Leadership and Team
W. Michael Hoffman, PhD
Executive Director, Center for Business Ethics, and
Hieken Professor of Business and Professional Ethics
Michael Hoffman is CBE's founding executive director. He has written or edited 16 books on business ethics and is the author of more than 95 articles. He is contacted frequently by news media for analysis and comment in connection with ethical issues of the day. For more than 20 years, he has been consulting on business ethics for universities, government agencies and corporations in many different industries. He was the first executive director and for 10 years the Adviser to the Board of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association, which he co-founded in 1992. He was the past president of the Society for Business Ethics, which he co-founded in 1980. Hoffman was named Humanist of the Year by the Ethical Society of Boston in 2007 and received the 2009 Award of the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Mary E. Chiasson
Senior Associate Director
Mary Chiasson joined CBE in September of 1990 and, apart from Hoffman, is the longest serving member of the staff.
As CBE's administrative head and chief of staff, her areas of responsibility include finance, purchasing, staff recruitment and supervision, academic prize administration, logistic planning and coordination for CBE's executive education programs and lectureships, symposia and other events. In addition, she serves as liaison with CBE's advisory board, executive fellows and visiting scholars.
Prior to her current position, Chiasson was CBE's assistant director. Her loyalty, dedication and service to CBE and the Bentley community have been recognized with various awards and honors.
Robert E. McNulty, PhD
Director of Programs
Bob McNulty joined CBE after many years in both business and academia. The focus of his PhD, which he received from Columbia University, Teachers College, was in the philosophy and psychology of ethics. Earlier, he received his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He has taught at several universities and has had a distinguished career in international business, specializing in the application of public relations to assist countries in their economic development efforts. He has lived overseas in France, Taiwan, Indonesia and Singapore. McNulty continues to provide educational and consulting services in applied ethics.
Gail Sands has been CBE's administrative assistant since 2004.
Her responsibilities include receiving visitors, supervising the work of CBE's Sullivan Scholars and work-study students, administering CBE's library, assisting Michael Hoffman, and general administration. Prior to joining CBE, she worked as an administrative assistant to the Vice President of Marketing at Fleet Bank in Waltham, Mass.
Robert E. Frederick, PhD
Senior Research Scholar, and
Editor, Business and Society Review (The Journal of the Center for Business Ethics)
One of the great early advocates of business ethics was the human rights leader and campaigner against apartheid, Reverend Leon H. Sullivan. In honor of him, an endowed Sullivan Scholars program was established according to which every year approximately six to eight students from the minority backgrounds and with an interest in business ethics are provided with internships at CBE. In a multitude of ways, our Sullivan Scholars have an essential role in supporting the Center in carrying out is activities throughout the academic year. Learn more.
Formed in 1992, the CBE Advisory Board comprises CEOs, presidents and senior managers — including some corporate ethics officers and Bentley alumni. Board members are dedicated to support the center in its effort to promote ethical business practices.
Lawrence J. LaShomb, Jr.
Chairman of the Board, Ethics & Compliance Officer Association; compliance officer Iberdrola USA Management Corporation
John J. Desmond III
Senior Vice President-Legal and Compliance Officer (retired), Boston Edison Company
President, Driscoll Associates; Former Vice President of Corporate Affairs and General Counsel, Filene’s
Jacquelyn Gates Shipe
Associate Vice President, Development, University of Alabama; Former Ethics Officer, World Bank
President, Ethical Markets Media
Robert Holland Jr.
Former President and CEO, Ben & Jerry’s
Ira A. Lipman
Chairman of the Board and President, Guardsmark LLC
William K. O’Brien
Global Human Capital Leader (retired), PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Howard D. Putnam
President, Howard D. Putnam Enterprises, Inc.; Former CEO, Southwest Airlines
President, RiboNovix, Inc.; Former President and CEO, Aquila Biopharmaceuticals