FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair to Discuss Finance Reforms

Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, will take part in a panel discussion on financial regulatory reform at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

The event in Geneen Auditorium is free and open to the public.

In addition to Bair, the panel will include representatives of several Duke schools: Blair Sheppard, dean of Fuqua; Bruce Kuniholm, dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy; and Lawrence Baxter, professor at Duke Law School. Bair is expected to discuss the FDIC’s role in implementing financial reforms contained in the Dodd-Frank Act. Seth Gardner, executive director of Fuqua’s Center for Financial Excellence, will moderate the panel.

Bair was sworn in as the 19th chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 2006. As FDIC chairman, Bair has presided over a tumultuous period in the nation’s financial sector and has transformed the agency with programs that provide temporary liquidity guarantees, increases in deposit insurance limits and systematic loan modifications to troubled borrowers. Other efforts at FDIC have focused on consumer protection and economic inclusion.

Bair has received a number of prestigious honors: in 2009, she was named one of Time Magazine’s “Time 100” most influential people; awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award; and received the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award. In 2008, she topped the Wall Street Journal’s annual 50 “Women to Watch List.” In 2008 and 2009, Forbes Magazine named her as the second most powerful woman in the world after Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Bair’s appearance is sponsored by Fuqua’s Distinguished Speaker Series, which brings a variety of corporate and government leaders to Duke’s campus.
Media wishing to attend are asked to contact Chris Privett in advance at (919) 660-8090 or chris.privett@duke.edu.