Jerome H. Kern
CEO & CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Jerome H. Kern has been the President of Kern Consulting, LLC since 1997. Kern joined Nomura Securities International in August 2010 as a senior advisor to the America’s Investment Banking Division with a specific mandate to develop technology, media and telecommunications opportunities. Prior to that, he served as interim chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc.; was the managing partner in Enki Strategic Advisors, consultants to the broadband and mobile industry from 2007-2009; and the chairman and CEO of On Command Corporation. An acknowledged media veteran and mega-deal maker in complicated, multi-party transactions, Kern served as vice chairman and a member of the board of directors of Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI). He was the architect of the AT&T/TCI merger, and TCI’s representative in a number of other high-profile mergers and acquisitions, including the Time Warner/Turner Broadcasting merger. Prior to TCI, Kern was a senior partner at Baker & Botts, LLP, where he was the senior corporate lawyer in the New York office. For more than twenty years, he was the principal outside legal counsel to TCI and Liberty Media.
Kern graduated from the New York University School of Law (L.L.B., 1960, cum laude) where he was a Root Tilden Scholar and managing editor of the New York University Law Review (1959-60), and was named to the Order of the Coif. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University (A.B. 1957). Kern is a member of the board of trustees of the New York University Law Center Foundation, Volunteers of America (Colorado Chapter), the Institute for Children’s Mental Disorders and co-chair of Colorado Symphony Association.