John L. Thornton

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John L. Thornton
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Occupation Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Employer Brookings Institution
Location Washington, D.C.

John L. Thornton is chairman of the board of trustees of the Brookings Institution. [1] He is a professor and director of global leadership at Tsinghua University in Beijing. [2]

Thornton serves on numerous boards, including Ford Motor Company, [3] Intel, [4] and the Asia Society.[5] Thornton is co-chair the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation. [6]


Thornton joined Goldman Sachs in 1980 and became a partner in 1988. From 1999 to 2003 when he retired, he served as president and co-chief operating officer.[7]


Thornton earned a BA in History from Harvard University in 1976 and a bachelor's and master's in Jurisprudence from Oxford University Law School in 1978. He also earned an MA in Public and Private Management from Yale University in 1980. [8]


  1. Leadership. Brookings Institution.
  2. News & Events. Tsinghua University.
  3. Board of Directors. Ford Motor Company.
  4. Intel Executive Biography. Intel.
  5. Trustees. Asia Society.
  6. Committee Members. Committee on Capital Markets Regulation.
  7. Press Releases. Goldman Sachs.
  8. Profile. NNBD.