Elisse B. Walter


Elisse B. Walter
Director since 2014

Chair of Environmental, Health and Safety Committee since 2019​; Member of ​Audit Committee

Ms. Walter was appointed Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by President George W. Bush, and served in that capacity from 2008 until 2013. President Barack Obama designated her as the 30th Chairman of the SEC in December 2012. Prior to her appointment as an SEC Commissioner, she was with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and its predecessor, the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), from 1996-2008. She served as Senior Executive Vice President, Regulatory Policy and Programs for FINRA and held the comparable position at NASD before its 2007 consolidation with NYSE Member Regulation. Earlier in her career, she served as the General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) from 1994 to 1996 and as Deputy Director of the SEC Division of Corporation Finance from 1986 to 1994. Among the honors Ms. Walter has received are the Presidential Rank Award (Distinguished), the ASECA William O. Douglas Award, the SEC Chairman's Award for Excellence and the Federal Bar Association's Philip A. Loomis, Jr. and Manuel F. Cohen Awards. She is a member of the Academy of Women Achievers of the YWCA of the City of New York and the inaugural class of the DirectWomen Institute. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, the National Women's Law Center and the Board of Governors of FINRA. Ms. Walter holds a B.A. in Mathematics, cum laude, from Yale University and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Qualifications: Ms. Walter's long and distinguished record of public service in major leadership roles at key agencies of the federal government has given her unique insight into both business and government. She also brings to the Board more than 35 years of experience and insight on complex domestic and international regulatory matters. As Chairman of the SEC, Ms. Walter demonstrated a keen understanding of capital markets and related regulatory issues, and led a 4,000-employee federal agency, overseeing its budget and developing policy. Ms. Walter's experience at FINRA provides extensive knowledge with respect to corporate finance and financial regulation and disclosure and her CFTC experience brings to the Board an understanding of commodities markets and regulation.

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