Linda Kanner

Adjunct Professor, Babson College

Founders Award (2010)

Linda Kanner’s 30-year career includes senior positions in marketing and general management at large multinational companies including Bank of Boston, Bank of New England and J. Baker, Inc. She is an active board member of both private and nonprofit organizations such as the board of The Commonwealth Institute and the Research Advisory Board of the Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital/Care Group. Most recently Linda was CEO of HBN Shoe, a venture-funded footwear technology company. Prior to that, she was involved in two venture-funded Internet companies, first as CEO of First Business Financial (now and then as COO of, which she co-founded in 1998 with her son, raising $40 million and growing the company to 125 people before it was sold. Linda is a long-standing overseer of the Huntington Theatre and is actively engaged as an Executive in Residence at Babson College. Linda received her BA from Cornell and her MBA from Harvard. She was diagnosed with MS in 2007.