Monks, Robert (1933 - )

Genre: Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction - Scholarly

Robert Augustus Gardner Monks was born in Massachusetts to a Boston Brahmin family. He received his degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University and Harvard Law School. Monks lives in Cape Elizabeth.

He was a practicing attorney in a prestigious Boston law firm and held high office for several major companies. President Reagan appointed him director of the United States Synthetic Fuels corporation and one of the founding Trustees of the Federal Employees' Retirement System. He also served in the U. S. Department of Labor as the Administrator of the Office of Pension and Welfare Benefit Programs which oversees the U.S. pension system.

He is the founder of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. which is a leading corporate governance consulting firm which advises corporate and government pension funds.

He is a businessman turned political activist who started the shareholder activist movement whose mission is to improve corporate accountability.

Selected Bibliography

  • Power and Accountability (1991)
  • Watching the Watchers : Corporate Governance for the 21st Century (1996)
  • The Emperor's Nightingale : Restoring the Integrity of the Corporation in the Age of Shareholder Activism (1998)
  • The New Global Investors : How Shareowners can Unlock Sustainable Prosperity Worldwide (2001)
  • Reel and Rout (2004)
  • Corporate Governance (2004)
  • Corpocracy : How CEOs and the Business Roundtable Hijacked the World's Greatest Wealth Machine--and How to get it Back (2008)

Selected Resources

  • A Traitor to His Class: Robert A. G. Monks and the Battle to Change Corporate America by Hilary Rosenberg (1999)