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Paul Volcker

New York, USA
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Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve (1979-87)

Chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board (2009-11)

On the 2010 TIME 100 List

Paul Volcker is one of the great public servants of this century. During service under five presidents from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan, he has been a major architect of U.S. financial and economic policy. As Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, he was largely responsible for braking the accelerating price inflation that threatened the stability of the economy in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. His historic achievement laid the foundation for the extended prosperity of the past two decades. Earlier, as Undersecretary of the Treasury for Monetary Affairs, he designed and carried out the transition from fixed exchange rates to the more flexible system of floating rates that have facilitated trade and global finance since the early 1970′s.

As a policy maker, educator and investment banker, he has won acclaim to match his towering 6-foot, 7-inch stature. More recently, Paul was the Chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board under President Barack Obama from February 2009 until January 2011. Currently, he is Head of the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons, an international body established to investigate the Swiss bank accounts of holocaust victims. Frank Newman, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Bankers Trust, said of Volcker on the occasion of his election as a Bankers Trust director: “Few in recent history have had greater influence on the stability and health of the nation’s financial system than Paul Volcker, or earned greater respect from their peers in government service worldwide.”

Paul currently serves as an honorary Co-Chairman for the World Justice Project. The World Justice Project works to lead a global, multi-disciplinary effort to strengthen the rule of law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity.

 

Our Comment

"Paul has been influencing world events for a very long time. A strong and vigorous force for financial reform, his influence is the product of his courage, rock-solid integrity and unshakable commitment to the public good. "

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