Stock Exchange President William Johnston Shares His "Two Worst Days" on Wall Street
Contact(s): Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150
Johnston will speak on "My Two Worst Days" Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 at 7 p.m. at the University at Albany Campus Center Ballroom, main campus, 1400 Washington Avenue in Albany.
Bill Johnston served as NYSE president from 1996 until 2002, bookending a career on Wall Street that began in 1964. Prior to serving as president, he was senior managing director of LaBranche & Co and chairman and CEO of Agora Securities, Inc. which he founded. During his long career on Wall Street he served on several key Stock Exchange committees, including those addressing market performance and quality of markets. Johnston is also a former director of the NYSE Foundation. He grew up on Wall Street -- his father was a trader, and Johnston recalls making his first trade at age 14.
"Given the recent financial meltdown, it is critical to draw on the historical perspective of distinguished Wall Street leaders, such as Bill Johnston," said UAlbany Business School Dean Donald Siegel. "Bill's talk will be an important educational experience for our students, faculty, and the community."
Johnston is a trustee emeritus of Washington and Lee University, a former board member at Hollins University, and a member of the board of directors of Homeless Solutions. He lectures frequently throughout the nation on matters associated with leadership and business.
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