Jeffrey Cunningham

Distinguished Professor of Practice
DTPHX Campus


Jeff Cunningham is a professor of practice in global leadership at Thunderbird School of Global Management. He joined the faculty in 2014 after a distinguished career as a publisher and chief executive or founder of four digital media companies.

Prior to joining the Thunderbird faculty, Jeff was the publisher of Forbes Magazine; founder of; venture partner Highland Capital; managing director Schroder Ventures; president CMGI; CEO of and CEO of (Elon Musk's first company); CEO CareerTrack; vice president BusinessWeek.

He also has served as chairman or board director of more than 10 public companies, including Schindler, Sapient, and Data General.

His research into leadership paradigms has taken him into the interview world and he created the YouTube series, IconicVoices.TV, which has garnered more than 400,000 views to date. Guests on the program include Warren Buffett, Mike Milken, Richard Adkerson, Jeff Immelt, Barbara Barrett, Senator John McCain, and NSA Chief James Jones, General (Ret.) David Petraeus, astronaut Mark Kelly, TV news anchor Soledad O’Brien and numerous thoughtleaders.

He is the Editor-at-Large for Chief Executive Magazine and writes regularly on global business leadership issues.

Cunningham graduated from SUNY Binghamton with honors in English and from the Finance Program at the Wharton School.


  • Financial Executives Program, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • English (Honors), SUNY Binghamton


Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
TGM 549 Global Leadership