Barbara Franklin Enterprises is a private international consulting firm. The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin is the President and CEO and is an advocate for and adviser to American companies doing business in international markets, notably China. Franklin served as the 29th U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush. As Secretary, her historic mission to China re-opened commercial relations with that country. Franklin has served five U.S. Presidents.

Secretary Franklin's trailblazing career includes corporate, governmental, academic and entrepreneurial work, and she was one of the first women to graduate from Harvard Business School. Franklin is an expert on corporate governance, auditing, and financial reporting practices. She has served on the board of directors of 14 public companies, including Aetna, Dow Chemical, Westinghouse, and Nordstrom, 4 private companies, and numerous not-for-profit organizations.

Franklin is currently a member of the LafargeHolcim International Advisory Board, Zurich, Switzerland. Franklin has served as presiding director, chaired various board committees, and has been speaking and writing about corporate governance for over 30 years. She is chairman emerita of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), chairman emerita of the Economic Club of New York, and past president of the Management Executives' Society, among her participation in many other international, educational, and cultural activities.

Barbara Franklin at Annual NACD Conference, 2008


Among the earliest businesswomen to be elected to serve on the board of a public company, Franklin has been a director of 14 public companies and four private companies in a broad variety of industry sectors.

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1972 Women appointees on White House Lawn

Public Service

Franklin first began her work in public service when she was recruited from Citibank in New York in 1971 to spearhead a White House effort on behalf of President Nixon.

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December 1992-Mission-to-China-US-China-Business-Center Opening


After leaving office in 1993, Franklin continued to travel to China, her meetings with high-ranking Chinese leaders during each of these visits enable her to maintain the valuable relationships she forged during her Presidential mission.

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