Tom Manning

Executive Chairman, Cresco Labs
an, Ascertain
Chicago, Illinois

“Investing in myself at this mature stage of life was a huge decision, but one of the best I ever made because of the knowledge I gained, the peers and professors I met, and the extraordinarily interesting social enterprise projects I am now able to pursue. The experience profoundly changed how I think about society, why I am here, and what I intend to do with my life, my resources, and my time.”

Tom currently serves as Executive Chairman of Cresco Labs, one of the leading medical and recreational cannabis companies in the U.S. He is also Chairman of Ascertain, an AI joint venture between Northwell Health, the largest healthcare system in New York, and Aegis Ventures, a leading venture incubation studio. He is also on the boards of CommScope (NASDAQ), a leading telecom and network technology manufacturer and Fortune 500 company, and ChinData (NASDAQ), the leading hyperscale data center firm powering the cloud in the Asia Pacific region.

He chairs the Board of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and serves as a director of The Basics, a pioneering firm in early childhood education. He is an Executive-in-Residence at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and has served on the adjunct faculty at The University of Chicago Law School, where he taught courses on corporate governance, private equity, China, and innovation.

Tom is the former Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet (“D&B”), a former S&P 400 Company and the global leader in corporate information and data analytics. Prior to D&B, Tom worked and lived in Asia for nearly 20 years, serving as CEO of Cerberus Asia Operations & Advisory Limited, a subsidiary of Cerberus Capital Management, CEO of Capgemini Asia, and CEO of Ernst & Young Consulting Asia. He was a senior partner with Bain & Company and was also a practice leader with McKinsey & Company early in his career. In the past, he served as a Director at Dun & Bradstreet and at five public companies in China – Clear Media, iSoftStone Holdings Limited, Asiainfo-Linkage, Gome Electrical Appliances Company, and the Bank of Communications – and seven private equity-backed companies in China, India, and the U.S.

As a Senior Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University from 2019-2021, Tom launched a social enterprise incubator called Harvard Square Labs, which works on a pro bono basis with clients seeking to scale up and accelerate their organizations.

Tom speaks Mandarin and holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard College. A patent-holder and noted speaker on China, corporate governance, and globalization, he has been published, quoted, or profiled in various media, including Chief Executive, CNBC, Industry Week, NPR, IHT, Businessweek, Financial Times, WSJ, South China Morning Post, Journal of Private Equity, and Pepperdine Law Review.

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