Judd Gregg - CEO
Former Senator Gregg is CEO of SIFMA. SIFMA brings together the shared interests of hundreds of securities firms, banks and asset managers who are engaged in communities across the country to raise capital for businesses and provide access to capital to help people on Main Streets across the nation thrive and prosper. America's success depends on a vibrant financial system; in his role as CEO, Senator Gregg promotes the role the financial services industry plays in leading economic growth and promoting job creation to the benefit of all Americans.
Senator Gregg served as a United States Senator from 1993 to 2011 and was both Chairman and the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee. Prior to his tenure in the Senate, Senator Gregg served as Governor of New Hampshire (1989-1993) and as a U.S. Representative (1981-1989).
Senator Gregg is a national leader on fiscal policy, a well known budget expert and a respected voice on economic and financial regulatory issues. Senator Gregg served as the chief republican senate negotiator on the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (TARP) and as a member of the Senate Banking Committee, Senator Gregg served as one of the principal negotiators working to modernize the U.S. financial regulatory system.
Senator Gregg, along with Senators Alan Simpson, Erskine Bowles and Governor Ed Rendell co-chairs the "Fix the Debt" initiative, which is an effort to develop a comprehensive deficit reduction agreement along the lines of the Simpson-Bowles Commission, on which Senator Gregg served.
In New Hampshire, he is known as champion of land conservation with a more than 30-year commitment to protect the state's environment. His efforts have helped preserve more than 337,000 acres of sensitive land. As the former Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, he has also been a major force for promoting excellence in the higher education community. In 2012, Senator Gregg was appointed the first Distinguished Fellow at Dartmouth College where he lectures on national governance and history issues.
Senator Gregg attended Columbia University (A.B. 1969), received his J.D. in 1972 from Boston University Law School and his L.L.M in tax law in 1975.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Honeywell Corporation.
Senator Gregg is married to Kathleen MacLellan Gregg. They have three children: Molly, married to John Otter; Sarah, married to William Orum; and Joshua. They also have two grandchildren.
Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr. - President
Mr. Bentsen is President of SIFMA. Previously, Mr. Bentsen served as the Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy for SIFMA, responsible for SIFMA's legal, regulatory, and legislative affairs and advocacy initiatives.
Prior to joining SIFMA, Mr. Bentsen was president of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), where he led the 700-member financial services trade association representing commercial and investment banks, financial services companies and manufacturers in the commercial finance sector. In that role he developed and implemented a new strategic direction for this principal industry association. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Bentsen was a Managing Director at Public Strategies, Inc. where he was a strategic and management consultant principally to the firm's financial services clients.
From 1995 to 2003, Mr. Bentsen served as a Member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas, where he sat on the House Financial Services Committee (and its predecessor House Banking and Financial Services Committee), and separately on the House Budget Committee. Mr. Bentsen was an active participant in the drafting and enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act and the Commodities Futures Modernization Act. During his tenure in the Congress, he played an active role in legislation and oversight of regulations affecting bank and thrift charters, federal deposit insurance, securities law, derivatives, and the federal government sponsored enterprises (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the FHLB system). Mr. Bentsen was also instrumental in the passage of the landmark Balanced Budget Act of 1997, particularly with respect to health care policy.
Prior to his service in Congress, Mr. Bentsen was an investment banker at both a major Wall Street firm and a large regional firm, where he specialized in municipal and mortgage finance.
Mr. Bentsen holds a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and an M.P.A. from American University.
Cheryl Crispen - Executive Vice President, Communications
Ms. Crispen is the Executive Vice President of Communications for SIFMA.
Prior to joining SIFMA, Ms. Crispen was Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). At MBA, she was responsible for MBA's external and internal communications programs, including directing relations with the national media; developing speeches and presentations for MBA's leadership; marketing of the association's products, services and membership; and overseeing all aspects of publishing the association's monthly magazine and online newsletters.
Before joining MBA, Ms. Crispen was Vice President of Public Affairs for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications and public outreach programs, managing the bank's external and internal communications and developing overall bank positioning.
Previously, Ms. Crispen was Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications at JPMorganChase, where she developed brand positioning and direct marketing programs as well as managed global advertising, media outreach, Internet design and content, client publications, speakers bureau, investor relations and internal communications. Prior to JPMorganChase, she was Vice President of Global Communications for The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., where she developed and executed strategic communications and marketing programs.
Ms. Crispen has extensive government experience having served as primary media spokesperson for international trade policy as Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she formulated public affairs strategy for 200 offices worldwide. She also served as chief spokesperson for domestic finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she formulated and implemented public affairs strategies relating to domestic finance issues such as banking, government securities, the stock market, taxes, the budget and money laundering. She has worked on several national presidential campaigns dealing with media relations, opposition research and advertising.
Ms. Crispen began her career at Hill and Knowlton Public Affairs Worldwide and has served on numerous national political campaigns. She graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a bachelor's degree, double-majoring in international economic affairs and political science. She also attended the University of Pittsburgh's study abroad program involving travel and study in 11 foreign countries.
Ira D. Hammerman - Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Mr. Hammerman is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for SIFMA. In this role, Mr. Hammerman oversees SIFMA’s legal advocacy efforts and outside counsel relationships.
He previously served as Senior Managing Director and General Counsel since joining SIFMA in 2004. He has been intimately involved with SIFMA's response to the 2008 financial crisis, particularly SIFMA's advocacy efforts related to the Dodd-Frank Act. Prior to joining SIFMA, Mr. Hammerman was a partner of Clifford Chance, where over a 19 year period he represented the financial services industry on a wide variety of securities regulatory and enforcement matters before the SEC, FINRA and state regulatory authorities. His practice focused on U.S. securities regulation of U.S. and foreign financial institutions, including broker-dealers, investment advisers, banks and investment companies. A substantial part of his practice included representation of financial institutions with respect to trading, compliance and enforcement matters.
Mr. Hammerman received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and has a B.A. from Emory University. He is a member of the District of Columbia and New York Bars.
David Krasner - Chief Financial and Chief Administrative Officer
Mr. Krasner is the Chief Financial and Chief Administration Officer for SIFMA. He joined the Association in October 2008. Mr. Krasner brings nearly 25 years of experience in finance, audit, business management, and administrative services. He is responsible for SIFMA's finance, technology, human resources, and facilities management functions.
Prior to joining SIFMA, Mr. Krasner held finance positions at both UBS and JP Morgan Chase specifically in the areas of Fixed Income Finance, Asset Management and Corporate and Administrative Services. Additionally, he worked for the Securities Industry Association – the predecessor association to SIFMA – from 1995 to 1998. Prior to positions in the financial services industry, he was the controller of an application development firm as well as an auditor at the accounting firm of JH Cohn and Company.
Mr. Krasner, a CPA, holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.
Randy Snook - Executive Vice President
Mr. Snook is the Executive Vice President of Business Policies & Practices for SIFMA. He is responsible for overseeing the Association's three U.S. business groups, Capital Markets, Private Client and Asset Management, as well as Technology and Operations.
Prior to joining the Association, Mr. Snook held several senior positions at Goldman Sachs, including co-head of the Credit Capital Markets New Issue Desk, co-head of the Corporate Bond Business Unit and head of the Investment Grade Syndicate. Mr. Snook became a partner at Goldman in 2000. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was an Associate at Drexel Burnham Lambert and an Assistant Treasurer at Bankers Trust.
Mr. Snook holds a BS in civil engineering and an MBA degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.