Robert Steven Kaplan (born 1957) is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He was appointed to the position on September 8, 2015. Prior to joining the Dallas Fed, Kaplan was a Senior Associate Dean and the Martin Marshall Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School. Kaplan is an active venture philanthropist through his work as co-chairman of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm which has invested in approximately 110 new non-profit ventures. He serves as chairman of Project A.L.S. and he is also a board member of Harvard Medical School. He is the author of three books: What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011), What You’re Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013) and What You Really Need to Lead: The Power of Thinking and Acting Like an Owner (Harvard Business School Review Press, 2015). In August 2015, Kaplan was named to head the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, effective September 2015.
1 Business career 2 Personal life and education 3 Bibliography 4 References
Prior to joining Harvard in 2006, Kaplan was vice chairman of The
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. with global responsibility for the firm's
Investment Banking and Investment Management Divisions. Previously, he
served as global co-head of the Investment Banking Division. He was
also a member of the firm’s Management Committee and served as
co-chairman of the firm’s Partnership Committee and chairman of the
Goldman Sachs Pine Street Leadership Program.
During his 23-year career at Goldman Sachs, Kaplan served in various
other capacities, including head of the Corporate Finance Department,
head of Asia-Pacific Investment Banking as well as head of the
high-yield department in Investment Banking. He became a partner in
1990. Upon joining Harvard in 2006, Kaplan became a senior director of
In 2010, Kaplan co-founded Indaba Capital Management, which manages
approximately $1 billion.
Personal life and education
Kaplan was born and raised in Prairie Village, Kansas, and is a
graduate of the
University of Kansas
Kaplan, Robert Steven. What You Really Need to Lead: The Power of Thinking and Acting Like an Owner. Boston, MA, USA: Harvard Business Review Press, September 2015. Kaplan, Robert Steven. What You're Really Meant To Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential. Boston, MA, USA: Harvard Business Review Press, 2013. Kaplan, Robert Steven. What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2011.
Neeley, Tsedal, and Robert Steven Kaplan. "What's Your Language Strategy? It Should Bind Your Company's Global Talent Management and Vision." R1409D. Harvard Business Review 92, no. 9 (September 2014): 70–76. Kaplan, Robert Steven. "Top Executives Need Feedback: Here's How They Can Get It." McKinsey Quarterly, no. 4 (2011): 60–71. Kaplan, Robert Steven. "Reaching Your Potential." HBS Centennial Issue Harvard Business Review 86, nos. 7/8 (July–August 2008): 45–49. Kaplan, Robert Steven. "What to Ask the Person in the Mirror." Harvard Business Review 85, no. 1 (January 2007).
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