Blythe McGarvie

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Blythe J. McGarvie is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School and corporate director. She has been President of Leadership for International Finance, LLC, (LIF).


McGarvie earned an MBA degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1978[1] and is a Certified Public Accountant.


At Harvard, McGarvie teaches the MBA required curriculum course Financial Reporting and Control.[2] She has taught at the school since July 2012.[3]

McGarvie was at LIF, a firm focusing on improving clients' financial positions and providing leadership seminars for corporate and academic groups, from January 2003, according to a 2009 Forbes profile. LIF specialized in providing global perspectives to U.S. and multinational companies, primarily in the consumer goods, financial services and knowledge-based industries.[4] LIF is based in Williamsburg, Virginia, with offices in Los Angeles, London, Chicago, and Boston.[5]

Also as of May 2013, McGarvie also served as:

From 1999 through the end of 2002, McGarvie was the Executive Vice President and Chief financial officer (CFO) at BIC Group, a leading manufacturer of convenient disposable products. She served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hannaford Bros. Co., a New England/New York food retailer, from 1994 to 1999.[4]

Ms. McGarvie served as a director of Lafarge North America, a construction-materials company with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia,[7] until May 2006.[4] She also previously served as director of Travelers Companies, a financial/property & casualty insurance company, and Pepsi Bottling Group Inc, a consumer goods/beverages-soft drinks company.[4][2]


Starting with a visit to China in March–April 2009, and continuing into 2010, McGarvie has been posting periodically on Huffington Post.[8] Subjects have included the Shanghai World Expo,[9] a recommendation of The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes on the occasion of President Barack Obama's first 100 days,[10] a visit to Disney World's Epcot and economic indicators,[11] and the Davos World Economic Forum.[12] Over roughly the same period, McGarvie has been issuing and posting a one- to two-page newsletter.[13]

In January 2009, John Wiley & Sons published McGarvie's book Shaking the Globe: Courageous Decision-Making in a Changing World with a foreword by Robert Kraft.[14][15][16]

McGarvie addressed the auto industry crisis of 2008-9 with a call for GM's bankruptcy,[17] and the prevalence of female corporate directors,[18] in two articles in Forbes in 2008 and 2007 respectively.

In October 2005, McGraw-Hill published McGarvie's book Fit In, Stand Out: Mastering the FISO Factor in hardcover by in October, 2005.[19]

At the time of FISO's publication, McGarvie was featured in a "Career Couch" Q&A in The New York Times on the subject of how to react "when your new boss reverses popular policies of the previous boss."[20]

In 2002, McGarvie was featured in another Times article on the subject of female representation on corporate boards.[21]

McGarvie has also been featured in CFO magazine, and Fast Company. She has appeared on CNBC, and writes the Corporate Leadership column for Shattered magazine. Consumer Goods Technology featured Blythe in a 2002 cover story (“World Class CFO”) and a Business Finance cover story featured her in a piece on “Financial Reporting: How the Best CFOs Get it Right the First Time.”[5]


McGarvie received the Kellogg Graduate School of Management Schaffner Award, presented to an alumnus/-a who is pre-eminent in his or her field and who provided outstanding service to Kellogg. In 2003, she was appointed as Senior Fellow of The Kellogg Innovation Network.


She is married to Mark McGarvie, a professor of history at the University of Richmond.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Bryant, Michelle, "Part of the club, or alone above the fray?", Kellogg World Alumni Profile, Winter '05. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  2. ^ a b c Blythe J. McGarvie bio, Harvard Business School website. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  3. ^ a b Board page, LKQ website. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Blythe J. McGarvie Profile Retrieved 2-21-09.
  5. ^ a b c McGarvie bio. LIF Web site. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  6. ^ Corporate Profile, LKQ website. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  7. ^ Location search. Lafarge NA Web site. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  8. ^ Blythe McGarvie contents page. Huffington Post. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  9. ^ McGarvie, Blythe J., "G20 and the Shanghai World Expo", Huffington Post, April 3, 2009, with several comments in response. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  10. ^ McGarvie, Blythe J., "100 Days of Obama and the Global Economy", Huffington Post, April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  11. ^ McGarvie, Blythe J., "Three Clues to the Economy and Disney World", Huffington Post, September 10, 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  12. ^ McGarvie, Blythe J., "Davos, Jobs and Talent", Huffington Post, January 31, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  13. ^ Shaking the Globe newsletter contents page. Individual issues undated; two six-issue volumes completed, first issue of volume 3 posted as of retrieval date, all available as pdf or html. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  14. ^ Blythe McGarvie Web site. Retrieved 2-21-09.
  15. ^ Shaking the World, Wiley web page. ISBN 978-0-470-43815-2. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  16. ^ Trang, Amy, "Blythe McGarvie ’78 ‘shakes the globe’ to make an impact", Kellogg News and Events, January 8, 2009. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  17. ^ McGarvie, Blythe J., "The U.S. Economy Doesn't Need GM: Let market forces take their course", Forbes, November 19, 2008. Retrieval updated 2010-03-28.
  18. ^ McGarvie, Blythe J., "By The Numbers: Most Female Directors", Forbes, March 21, 2007. Retrieval updated 2010-03-28.
  19. ^ Fit In, Stand Out ISBN 0-07-146079-9. Retrieved 2-21-09.
  20. ^ Villano, Matt, "Career Couch: What? We Don't Do It That Way Anymore?", The New York Times, Oct. 30, 2005. Retrieved 2-21-09.
  21. ^ Deutsch, Claudia H., "Executive Life; As Boards Regroup, More Women Join", The New York Times, Dec. 1, 2002. Retrieved 2-21-09.