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Karen Brenner

Karen  Brenner

Joined Stern 2007

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 7-146
New York, NY 10012

E-mail kbrenner@stern.nyu.edu

Biography

Karen Brenner joined New York University Stern School of Business as an Adjunct Associate Professor in May 2007, became a Clinical Professor of Business in September 2008 and Executive Director of Law and Business Initiatives in 2012. She teaches Professional Responsibility in Law and Business, Ethical and Legal Challenges of the Modern Corporation: Law and Business, Corporate Governance in Law and Business, Corporate Turnarounds and Leadership in Law and Business, Professional Responsibility and Leadership and Business and Its Publics. Professor Brenner also serves as a corporate director.

Professor Brenner's areas of interest include corporate governance, professional ethics and leadership, and corporate turnarounds. Her recent papers focus on issues related to corporate governance: Stock Option Timing: Investigation and Implication, Shareholder Activism and Implications for Corporate Governance, and Corporate Investigations- Challenges in Corporate Governance.

Prior to joining NYU Stern, Professor Brenner served as a Chief Executive Officer and board member of public and private companies in a wide variety of industries including consumer products, food, healthcare, medical technology, service and industrial products. She served as chairman and chief executive officer of public companies and has chaired several board committees at numerous other public companies. With her extensive background in board governance and corporate restructuring and turnarounds, she has served as an advisor to private equity firms, venture capital companies, boards of directors and CEOs focusing on enhancing value of both public and private companies.

Professor Brenner has appeared on Business News Network, PBS's Nightly Business Report, CNBC Squawk Box, and BBC Business News. Her comments have been published by Associated Press, Bloomberg Business Week, CBS News, Forbes.com, Fox Business News, Forexyard.com, Huffington Post, Investor's Business Daily, Newsweek and the Daily Beast, The New York Times, and The New York Times blog, Reuters, San Francisco Sentinel, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Finance.

Professor Brenner received her B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in finance and her M.A. from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University with a concentration in ethics and leadership.

Research Interests

  • Corporate governance
  • Professional ethics and leadership
  • Corporate turnarounds and leadership

Courses Taught

  • Business and Its Publics
  • Corporate Governance in Law and Business
  • Corporate Turnarounds and Leadership in Law and Business
  • Ethical and Legal Challenges of the Modern Corporation: Law and Business
  • Professional Responsibility and Leadership
  • Professional Responsibility in Law and Business

Academic Background

M.A., Ethics and Leadership, 2007
Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University

B.S., Finance, 1976
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Related News & Research

Professor Karen Brenner identifies lessons companies can learn from the arrest of Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn

Professor Karen Brenner discusses WPP's possible search for a successor to its CEO, Martin Sorrell, who is under investigation for misuse of company funds

Professor Karen Brenner comments on mandatory retirement ages for corporate boards

Professor Karen Brenner comments on the Sonic Automotive board's decision to allow its compensation committee chairman to work at the company after stepping down

Disclosure on Bottom of Pay Scale Better Than Pay Ratio

In an op-ed, Professor Karen Brenner explains how increased compensation disclosure can combat income inequality

Professor Karen Brenner shares her views on the ideal talent mix for corporate boards

Professor Karen Brenner discusses the Volkswagen scandal and its impact on the company's reputation

Professor Karen Brenner discusses the increasing demands of corporate board membership

Professor Karen Brenner discusses the increasing demands of corporate board membership

Professor Karen Brenner on the social responsibilities of businesses

Prof. Karen Brenner on Marissa Mayer's tenure at Yahoo

Prof. Karen Brenner discusses Bill Gross's departure from Pimco

Prof. Karen Brenner on the lag between business practice and law

Prof. Karen Brenner on the JPMorgan shareholder vote for Jamie Dimon to remain both chairman & CEO

Prof. Karen Brenner on separating the role of Chairman and CEO

Spotlight on Sustainability & Capital Markets at NYU Stern-Citi Conference in Leadership & Ethics

Karen Brenner and Stern's partnership with NYU Law are highlighted

Areas of Expertise

Accounting

  • Corporate Governance
  • Shareholder Issues/Activism

Ethics

  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Law & Business

Finance

  • Corporate Governance

Management

  • Corporate Culture
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Crisis Communications/Catastrophe Preparedness
  • Leadership