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John L. Thornton is Professor and Director of Global Leadership at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is a former President and Co-COO of Goldman Sachs. In 1983, Thornton founded and developed Goldman Sachs' European mergers and acquisitions business. He served as co-CEO of Goldman Sachs International in London from 1995 to 1996. Thornton was Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia from 1996 to 1998, where he expanded the firm's regional franchise during the Asian financial crisis. Thornton is a director of Intel, Pacific Century Group, Ford Motor Company, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Netcom, and News Corporation. He is also Chairman of the Board of The Brookings Institution.

Early life and career

Thornton earned his high school Diploma from the Hotchkiss School, a boarding school in Lakeville, Connecticut. He is currently President of the Board of Trustees of the Hotchkiss School.

Thornton earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard College, bachelor's and master's degrees from Oxford University, and a master's degree from Yale School of Management.

Thornton is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, he serves as trustee or advisory board member for a wide range of organizations, including the Asia Society, China Institute, China Securities Regulatory Commission, the Eisenhower Fellowships, Financial Services Volunteer Corps, The Hotchkiss School, International Advisory Committee of the China Reform Forum, Morehouse College, National Committee for U.S. China Relations, Nelson Mandela Legacy Foundation (US), Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (Beijing), the Yale School of Management [1] and Co-Chairs the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation.

In 2006, Thornton funded the establishment of the John L. Thornton China Center at the The Brookings Institution.[2]

In 2009, he also became a member of the International Advisory Council of the Chinese sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation.[3]


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