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Jeffrey L. Shames is currently an executive in residence at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he teaches classes in finance and leadership.
He is also a senior advisor to Morgan Stanley where he advises them on their investment management, merchant banking, and global research businesses.
He is the retired CEO and chairman of MFS Investment Management® and the boards of trustees of the MFS Funds. He joined MFS in 1983 as an industry analyst and was named a portfolio manager in 1985, chief equity officer in 1987, president and a member of the board in 1993 and chairman and CEO in 1998. In September 2002, he retired as CEO and retained the chairman title until his retirement in February 2004.
He is a member of the board of trustees of the X Prize Foundation, Wesleyan University and chairman of the board of the Berklee College of Music. He also serves as a member of the advisory board of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Masters in Finance program.
He has a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Master of Business Administration from MIT Sloan School of Management. Before entering MIT, he was a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the Fiji Islands and worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.