William H. Donaldson

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William H. Donaldson
Occupation Former chairman
Employer U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Location Buffalo, NY, USA

William H. Donaldson became the 27th chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission in February 2003 and retired in June 2005.[1] He co-founded the Yale University School of Management and served as the graduate school's first dean and professor of management studies. Donaldson is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.


Prior to his arrival at the Commission, Donaldson had more than 45 years of experience working at the highest levels of business, government and academia. He got his first Wall Street job at G.H. Walker & Co., a brokerage started by President George W. Bush's great-uncle.[2] He has also served as Chairman and CEO of the investment banking firm Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, which he co-founded; Chairman and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange; Chairman, President and CEO of Aetna; and Chairman and CEO of Donaldson Enterprises, Inc.

His government service includes serving as Under Secretary of State to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and Counsel and Special Adviser to Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was named to the FDIC Advisory Committee on June 3, 2011.[3]


Donaldson received his undergraduate from Yale University in 1953 and his MBA from Harvard University in 1958.