B. Espen Eckbo, Tuck Centennial Professor of Finance and Founding Center Director. After graduating from the University of Rochester with a PhD (1981), he was a professor at the University of British Columbia (1981-1996) and at the Stockholm School of Economics (1996-1998) before joining the Tuck faculty (1998-present). Professor Eckbo has also held visiting professorships teaching PhD and MBA students at MIT, UCLA, and Vanderbilt University. He has performed award-winning research on corporate finance and governance-including the prestigious Batterymarch Fellowship in 1997. He is also a member of the editorial boards of leading scholarly journals and is currently a fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London. Professor Eckbo's business experience spans advisory services, expert witness testimony in cases involving corporate governance and insider trading, board membership at IndexSpar, and chairing the investment committee of the University of Oslo endowment fund.
Karin S. Thorburn, Lindenauer Research Fellow and Professor of Finance at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) in Bergen, Norway. Professor Thorburn was a faculty member at the Tuck School at Dartmouth from 1998-2009. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a PhD in financial economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. Her research focuses on takeovers, bankruptcy, corporate restructuring, corporate governance, and environmentally responsible investing. Her work has been published in the top academic finance journals, including Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Professor Thorburn is a director of the board of Nordea Bank Norge ASA and of the Norwegian Financial Markets Fund. She is a research affiliate of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London, a research associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) in Brussels, a member of the academic advisory council to the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and of the scientific board of the European Center for Corporate Control Studies (ECCCS) in Lille, and associate editor of the Journal of Corporate Finance.
Rafael La Porta, Professor of Finance. He received his PhD in economics from Harvard in 1994 and was on the Harvard faculty from that time until he joined Tuck in 2003. Professor La Porta's research has focused on issues of investor protection and corporate governance across the world, an area known as "law and finance." He is an expert on cross-country differences in laws and practice pertaining to investor protection and how those differences cause economies, stock markets, and firms' financing practices to vary. Professor La Porta teaches the core Corporate Finance course and an elective course in International Corporate Finance.
Kate Hudson, Center Administrator. Kate joined the Center in November 2010. Prior to joining the Center, she started in the Tuck Executive Education office in 2006 first as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director, and was promoted to Assistant Program Coordinator managing the logistics of week-long educational programs for senior level managers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management as well as an associate’s degree in Sport Management from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. Kate is currently acquiring her M.B.A in Sports Management at Franklin Pierce University, and serves as a Board Member of the Upper Valley Young Professionals networking organization.
Giulia Paone, Research Associate. Giulia holds a Juris Doctor Degree (Laurea in Giurisprudenza), cum laude, from the LUISS University of Rome, Italy, where her thesis work dealt with European Company Law and the European Union`s response to questions raised by the Enron case in areas of accounting, auditing and corporate governance. She joined the Center for Corporate Governance in September 2005 after an internship at the European Commission (Directorate General Internal Market and Services - Company Law, Corporate Governance and Financial Crime Unit), where she mainly took part in the work of the team responsible for the drafting of the Shareholder Rights Directive. Giulia’s research at Tuck’s Center for Corporate Governance deals with key corporate governance issues (board composition and effectiveness, independence of directors, executive compensation, shareholder rights), and she is currently working on a large-scale project identifying key obstacles to shareholder voting around the world.
Řyvnd Norli, Research Scholar. Řyvind Norli received his Phd. from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in 1999. During the period 1999 through 2004, Norli held the David Y. Timbrell Junior Professorship (assistant
professor) at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Between 2003 and 2005 Norli was a visiting assistant professor at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. Řyvind Norli has been at Norwegian School of Management (BI) since 2005. Norli's research covers security offerings, investor behavior and empirical asset pricing. His research has been published in top academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Corporate Finance. Norli is a member of the board of directors at Acta Asset Management AS.