American International Group Inc. has named Arthur Levitt as a special advisor to its board of directors and as a member of the board’s nominating and corporate governance Committee. Levitt’s duties will include advice with respect to potential nominees for election to the board, as well as board procedures, structure and governance issues.
Levitt served as the chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission 1993 to 2001. He was the longest serving chairman in the history of the SEC, and during his tenure, worked to educate, empower and protect America’s investors. From 1989 to 1993, he served as the chairman of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and from 1978 to 1989, he was the chairman of the American Stock Exchange. Prior to joining the Amex, Levitt worked for 16 years on Wall Street. Levitt served on the Conference Board Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise. He graduated in 1952 from Williams College before serving for two years in the Air Force.
Frank G. Zarb, AIG interim chairman and lead director said, “Mr. Levitt is a corporate governance expert with significant experience in government and the private sector. I am confident he can make a strong contribution to AIG’s efforts to enhance its corporate governance practices and policies.”
Martin J. Sullivan, AIG president and chief executive officer, said “AIG is implementing several significant initiatives to ensure that we have best practices in corporate governance. To further this important objective, AIG’s board and management will be working closely with Levitt, who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this role. He will advise AIG on a wide range of corporate governance matters, work with AIG as it seeks to recruit the best qualified directors to represent all AIG shareholders and assist AIG as it reaches out to all of its shareholders.”
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