At Blend, one of our core beliefs is that we should always be evolving in order to deliver the best possible service to our customers. Growth of this sort is dependent on having the right advisors in place to help us see how we can push our products, our practices, and our service to new heights.
With that aim in mind, it’s with great pleasure that we introduce Roger Ferguson as the latest addition to our board of directors. Roger is one of the most respected leaders in financial services. He has a remarkable record of public service and private sector success, having served as the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System and as the CEO and president of TIAA, a leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields.
With a J.D. and a Ph.D. from Harvard, Roger spent his early career practicing law on Wall Street and providing strategic advice and consulting at McKinsey before being named as Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve, where he served from 1997 to 2006. He led the Fed’s response to the 9/11 attacks and was widely praised for his handling of the crisis. He was described by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan as one of the most effective Vice Chairs of the Fed in history.
Following his service on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Roger returned to the private sector, where he was Head of Financial Services for Swiss Re before becoming the CEO of TIAA, where he served for more than 13 years. At TIAA, Roger oversaw the delivery of essential financial services to TIAA’s customers, which include many of the country’s educators.
While Roger has served in leadership roles in large and complex organizations, he is also no stranger to innovation. Among other board roles, he has served on the board of directors of Alphabet, Inc. since 2016. Roger is thoroughly familiar with the challenges that financial institutions face in meeting the need to innovate. We believe he will help our team at Blend to meet those challenges.
Roger is a thought leader on how to better prepare Americans for the financial demands of retirement, for which many are ill-equipped. He is someone who is passionate about the power of financial services to improve people’s lives. His addition to our board of directors is one signal of many actions we are taking to expand not only our depth of industry expertise but also our commitment to making financial services better for all.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t predict what’s next. But at Blend, we’re here to support financial institutions with each new challenge they face. We’re excited to have Roger join our board to lend his expertise as we continue to evolve and fulfill our commitment to supporting our customers as they face what’s around every corner.
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