Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.
Roger Ferguson Jr. is president and chief executive officer of TIAA-CREF, a Fortune 500 company providing retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields. Previously, he was head of financial services for Swiss Re, and chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation. He also served on the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System as a representative on several international policy groups and on key committees. He led that agency's initial response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that our economy would not be paralyzed.
Earlier, he was as an associate and partner at McKinsey & Company after beginning his career as an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Ferguson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Academy's Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a board member of the American Council of Life Insurers, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He also served as co-chair of a National Academy of Sciences committee which studied the macro-economic effects on the aging U.S. population.
He is chairman of the Economic Club of New York and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Group of Thirty. He served on President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and its predecessor, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Ferguson holds a BA, JD, and a PhD in economics, all from Harvard University.