Former President and CEO, TIAA; former Head of Financial Services, Swiss Re; and former Vice Chairman, Federal Reserve System
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted financial security, health, and social justice. Roger Ferguson leads the discussion on how organizations can minimize the financial scars of the pandemic and how financial well-being is changing for the future.
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA (2008–2021), the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields, as well as a Fortune 100 financial services organization.
Ferguson is the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve System. He represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees, including Payment System Oversight, Reserve Bank Operations, and Supervision and Regulation. As the only Governor in Washington, DC, on 9/11, Roger led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the US financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the US economy would not be paralyzed.
Prior to joining TIAA in 2008, he was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. From 1984 to 1997, Roger was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.
He is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents and serves on the boards of Alphabet, Inc.; General Mills, Inc.; and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. Ferguson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and co-chairs its Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education.
Ferguson serves on the boards of The Conference Board, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society and a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Group of Thirty, and the National Association for Business Economics.
Ferguson served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, as well as its predecessor, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board. And he co-chaired the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging US Population.
Ferguson holds a BA, a JD, and a PhD in economics, all from Harvard University.