Business Roundtable

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Business Roundtable is a lobbying association made up of CEOs of major US companies.


Coca Cola Board of Directors member James D Robinson III is reported to be a former Co-Chairman of the Business Roundtable. Robinson's biography also describes him as a 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). He also serves on the Boards of Directors of Novell Inc., Visiprise and PrimeRevenue. Robinson is a member of the Business Council and the Council on Foreign Relations, Honorary Trustee for 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) and Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN)[1].

Sidney Taurel - Chairman & CEO of Eli Lilly and Company is reported to be a member of the Business Roundtable[2]. Taurel is also a member of the boards of IBM Corporation, McGraw-Hill Companies Inc., the RCA Tennis Championships, is a member of the board of overseers of the Columbia Business School, a trustee at Indianapolis Museum of Art and a member of The Business Council. He is also on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and is an officer of the French Legion of Honor. Taurel was previously president and a member of the executive committee of the board of directors for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

Robert Essner - Chairman of Wyeth pharmaceutical company is reported to be a member of the Business Roundtable[3]. Essner is also Chairman of the Children's Health Fund Corporate Council, a member of the Business Council, 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).

PR & Lobbying

In 2008, the Business Roundtable is listed as a past or current client of The Gorlin Group[4]


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


  1. Coca Cola Company James D Robinson Accessed 21st January 2008
  2. Eli Lilly and Company Sidney Taurel Accessed 31st January 2008
  3. Wyeth Robert Essner Accessed 6th February 2008
  4. The Gorlin Group Clients Accessed 20th March 2008