Americas Emerging Markets Leader, Ernst & Young
Partner, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer, The Rohatyn Group
WILLIAM E. MAYER
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Sam Fouad is Ernst & Young's Americas emerging markets leader, based in New York City. From 2003 to 2011, Foaud was a member of the global executive and senior global leadership teams. He was global managing partner of people from 2008 to 2011, leading overall human resources strategy and operations for Ernst & Young's more than 144,000 employees. He was global vice chair of tax services from 2003 to 2008, leading overall strategy and operations of EY Tax Services, a group with revenues of more than $6 billion worldwide. Prior to 2003, Fouad held various tax leadership and client service roles including director of Latin American tax and legal services (in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo) and international tax services leader (in New York and Philadelphia). Fouad has received repeated industry recognition as a leading US, Latin America, and global tax and legal advisor.
William E. Mayer
William E. Mayer is the Senior Partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners, a private equity firm. From the fall of 1992 until December 1996, Mr. Mayer was a professor and Dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland. Mr. Mayer worked at The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse), a major investment bank for 23 years where he held numerous management positions including President and CEO. Mr. Mayer is currently a board member of DynaVox, BlackRock Kelso and Lee Enterprises and is a trustee of the Columbia Group of Mutual Funds. Over the past 30 years, he has been a board member of numerous other public and private companies. Mr. Mayer was Chairman of the Board of the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and is currently on its Executive Committee. He is the U.S. Chairman of the British-North American Committee, a board member of the Acumen Fund and Atlantic Council, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Vietnam Dialogue Group, and Vice Chairman of the Middle East Investment Initiative.
Nicolas Rohatyn is partner, CEO, and chief investment officer of The Rohatyn Group. Based in New York, he oversees overall strategy and management of the firm. Previously, Rohatyn was at J. P. Morgan for 19 years, where he held a variety of leadership positions in emerging markets, foreign exchange, commodities, credit markets, and e-commerce functions. He served as a member of J. P. Morganâ€™s executive management team for five years. As managing director and head of emerging markets sales, trading, and research, Rohatyn built and restructured the division from a loan-based business to an integrated and diversified sales, trading, and capital markets effort. During his tenure there, J. P. Morgan established its widely acknowledged leadership position in emerging markets securities distribution, trading, and research. Rohatyn was a founder and former chairman of the Emerging Markets Traders Association.
Financiers Nicolas Rohatyn and Sam Fouad discuss the impacts of free trade agreements on international investors. "We as a country believe we are great proponents, and maybe even the lead proponents, of free trade," argues Fouad. "And yet we have very few bilateral trade agreements."