Harvey W. Schiller, Ph.D., is Chairman of the Board and CEO of GlobalOptions Group, a multidisciplinary international risk management and business solutions company, and was recently elected President of the International Baseball Federation.
Schiller comes to GlobalOptions from a position as Chairman of Assante U.S., a leading provider of financial and life management products. Prior to joining Assante, Schiller served as Chairman and CEO of YankeeNets, an integrated sports-based media company with ownership of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets, and New Jersey Devils. The organization was responsible for marketing, capital raise, and launch of the YES regional sports network. Until December, 1999, Dr. Schiller served as vice president, sports programming for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; president of Turner Sports, Inc., a division of Time Warner; and president and governor of the NHL expansion franchise, Atlanta Thrashers. Before joining Turner in 1994, Schiller was Executive Director/Secretary General of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Holding this position since 1990, he was instrumental in instituting significant changes within the organization to improve its financial health. He worked directly in support of the planning and award of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games to the city of Atlanta. In December 1994, he was awarded the prestigious Olympic Order, the highest decorated honor presented to an individual by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Schiller joined the USOC after serving as Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference from 1986 to 1990 and served as a member of the NCAA Executive Committee. He also served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) from 1962 to 1986 including combat service in Vietnam, and attained the rank of Brigadier General. In 1980, the President of the United States appointed Schiller as a Permanent Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a recipient of several military awards including the Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross. Schiller is active in a variety of national organizations and corporate Boards. He served as Vice Chair of the New York City Host Committee of the 2004 Republican National Convention appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He was a member of the Independent Commission of the United States Olympic Committee created by Senate Commerce Committee to study the mission, governance and organizational structure of the USOC, was a distinguished Visiting Professor at the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University, and recently served on the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Schiller earned his bachelor's degree from The Citadel and is a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. He earned his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan, and holds honorary doctorates from The Citadel and Northern Michigan University.