Sell-side trade body the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) has appointed former US senator Judd A. Gregg as CEO and former US representative Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr. as president.
Gregg was previously ranking Republican senator of the Appropriations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees. He served two terms as governor of New Hampshire and four terms as a member of the House of Representatives.
Gregg currently co-chairs bi-partisan Campaign to Fix the Debt and has served on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility.
“Judd is a national leader and a respected voice on financial regulatory and economic issues,” said Jim Rosenthal, chair-elect of SIFMA and COO at Morgan Stanley.
“I feel more confident in the Association’s ability to communicate effectively at every level – to the government, to regulators, internationally and, most important, to the people who look to financial services to help them achieve their goals,” Rosenthal said.
Incoming SIFMA president Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr. has served as executive vice-president of public policy and advocacy since 2009, overseeing SIFMA’s legal, legislative and regulatory affairs, and served as a leading industry voice.
Bentsen has held the position of president of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association and from 1995 to 2003 represented Texas as a member of the US House of Representatives.