For Immediate Release, Thursday, March 16, 2006
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Gregory Zerzan Joins ISDA As Head of Public Policy
SINGAPORE, Thursday, March 16, 2006 – At its Annual General Meeting here today, The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) announced that Gregory P.J. Zerzan has joined the Association as Counsel and Head, Global Public Policy.
In this new position, Mr. Zerzan will direct ISDA’s public policy strategies and initiatives on a global basis. This includes developing and coordinating the Association’s position and activities related to regulatory and legislative issues in all key jurisdictions. Mr. Zerzan, who will also chair ISDA’s U.S. Regulatory Committee, will be based in the Association’s Washington, D.C. office and will report to Robert Pickel, ISDA’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.
“Greg brings a wealth of experience across a broad range of public policy issues affecting privately negotiated swaps,” said Mr. Pickel. “His leadership and expertise will help to strengthen ISDA’s mission to encourage the prudent and efficient development of our business.”
Mr. Zerzan most recently served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Treasury, where he helped to create and implement economic and financial services policy for the Administration of President George W. Bush. Mr. Zerzan managed various Treasury offices and initiatives, including overseeing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program and the Office of Financial Institutions, as well as helping create policy on government sponsored enterprises.
Prior to that, Mr. Zerzan was Senior Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, advising Members of Congress on financial services law and policy, including banking law, securities law, bankruptcy law, privacy issues, energy trading and derivatives. He also served as Chief Counsel to the Agriculture Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
A native of Oregon, Mr. Zerzan received a B.A. from Willamette University and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, and began his career with the law firm of Kell, Alterman & Runstein in Portland.
ISDA, which represents participants in the privately negotiated derivatives industry, is the largest global financial trade association by number of member firms. ISDA was chartered in 1985, and today has approximately 700 member institutions from 50 countries on six continents. These members include most of the world's major institutions that deal in privately negotiated derivatives, as well as many of the businesses, governmental entities and other end users that rely on over-the-counter derivatives to manage efficiently the financial market risks inherent in their core economic activities. Information about ISDA and its activities is available on the Association's web site: www.isda.org.
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