NYSE Chair Grasso to speak at Vanderbilt

September 18, 2002

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Dick Grasso, chairman and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, will speak about “Recovery of New York—Post-September 11, 2001 and Investor Confidence: NYSE Perspective” at 1 p.m. on Sept. 25 in Flynn Auditorium of the Vanderbilt University Law School. His speech is part of the Owen Distinguished Speaker Series and is free and open to the public.

In addition to discussing the recovery of New York following the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, he will address the Exchange’s role in restoring the public’s trust and confidence in American enterprise.

While visiting the Vanderbilt campus, Grasso also will be named the Outstanding Financial Executive of the Year by the Owen School Finance Club. The club is bestowing the honor on Grasso in recognition of his steadfast leadership of the New York Stock Exchange during a period of dramatic change in financial markets. “He not only has maintained the Exchange’s position as the world’s leading equity market, but has increased its stature and steadily improved the quality of its markets,” said Hans Stoll, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Professor of Finance at the Owen School and faculty adviser to the Finance Club.

Previous recipients of the award, given periodically, include Richard Fisher, the longtime president and now chairman emeritus of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter; Ronald Terry, the now retired chairman of First Tennessee National Corp.; and Peter Peterson, chairman and co-founder of The Blackstone Group.

Grasso started his career with the NYSE in 1968. He was named president and chief operating officer in 1988 and became vice chairman in 1991. He has been chairman and CEO of the exchange since 1995.

He is chairman of the Economic Club of New York, vice chairman of the National Italian American Foundation, a trustee of New York University, a member of the New York University Stern School of Business board of overseers, a member of the Yale School of Management advisory board, a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s international capital markets advisory committee and a member of the boards of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Twin Towers Fund and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

Contact: Susanne Loftis, 615-322-NEWS, susanne.loftis@vanderbilt.edu

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