U.S.-China Business Council (1997-1999), former chairman the Council on Competitiveness (1991-1993), former member of the World Wildlife Fund National Council and Trustee Emeritus of George Eastman House. He also previously served as Chairman of the Industry Policy Advisory Committee (IPAC). It is also reported that Fisher 'has been active in U.S./International trade issues through advisory groups to the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce'. Fisher's previous involvements also include serving as member of the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations which he joined in 1997[8]

Robert Essner - Chairman of Wyeth pharmaceutical company is reported to be a member of the Business Council[9]. Essner is also Chairman of the Children's Health Fund Corporate Council, a member of the Business Roundtable, a member of the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Essner's past involvements include serving as Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and 13 years service with Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corporation (where he was named Chief Operating Officer in 1988).


Excerpt from G. William Domhoff, (1979) The Powers That Be, Business Council, Vintage. pp. 67-9.


  1. Business Council Member Directory Accessed 27th December 2007
  2. Business Council Member Directory Accessed 27th December 2007
  3. Eli Lilly and Company Sidney Taurel Accessed 31st January 2008
  4. Business Council Investor Relations - Board of Directors Accessed 27th December 2007
  5. Businessweek Executive profile Accessed 27th December 2007
  6. Coca Cola Company James D Robinson Accessed 21st January 2008
  7. Eli Lilly and Company George M C Fisher Accessed 31st January 2008
  8. Clinton Presidential Centre President Names Members to Advisory Committee for Trade Policy Accessed 31st January 2008
  9. Wyeth Robert Essner Accessed 6th February 2008