Benjamin W. Heineman Jr.

Benjamin W. Heineman Jr.
  • Benjamin W. Heineman Jr.
    CSIS Trustee and Distinguished Senior Adviser (Non-resident)
  • Benjamin Heineman is a graduate of Harvard College (1965), Oxford University (1967), and Yale Law School (1971). A former Rhodes scholar, editor in chief of the Yale Law Journal, and law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, he practiced law in Washington, D.C., before serving at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1977 to 1980. He ended his tenure there as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation. Mr. Heineman was then managing partner of the Washington office of Sidley & Austin, focusing on the Supreme Court and test case litigation. He has written books on British race relations and the American presidency, and he is the author of High Performance with High Integrity (Harvard Business Press, 2008). In 1987, Mr. Heineman became senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of the General Electric Company (GE) located in Fairfield, Connecticut. In 2004, he was named GE’s senior vice president for law and public affairs and served in that position until his retirement at the end of 2005. Mr. Heineman is currently senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a distinguished senior fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession. He is also senior counsel to the law firm of WilmerHale. Mr. Heineman is on the Board of Managers and Overseers of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and on the Board of Directors at Transparency International–USA. He is a life trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and serves on the Board of Trustees at the Central European University and the Committee for Economic Development. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award by Corporate Board Member magazine in 2008 and the American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.


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