Marina v.N. Whitman is Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. From 1979 until 1992 she was an officer of the General Motors Corporation, first as Vice President and Chief Economist and later as Vice President and Group Executive for Public Affairs, which included the Economics, Environmental Activities, Industry-Government Relations and Public Relations staffs. She also serves or has served as a Director of several leading multinational corporations.
Prior to her appointment at GM, Professor Whitman was a member of the faculty in the Department of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh, beginning as an instructor in 1962 and becoming Distinguished Public Service Professor of Economics in 1973. She served as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers in 1972-73, while on leave from the University.
Professor Whitman received a B.A. in government from Radcliffe College (now Harvard University) and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Columbia University. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, honors and awards, and holds honorary degrees from over twenty colleges and universities.
Ph.D., Columbia University
She currently serves on the Boards of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Institute for International Economics, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She is a former member of the Boards of Harvard and Princeton Universities, and of the President's Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations. She is also a member of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
She examines questions of international trade and investment, changing relationships between firms and their various constituencies, and current issues in corporate governance and global corporate social responsibility.
Several books and monographs, including New World, New Rules: The Changing Role of the American Corporation (1999) and American Capitalism and Global Convergence (2003) , and many articles, including : "The Open Economy Macromodel: Interactions Between Theoretical Developments and Real-World Behavior," in Arie Arnon and Warren Young (eds.), The Open Economy Macromodel: Past, Present and Future, 2002, "Trade and Growth: Restoring the Virtuous Circle" in Jerry Jasinowski (ed)., The Rising Tide: A Path Towards Higher Growth and Economic Prosperity, 1998; "Labor Market Adjustment and Trade: Their Interaction in the Triad" in Benjamin Cohen (ed.), International Trade and Finance: New Frontiers for Research, 1997; "Has Global Competition Killed the Socially Responsible Corporation?" in John W. Houck and Oliver F. Williams (eds.), Is the Good Corporation Dead? Social Responsibility in a Global Economy, 1996; "Using Board Guidelines As A Strategic Tool," The Corporate Board, September/October 1995; "Flexible Markets, Flexible Firms," The American Enterprise, May-June 1994.