L. Dennis Kozlowski grew up in New Jersey, U.S.A., and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Seton Hall University in 1968. Upon graduation Kozlowski held various management positions at SCM Corporation in New York City and Cabot Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts.
Kozlowski joined Tyco International in 1975. At that time, Tyco was a small ($20 million revenue) technology driven company. He and his team commercialized the core technologies of Tyco. In 1989, Kozlowski was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Tyco International, in 1990, he was appointed C.E.O, and Chairman of the Board in 1991.
Under Kozlowski’s leadership, Tyco grew into a global giant of over $40 billion in revenue and a market capitalization in excess of $110 billion. The company employed 260,000 people in 60 countries. Much of the growth was accomplished by high profile worldwide acquisitions. Under Kozlowski’s leadership, Tyco constantly ranked as one of the 50 largest and most profitable companies in the world with its growing medical, security, electronic, flow control, and telecom businesses. Dennis parted ways with Tyco in 2002 in a scandal that is well documented in Professor Catherine Neal’s book “Taking Down the Lion”.
Dennis Kozlowski received a Doctor of Business Administration from The University of New Hampshire, Honoris Causa, and Roger Williams University. He currently resides in South Florida and New York City with his wife, Kimberly. He has a M&A and business consulting practice.
Alphonzo Elder’s professional experience spans more than a decade of providing meaningful employment to individuals with criminal justice, social service, mental health and physical disabilities backgrounds. In addition, he has worked as a consultant to community based-organizations such as the New York Diagnostic Center, giving him a creative educational advantage in producing outcomes for underserviced populations. His two greatest career highlights were providing employment and ESL training to displaced vendors of primary African descent that were directly affected by the tragedies of September 11, 2001 and obtaining funding for employment interviewing for opiate-dependent clients.
Mr. Elder currently works at the Lower Eastside Service Center. There he provides outpatient vocational and educational services to clients seeking substance abuse recovery from drugs and alcohol and co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency disorders. He received his Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2008 from Hunter College.
Mr. Lebow graduated from Yale College (magna cum laude) and Harvard Law School. He was an associate, partner and administrative partner in the international law firm Coudert Brothers. He is chair of St. Francis Friends of the Poor, an organization that provides permanent housing for mentally ill homeless persons. He is Chair of American Friends of Magen David Adom, which supports Israel’s equivalent to the Red Cross Society. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Long Island Railroad, Metro-North Railroad, New York City Transit Authority and Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. He currently is managing partner of Lebow & Sokolow, a law firm in Manhattan. He is married to Patricia E. Harris, who is First Deputy Mayor of New York City, and has three children.