John Lynch

Senior Lecturer

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John Lynch is a businessman and politician who served as the 80th Governor of New Hampshire. He is a senior fellow with Tuck’s Center for Global Business and Government and was the 2013 Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College. His current research focuses on similarities and differences of being CEO in the private versus public sectors.

Prior to governing New Hampshire, he served as CEO of Knoll, an international furniture manufacturer, turning a company losing $50 million per year into one making annual profits of nearly $240 million. He created new jobs, gave factory workers annual bonuses, established a scholarship program for employees’ children, created retirement plans, and gave workers stock in the company. Lynch also served as president of The Lynch Group, a business consulting firm, and as Associate Dean of Admissions at Harvard Business School.

As governor, he initiated the effort to raise the high school dropout age from 16 to 18. This, combined with many other efforts, significantly lowered New Hampshire’s high school dropout rate.

John Lynch is the recipient of many awards for his service to New Hampshire, including the Granite State Legacy Award from the NH Union Leader (2013); Early Learning Champion from Early Learning New Hampshire (2011, 2010); Chairman’s Award from the United Way (2009); From the Heart Award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Hampshire (2006); Concord Salvation Army Civic Award (2006); and Lifetime of Service Award from City Year NH (2006).

He currently serves on the boards of the University System of New Hampshire, Dyn, FIRST Robotics, and Ping4, Inc.

He earned his BA from the University of New Hampshire, MBA from Harvard Business School, and JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Academic Biography
Center for Global Business and Government

Who’s the customer and how do you meet the needs of that customer in the most efficient way possible? Doing so means building trust among various constituencies, creating a cohesive team, and getting good data to make decisions.

– John Lynch