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Arthur Levitt

Former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission

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    EthicsFinance Policy & RegulationPoliticsBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsCEOs

    Arthur Levitt, Jr. is a Bloomberg Board Member and a member of the Bloomberg Board’s Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. Levitt is an Advisory Board Member of the Knight Capital Group, a Board Member for Motif Investing and a Senior Advisor for the Promontory Financial Group. He is also an advisor to five emerging technology companies, Mirror, BitPay, Blockchain, Affirm and PeerIQ. Levitt currently serves on the advisory board for the RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

    Previously, Levitt served on the boards of TIAA-CREF, Neuberger Berman, LLC and Risk Metrics Group. Levitt was the 25th Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).  First appointed by President Clinton in July 1993, the President reappointed Levitt to a second five-year term in May 1998.

     In September 1999, he became the longest-serving Chairman of the SEC.  He left the SEC in February 2001.  Before joining the SEC, Levitt owned Roll Call, a newspaper that covers Capitol Hill.  From 1989 to 1993, he served as the Chairman of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and from 1978 to 1989, he was the Chairman of the American Stock Exchange.  Prior to joining the American Stock Exchange, Levitt worked for 16 years on Wall Street.

     Levitt graduated from Williams College in 1952, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, before serving for two years in the Air Force. His bestselling book, TAKE ON THE STREET: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don’t Want You to Know/What You Can Do to Fight Back, was published by Pantheon Books in October, 2002.

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