2015-02-25 ACG:FEI Commissioner Piwowar Interview P2



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Fireside Chat with Commissioner Michael Piwowar and Linda Zukauckas, EVP, Corporate Controller, American Express

Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Michael S. Piwowar was appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and was sworn in on August 15, 2013.
Most recently, Dr. Piwowar was the Republican chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs under Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Richard Shelby (R-AL). He was the lead Republican economist on the four SEC-related titles of the Dodd-Frank Act and the JOBS Act. Dr. Piwowar also worked on a number of important SEC-related oversight issues under the jurisdiction of the Committee, such as securities, over-the-counter derivatives, investor protection, market structure, and capital formation.
During the financial crisis and its immediate aftermath, Dr. Piwowar served in a one-year fixed-term position at the White House as a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic
Advisers (CEA) in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama Administrations. While at the CEA, Dr. Piwowar also served as a staff economist for the Financial Regulatory Reform Working Group of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Before joining the White House, Dr. Piwowar worked as a Principal at the Securities Litigation and Consulting Group (SLCG). At SLCG, he provided economic consulting to law firms involved in complex securities litigation and technical assistance on market structure, regulatory policy, and risk management issues to domestic and international securities regulators and market participants.
Dr. Piwowar’s first tenure at the SEC was in the Office of Economic Analysis (now called the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis) as a visiting academic scholar on leave from Iowa State University and as a senior financial economist. In those roles, he provided economic analyses and other technical support to the Commission and other SEC Divisions and Offices on a wide range of rulemaking, compliance, and enforcement matters.
Dr. Piwowar was an assistant professor of finance at Iowa State University where he focused his research on market microstructure and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in corporate finance and investments. He published a number of articles in leading academic publications and received several teaching and research awards.
Dr. Piwowar received a B.A. in Foreign Service and International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.

Linda Zukauckas, EVP, Corporate Controller, American Express
Linda Zukauckas is EVP & Corporate Controller of American Express, a position she has held since November 2011. She leads the Global Controllership team, which comprises of over 750 employees in nearly 40 countries, and has responsibility for all controllership functions across the Company. Linda is a member of American Express’s Global Management Team and sits on several committees, including Enterprise-wide Risk Management, Credit Risk and Basel. She is also the Executive Sponsor of the Company’s Executive Women’s Interest Network. Linda is a member of the Board of Directors of American Express Global Business Travel, a 50/50 joint venture between American Express and a third-party investor group.

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