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Ken Pucker

Senior Lecturer at Tufts Fletcher School and ex COO of Timberland

Ken is an operator, advisor, investor, and educator with an abiding focus on sustainability and ESG. Ken serves at Berkshire Partners as an Advisory Director, focusing on the consumer and retail sectors and as a founding member of the firm’s Responsible Investment Committee. In addition, Ken serves as a Senior Lecturer at the Tufts Fletcher School. Ken is a published author in periodicals such as the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Institutional Investor and the Harvard Business Review. Ken also is an investor and board member at Rag & Bone and Nexite and serves on the boards of the Commonwealth School, Green City Force, and The High Meadows Institute.

Ken spent most of his professional career working at Timberland (formerly NYSE: TBL) serving as COO from 2000 to 2007. After joining the company in 1992, Ken served in multiple roles over a fifteen-year period. During his tenure with the company, Timberland grew by ten fold to over $1.6b in sales. During this period, the company was recognized for nine consecutive years as one of Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies, as a Forbes magazine’s Platinum Investment and as a top ten ethical company according to Business Ethics magazine.

Ken received a Master of Science in Business Administration from M.I. T’s Sloan School of management in 1990 and a B.S. from Middlebury College.

He lives in Newton with his wife Leslie and their two daughters.