Ira C. Magaziner
Ira C. Magaziner is Senior Advisor to the President for Policy Development. Since August 1995, Mr. Magaziner has been chairing a joint National Economic Council/National Security Council initiative to increase U.S. exports.
Recently, Mr. Magaziner completed a document outlining the U.S. government strategy for promoting the development of global electronic commerce on the Internet.
Mr. Magaziner and his team, as part of the 1996 National Export Strategy, announced a joint program to be administered by EXIM and SBA to improve access to financing for small businesses engaged in export activities.
Mr. Magaziner managed the development of the President,s health care reform initiative before chairing the export project.
Prior to his White House appointment, Mr. Magaziner earned respect as one of America's most successful corporate strategists, building two successful corporate strategy consulting firms and directing policy analysis for major corporations.
From 1990-1992, Mr. Magaziner's firm, SJS Inc., earned revenue from corporate strategy work and invested it in pro bono public policy projects and charitable ventures. The firm contributed more than $2 million to projects related to education, health care and social services.
Mr. Magaziner founded Telesis in 1979 and built it into a respected international firm with offices and affiliates in the U.S., France, Japan and Australia. Mr. Magaziner sold Telesis in 1986 to Towers Perrin Inc. and managed the U.S. strategy practice for Towers Perrin from 1986 to 1989. Prior to forming Telesis, Mr. Magaziner worked as a corporate strategist for the Boston Consulting Group in Boston, London and Tokyo from 1973 to 1979.
Mr. Magaziner graduated in 1969 as valedictorian from Brown University and attended Balliol College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. While at Brown, he initiated and wrote a report on education reform and organized a student and faculty effort that led to a major overhaul of the university curriculum.
He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, the New England Institute of Technology, and the University of Maryland.