Jeffrey Shames is an executive in residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, where he lectures in finance, leadership, and global health management. He is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of MFS Investment Management® and the board of trustees of MFS Funds. Shames joined MFS in 1983 as an industry analyst, was named portfolio manager in 1985, chief equity officer in 1987, president in 1993, and chairman and CEO in 1998. In September 2002, he retired as CEO and retained the chairman title until his retirement in February 2004. From 2010–2013, he was senior advisor at Morgan Stanley, where he advised the president of Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Wealth Management. Presently he is the senior strategy advisor to Rockefeller Capital Management, where he advises the CEO on corporate strategy, organizational structure, and acquisitions.
Shames is a member of the board of trustees of the X Prize Foundation, City Year, Summer Search, Tufts Medical Center, the Otis College of Fine Arts, and Berklee College of Music, and a trustee emeritus of Wesleyan University. He is a member of the advisory boards of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Master of Finance Program. He is also on the board of several recent startup companies. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1977 and the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1983. In between college and graduate school, he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.