Grossman Details Public Process for His Gaming Commission Selection
Finalists will be Chosen by Five-Member Advisory Panel and will be Publicly Disclosed
Characterizing the selection of a Gaming Commission member as one of the most important appointments during his term in office, Treasurer Steven Grossman today detailed the open and transparent process he will use to guide his decision.
“We only have one chance to get this right,” said Grossman. “The process through which our appointment is made should be comprehensive and transparent. The right candidate will have the appropriate vision, wisdom, managerial experience, and ethics to effectively execute the duties of this critical position.”
Candidates will be required to complete an extensive application for the Gaming Commission position, which has been posted on the Treasury website. All applications will be rigorously reviewed by a five-member Advisory Panel established by Grossman. The Panel has been charged with recommending a short list of finalists for the position, a list that will be made available to the public.
The members of the Advisory Panel charged with selecting the finalists are:
• Jonathan Chiel – Executive Vice President & General Counsel, John Hancock Financial
• Christopher Gabrieli – Co-Founder and Chairman, Massachusetts 2020
• Cathy Judd-Stein – Special Counsel and Director of Policy, Massachusetts Lottery
• Dennis Kanin – Co-Founder and Principal, New Boston Ventures, LLC
• Malcolm Salter – Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School
The finalists will be individually interviewed by the Treasurer to determine the best candidate for the position, one that will have significant influence over the enforcement of laws and regulations governing casino gambling in the Commonwealth. Consistent with existing hiring policy in Grossman’s office, any outside recommendations of candidates for the position must be submitted in writing and will be subject to full disclosure.
Grossman is solely responsible for the selection of one member of the five-member Gaming Commission. That member is required to have experience in corporate finance and securities. The Treasurer shares responsibility for the selection of two others with the Governor and the Attorney General. A search firm will be retained to help identify the two shared appointments, and the three offices will work in close consultation to make a final determination on these Commission members.
Advisory Panel Bios
Jonathan Chiel is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for John Hancock Financial Services, the U.S. division of Toronto-based Manulife Financial Corporation. In this position, Mr. Chiel is responsible for John Hancock’s legal and compliance operations. Prior to joining John Hancock, Mr. Chiel was a Partner at the Boston law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart, where he headed up the firm’s Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance practice. He was also an Assistant U.S. Attorney and served as Chief of the Criminal Division of the Boston U.S. Attorney’s Office from 1993 to 1995. Mr. Chiel is an Executive Board Member of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau and serves on the Executive Committee of the Boston Bar Association Council.
Christopher Gabrieli is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Mass2020, an organization that works to expand educational and economic opportunities for children and families across the Commonwealth. He is also a Partner of Bessemer Venture Partners where for 25 years he has helped lead investments in start-up life sciences and healthcare companies. Mr. Gabrieli graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in history and science and completed two years at the Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons M.D. program and is a founder and Chairman of the National Center on Time & Learning and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the co-author of Time to Learn: How a New School Schedule is Making Smarter Kids, Happier Parents, and Safer Neighborhoods.
Cathy Judd-Stein serves as the Director of Policy and Special Counsel to the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission. A Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School graduate, she has spent much of her career dedicated to public service, advising primarily on public conflicts of interest and health and human services. In 2000, Governor Cellucci appointed her to serve as Deputy Legal Counsel, a position she also held under Governors Swift, Romney and Patrick. Under Governor Patrick, she also served as the Executive Director of the Judicial Nominating Commission. Ms. Judd-Stein began her legal career in 1985 as a law clerk to Massachusetts Appeals Court Justice R. Ammi Cutter and an associate at the Boston Law Firm of Palmer & Dodge. She is an instructor for UMass Boston’s John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies and a member of the Board of Advocates for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology.
Dennis Kanin is Co-Founder and Principal of New Boston Ventures, LLC, a Boston-based residential real estate development firm. From 1975 to 1985, he served as Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for Paul Tsongas. Between 1985 and 2009, Mr. Kanin was a partner and later counsel in the Boston law firm, Foley Hoag, where he focused on the government and legislative practice area and public-private strategies. Presently a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency and President of the Board of Trustees of the Roxbury Latin School, Mr. Kanin has also served as New England Chair and National Washington Affairs Chair of the Anti-Defamation League, and Co-Chair of the Children’s Hospital’s Advocacy Campaign Advisory Group.
Malcolm Salter has been a member of the Harvard Business School faculty since 1967. His teaching and research focuses on issues of corporate strategy, organization, and governance. In addition to his scholarly activities, Professor Salter served as Senior Associate Dean for External Relations from 2003 to 2006. From 1986 to 2006, he was also president of Mars & Co., a strategy consulting firm with offices in Greenwich, Connecticut, London, Paris, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Shanghai. Professor Salter serves as a Governing Trustee and Director of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and as an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.