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Lloyd C. Blankfein  

Former CEO & Chairman of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

As the chairman and chief executive officer of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Lloyd Blankfein is a highly distinguished authority on global markets, finance and leadership.

Blankfein began his career as an attorney, and joined Goldman Sachs in 1982. He was named partner six years later, and became co-head of the J. Aron Currency and Commodities division in 1994 before becoming co-head of the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities division as of its formation in 1997. Blankfein served as vice chairman of Goldman Sachs from 2002 through 2003, with management responsibility for the FICC and Equities division. Prior to becoming chairman and chief executive officer, Blankfein served as Goldman’s president and chief operating officer.

A true captain of industry, Blankfein has twice been named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine, and was the Financial Times’ Person of the Year in 2009. He is a noted philanthropist and serves on the boards of a number of nonprofits including The Rockefeller family’s Asia Society and the Robin Hood Foundation.

Blankfein earned a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and a bachelor of arts from Harvard College. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Law School, the Board of Dean’s Advisors of Harvard Business School, the Dean’s Council of Harvard University, the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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