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Anthony Mayo  

Thomas S. Murphy Senior Lecturer of Business Administration Director, Leadership Initiative

Tony Mayo is the Thomas S. Murphy Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in the Organizational Behavior Unit of Harvard Business School (HBS). He currently teaches FIELD, Field Immersion and Experiential Leadership Development, a new required experiential, field-based course in the first year of the MBA Program. Previously, he co-created and taught the course, “Great Business Leaders: The Importance of Contextual Intelligence.” In addition, Tony teaches extensively in leadership-based executive education programs. He is the co-author of In Their Time: The Greatest Business Leaders of the 20th Century, which has been translated into 5 languages. He is also the co-author of Paths to Power: How Insiders and Outsiders Shaped American Business Leadership and Entrepreneurs, Managers and Leaders: What the Airline Industry Can Teach Us About Leadership. These books have been derived from the development of the Great American Business Leaders database that Dean Nitin Nohria and Tony created (see

As Director of the Leadership Initiative, Tony oversees several comprehensive research projects on emerging, global, and legacy leadership and manages a number of executive education programs on leadership development. He was a co-creator of the High Potentials Leadership Development, Leadership for Senior Executives, Leading with Impact, and the Leadership Best Practices programs and has been a principal contributor to a number of custom leadership development programs. He created and oversees the executive coaching component of Harvard Business School's Program for Leadership Development.

Prior to his current role, Tony pursued a career in database marketing where he held senior general management positions at advertising agency - Hill Holliday, database management firm - Epsilon, and full-service direct marketing company - DIMAC Marketing Corporation. Most recently, Tony served as the General Manager of Hill Holliday's Customer Relationship Management Practice.

At Epsilon, he served as Acting Chief Executive Officer where he had full responsibility for the delivery and management of strategic and database marketing services for Fortune 1000 companies and national not-for-profit organizations. He also held senior management positions in Epsilon's sales and account management departments. At DIMAC Marketing Corporation, Tony served as Vice President of Strategic Development and Acting Chief Financial Officer. In this capacity, Tony led the development of an integrated strategic plan for DIMAC's disparate business units and coordinated the ultimate sale of the company. Prior to his work in the database marketing industry, Tony served as the Director of MBA Program Administration at Harvard Business School.

Tony completed his MBA from Harvard Business School and received his Bachelor's Degree, summa cum laude, from Boston College.

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