James S. Crown

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Henry Crown & Co.

James S. Crown

James S. Crown

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Henry Crown & Co.

Biography

James S. Crown joined Henry Crown and Company, a privately owned investment company that invests in public and private securities, real estate and operating companies, in 1985. He has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Crown and Company since 2018; he had been President from 2002 to 2017. Before joining Henry Crown and Company, Mr. Crown was a Vice President of Salomon Brothers Inc. Capital Markets Service Group.

Mr. Crown has been a director of General Dynamics Corporation since 1987 and has served as its Lead Director since 2010. Mr. Crown served as a director of Sara Lee Corporation from 1998 to 2012.

Mr. Crown is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute, a Trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry and of the University of Chicago. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was formerly a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.

Mr. Crown graduated from Hampshire College and received a law degree from Stanford University Law School.

Overview
Career Highlights

Aspen Skiing Co. LLC
Henry Crown & Co.

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8480

Number of Boards

21

Birthday

1953 - Chicago, IL, United States

Age

67

Number of Awards

1

Relationships
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Former President at General Dynamics Corporation

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President at The University of Chicago

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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Founder at Ariel Investments LLC

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Professional at Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation

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General Partner at Henry Crown & Co.

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SEE Schedule at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Group Return

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Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Exelon Corporation

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Executive Vice President, Biology & Medicine, President of the University of Chicago Health System, Dean, Division of the Biological Sciences & Dean, Pritzker School of Medicine at The University of Chicago

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Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer at General Dynamics Corporation

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Co-Founder at Clean Energy Trust

Clean Energy Trust is a non-profit organization which provides clean energy technology solutions. The firm also specializes in commercializing research from labs and universities into the market. The company was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Sibling
Chairman & Founder at Susan Crown Exchange, Inc.

Parent
Former President at General Dynamics Corporation

General Dynamics is a market leader in business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and mission-critical information systems and technology. The company was formed in 1952 through the combination of the Electric Boat Company, Consolidated Vultee (CONVAIR) and several others. The company grew organically and through acquisitions until the early 1990s, when they sold many of our defense-related businesses. Starting in the mid-1990s, they began expanding by acquiring combat vehicle-related businesses, additional shipyards, information-technology product and service companies and Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

Education
Law Degree
Class of 1980

Stanford began offering a curriculum in legal studies in 1893, when the university engaged its first two law professors. One was Benjamin Harrison, former President of the United States, who delivered a landmark series of lectures on the Constitution. The other was Nathan Abbott, who served as head of the nascent law program. Abbott assembled a small faculty to which he imparted a standard of rigor and excellence that endures to this day.In an effort to acknowledge the emerging professional nature of the department, Stanford's Board of Trustees passed a resolution in 1908 to substitute the term 'law school' for 'law department,' though technically the law program remained a department within the university.The law school was at the forefront of efforts to institute the California Bar exam, which was added to the requirements to practice law in California in 1919. The law school was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1923, the year the ABA began certifying law schools.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Class of 1976

At Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, students will get a respected and rigorous education that uses an alternative, progressive curriculum designed to meet student’s individual interests and talents. Majors at Hampshire are designed by the students and could include any combination of subject areas. Some of the subjects available for study at Hampshire include: *Animation and Digital Arts *Film *Health/Pre-Medical Studies *Marine Science *Religion *Social Change *Theatre Since Hampshire is a part of a five-college system, students may also take courses at one of the four other schools in the system, including Amherst College and University of Massachusetts. At the conclusion of each course, students receive evaluations instead of grades. Outside projects are also a substantial part of the curriculum, with portfolios of work supplementing tests and exams. In addition to grades, admissions officers take each student’s extracurricular involvement and personal dedication to learning into account. SAT scores are optional, but more than 85% of students do submit them. Financial aid is awarded when students and their families have a verifiable financial need. Aid awards include grants, loans and work-study.

Memberships
Member
Current

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs. With a current membership of 4,000 American Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members, the Academy has four major goals: Promoting service and study through analysis of critical social and intellectual issues and the development of practical policy alternatives; Fostering public engagement and the exchange of ideas with meetings, conferences, and symposia bringing diverse perspectives to the examination of issues of common concern; Mentoring a new generation of scholars and thinkers through the Visiting Scholars Program and Hellman Fellowship Program; Honoring excellence by electing to membership men and women in a broad range of disciplines and professions. Click here to learn about our new members. The Academy's headquarters are in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With its geographically diverse membership, it conducts activities in this country and abroad

Member
Current

Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Bar Association is the premier legal association in the state. As a voluntary organization of more than 30,000 members, the Association's primary focus is to assist Illinois lawyers in the practice of law and to promote improvements in the administration of justice. The Association engages in many important activities on behalf of the profession — among them proposing and shaping legislation, educating the public, and supporting the courts and the rule of law

Member
Current

The Economic Strategy Group (ESG), a non-profit program of the Aspen Institute, is composed of a diverse, bipartisan group of distinguished leaders and thinkers with the goal of promoting evidence-based solutions to significant U.S. economic challenges. Co-chaired by Henry M. Paulson, Jr. and Erskine Bowles, the ESG fosters the exchange of economic policy ideas and seeks to clarify the lines of debate on emerging economic issues while promoting bipartisan relationship-building among current and future generations of policy leaders in Washington.

