In the fifth event in The Atlantic's ongoing View from the Top interview series, Paul Levy joins The Atlantic's Washington Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons for a conversation about his career trajectory and experiences as a leader in the financial industry.
During the interview, Levy will share insights from his more than 25 years working in private equity. He'll also discuss his career experiences, including his previous roles as CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, Inc. and as a Managing Director at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Levy is currently the Founder and Managing Director of JLL Partners.
Previous speakers featured in this series include Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin, Citigroup Vice Chairman Peter Orszag, United Talent Agency CEO Jeremy Zimmer, and University of Washington President Michael Young.
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Paul Levy founded JLL in 1988, and now serves on the Investment Committee. Before founding JLL, Mr. Levy was a Managing Director at Drexel Burnham Lambert, where he was responsible for the firm’s restructuring and exchange offer business in New York. Previously, he was CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, Inc., New York; Vice President of Administration and General Counsel of Quality Care, Inc.; and an attorney with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.
Mr. Levy earned a B.A. from Lehigh University, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also received a certificate from the Sorbonne Institute of Political Science in Paris, France.
Founder and Managing Director of JLL Partners, Paul Levy, explains why he believes that the media's explanation of the financial crisis has been an unbalanced and obsessive exaggeration of the behavior of the financial sector.