From the Editor – Issue 31

Tyco International is a company that is high on everyone’s list of business ethics failures in the past three years. Unlike many of the others, however, Tyco did not go into bankruptcy. This leads to the challenge of “fixing it.” The one given responsibility for architecting the recovery plan is Eric Pillmore, in the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Corporate Governance. We had the opportunity to sit down with him in Las Vegas, where he was attending an Ethics Officers conference. His plan and perspective on the challenges Tyco faces can be found starting on page 6.

In this Issue you will notice some changes. We have added new features and some new editorial assistants:

Dr. Seamus Phan is based in Singapore. He is an author, speaker, editor and broadcast journalist in areas of e-business, knowledge management, and other high tech areas applied to business. He is also an Associate Professor of the Department of Media Studies and Sustainable Development at Akamai University Hawaii.  Seamus earned a Ph.D. in Business and MSc in Infotech and Distance Education. Seamus will help bring a stronger global perspective to Ethix.

Gerard Beenen recently relocated to Pittsburgh, PA where he has enrolled as a Ph.D. student in organizational behavior and theory at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include top management team effectiveness and managerial ethics. He has been a management consultant to Fortune 100 companies and was a co-founding executive of a software firm and CEO of a healthcare provider. Gerard has an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has surfed in seven states and five countries. Gerard has been a frequent contributor to our review section, including frequent film reviews. He will take over as editor of InReview.

Dr. Kenman Wong is the Joseph C. Hope professor of leadership and business ethics at Seattle Pacific University. He has also been a consultant in the healthcare and governments group at Accenture in Los Angeles. He has a Ph.D. in Social Ethics, with concentrations in business and medical ethics from University of Southern California, and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington.  He has co-authored two books on ethics. Kenman will frequently participate in the Ethix Conversation (see page 6), and has helped us start “Ethics at Work”, offering advice on practical business ethics issues (see page 16).

Stuart Jenner is Principal of the Marketek Consulting Group, His work focuses on Internet marketing. He previously worked in marketing at Microsoft and in finance for Hewlett-Packard. He has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Stuart has been a part of the founding discussions of IBTE from the very beginning, and has been a frequent “behind the scenes” supporter. He will take responsibility as editor of the Forum section.

Ethix and our readers will benefit from the expertise and commitment of these individuals.


Al Erisman
Executive Editor