Career History
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
1985 - Current

Henry Crown & Co. provides investment advisory services. It manages investments in banking, transportation, oil and gas, cellular phones, home furnishings, and resort properties. The company is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Managing Partner
Current

Aspen Skiing Co. provides unparalleled mountain sports. It offers accommodation, restaurants, and mountain tours. It also promotes its properties summer activities including gondola rides, skiing, mountain bike riding, and naturalist programs. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Aspen, CO.

Vice President, Capital Markets Service Group
Prior

Salomon Brothers Inc conducts a global investment banking business, including providing analysis, market-making and brokerage services primarily to institutional investor.

Boards & Committees
Independent Director
1998 - 2012

Based in Downers Grove, Ill., Sara Lee Corporation is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, brand-name products for consumers throughout the world. Our businesses are: North American Retail North American Foodservice International Beverage International Bakery Sara Lee Corporation's leading brands are household names known around the globe. Our preeminent brands are built on consumer needs and expectations, offering exceptional quality and value. Our brands include Ball Park, Douwe Egberts, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Senseo and our namesake, Sara Lee Sara Lee Corporation builds and maintains leadership positions through innovation and responsiveness. Some of our brands are decades - or even centuries - old, and many are leaders in their respective categories. For more information about our brands, go to the Our Brands section of this Web site. Financial Information Sara Lee Corporation stock is listed under the symbol SLE on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. The stock is also traded on the London exchange. Options are traded on the American Stock Exchange. The corporation's daily trading activity, stock price and dividend information are in the financial sections of most major newspapers. Quarterly earnings reports and related news can be found in the Investors section of this Web site

Director
1991 - 2004

Bank One Corporation was the sixth-largest bank in the United States. It traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock symbol ONE. The company merged with JPMorgan Chase & Co. on July 1, 2004. The company had its headquarters in the Bank One Plaza (now the Chase Tower) in the Chicago Loop in Chicago, Illinois, now the headquarters of Chase's retail banking division.

Member, National Finance Committee
Prior

Barack Obama, then junior United States Senator from Illinois, announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States in Springfield, Illinois, on February 10, 2007. On August 27, 2008, he was declared nominee of the Democratic Party for the 2008 presidential election. He was the first African American in history to be nominated on a major party ticket. On August 23, 2008, Barack Obama's campaign announced that Senator Joe Biden of Delaware would be the Vice Presidential nominee On November 4, 2008, Obama won the election, making him the President-elect and the first African American elected President of the United States

Chairman, Board of Trustees
Prior

The University of Chicago Medical Center includes a primary adult care hospital, a children's hospital, a women's health and maternity facility, an outpatient care center, a network of area physicians and a home health care organization. The company was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$25K +
2018

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

$500 +
2018

The Museum of Modern Art exhibits modern and contemporary art. The organization was founded by Alfred H. Barr in 1929 and is located in New York, NY.

$7,500 +
2018

HIGH JUMP IS A TUITION FREE, TWO YEAR ENRICHMENT PROGRAM FOR TALENTED AND MOTIVATED MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH LIMITED FAMILY INCOME. THE STUDENTS ATTEND CLASSES FOR A SIX WEEK SESSION DURING THE SUMMERS BEFORE 7TH AND 8TH GRADE; AS WELL AS ATTEND CLASSES TWO SATURDAYS A MONTH DURING THE SCHOOL YEARS. THE PROGRAM GOALS ARE TO IMPROVE THE STUDENTS' ACADEMIC CAPABILITIES, GROW THEIR SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL COMPETENCIES AND INCREASE THEIR ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS. HIGH JUMP ALSO OFFERS PROGRAMMING FOR ALUMNI (HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS). THIS PROGRAMMING IS FOCUSED ON HELPING STUDENTS NAVIGATE HIGH SCHOOL, DEVELOP LEADERSHIP SKILLS, AND GAIN ACCEPTANCE AND ENROLL IN A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE PROGRAM.

Political Donations
$2,700
2018

Representative from Illinois's 3rd Congressional District

$2,700
2018

Representative from New York's 23rd Congressional District

$2,700
2018

Senator from West Virginia

Awards & Honors
Rank #55
2014
Chicago Magazine - 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans
Events
Speaker
Aspen, CO, United States
2011 Aspen Ideas Festival

Entering its seventh year, the Aspen Ideas Festival gathered some of the most interesting thinkers and leaders from around the US and abroad to discuss their work, the issues that inspire them, and their ideas. Presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the Festival is unique in its dedication to dialogue and exchange, and in its commitment to bringing ideas to the public at large. FORA.tv is pleased to present Festival programs taking place at the Aspen Institute's Paepcke Auditorium.

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