Thomas D. Bell Jr.
Mesa Capital Partners
Thomas D. Bell Jr. retired from Cousins Properties in July 2009. He served for nine years as director and CEO. Bell had assumed the role of chair of the board upon the retirement of chair and founder Tom Cousins in December 2006.
Bell brings a wealth of experience in corporate management, governance, and leadership in both the public and private sector to the company. Prior to joining Cousins, he spent 10 years at Young & Rubicam (NYSE:YNR), retiring as chair and CEO when it merged with WPP. Before becoming chair of Young & Rubicam, he served as chair and CEO of Young & Rubicam Advertising and as CEO of Burson-Marsteller and Young & Rubicam's Diversified Communications Group.
He is a member of the boards of Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation, Emory Healthcare, Regal Entertainment Group, AGL Resources, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and the US Chamber of Commerce. Bell served as the 2005 chair for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and also served as chair of the chamber's Quality Growth Task Force.
During the Reagan administration, Bell chaired the Committee on the Next Agenda, which focused on prioritizing issues for President Ronald Reagan's second term. He also chaired the Workforce 2000 Advisory Committee for the US secretary of labor. Early in his career, Bell served as chief of staff for former US Senator William Brock (R-Tenn).
Bell has held other senior positions in business and government. He previously served as vice chair of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, executive vice president of Ball Corporation, president and CEO of the Hudson Institute, and chair of the board for the Center for Naval Analysis.
At Emory, he was elected a term trustee in 2008.