John Lawson Thornton is an American businessperson who has been at the helm of 12 different companies. Mr. Thornton occupies the position of Non-Independent Executive Chairman at Barrick Gold Corp. and Chairman at Zenti, Inc. He is also Co-Chairman at The Brookings Institution, Co-Chairman at Asia Society, President at China Institute of Metrology, Member of Council on Foreign Relations, Inc., Professor & Director-Global Leadership Program at Tsinghua School of Economics & Management and Trustee & Member at China Foreign Affairs University and on the board of 13 other companies.
In the past John Lawson Thornton occupied the position of Chairman of Silk Road Finance Corp. Ltd., President, Co-Chief Operating Officer & Director at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Chairman for Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC (South Korea), Chairman at Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs International, Inc. (which are all subsidiaries of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.), Non-Executive Chairman of HSBC North America Holdings, Inc. and Non-Executive Chairman for PineBridge Investments LLC.
He received a graduate degree and an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford, a graduate degree from Yale School of Management and an undergraduate degree from Harvard College.