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, 3 private companies, and numerous not-for-profit organizations.
Franklin is currently a member of the board of Aetna, Inc, a trustee of three funds in the American family of mutual funds, and a member of the International Advisory Board of Lafarge, Paris. 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 the immediate past president of the Management Executives' Society, among her participation in many other international, educational, and cultural activities.