Gary Gensler is an American government official and former investment banker who serves as the chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. On February 3, 2021, Gary Gensler was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden to Chair the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 14, 2021, and sworn into office on April 17, 2021.
Gensler was a professor of the Practice of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management before joining the SEC, co-director of MIT’s [email protected], and senior advisor to the MIT Media Lab Digital Currency Initiative. He served as chair of the Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission from 2017-2019, h
Gensler was formerly chair of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, leading the Obama Administration’s reform of the $400 trillion swaps market. He also was senior advisor to U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes in writing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2002), and was undersecretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance and assistant secretary of the Treasury from 1997-2001.
In recognition for his service, he was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Award, the U.S. Treasury’s highest honor. He is a recipient of the 2014 Frankel Fiduciary Prize. Prior to his public service, Gensler worked at Goldman Sachs, where he became a partner in the Mergers & Acquisition department, headed the firm’s Media Group, led fixed income & currency trading in Asia, and was co-head of Finance, responsible for the firm’s worldwide Controllers and Treasury efforts.
Gensler earned his undergraduate degree in economics in 1978 and his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in 1979. He has three daughters.
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman
- Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission Chair 2017-2019
- MIT Sloan School of Management Professor of the Practice of Global Economics and Management
- MIT’s [email protected] Co-Director
- MIT Media Lab Digital Currency Initiative Senior Advisor
- Commodity Futures Trading Commission 11th Chairman May 26, 2009 - Jan 3, 2014
- Treasury for Domestic Finance Under Secretary 1999 – 2001
- Treasury for Financial Markets Assistant Secretary 1997–1999
- The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Undergraduate Degree in Economics, 1978
- The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, MBA, 1979
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