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Bernard L. Schwartz    

Chairman & CEO, BLS Investments, LLC

Bernard L. Schwartz is chairman and CEO of BLS Investments, LLC, a private investment firm. Mr. Schwartz retired in March 2006 after 34 years as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Loral Space & Communications, a New York Stock Exchange-listed manufacturer of satellites and satellite systems and its predecessor company, Loral Corporation, a leading defense electronics firm.

Over the years, Mr. Schwartz has been recognized for his views and counsel on matters ranging from economic growth and competitiveness to technology and infrastructure investment, views which generally challenge conventional wisdom and provide a basis for numerous speeches, white papers and testimony before congressional committees. He serves on the boards of and has established several permanent programs at various institutions to study economic and public policy development and add to the public discourse, including the New America Foundation, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and The New School. He also has established fellowships or programs at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society, and The Brookings Institution.

Mr. Schwartz serves as a trustee of the New York University Hospitals Center, the New York Historical Society, Thirteen/WNET Educational Broadcasting Corporation and Baruch College and is vice chairman of the New York Film Society.

In addition, Mr. Schwartz is chairman emeritus of the board of trustees of Third Way, a progressive advocacy organization and is a supporter of the Democratic Leadership Council.

Mr. Schwartz graduated from City College of New York with a B.S. degree in finance and holds an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the college.

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