Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr.

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Ken Bentsen
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Occupation President
Employer Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
Location Washington, DC
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Website http://www.sifma.org/

Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr. is president and CEO of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the securities industry's primary policy organization.[1] Before being named CEO, Bentsen was SIFMA's executive vice president of public policy and advocacy. In this role, he was responsible for managing the organization's legal, regulatory and legislative affairs, as well as its advocacy initiatives.[2]

Bentsen spent five months as acting CEO in January 2013, after then-CEO Timothy Ryan, Jr. left SIFMA to join JPMorgan Chase as global head of regulatory policy and strategy. In May 2013, SIFMA named former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg to serve as SIFMA's CEO, with Bentsen retaining the presidency. When Gregg stepped down from the role in December 2013, Bentsen was named president and CEO.[3]

Background[edit]

Bentsen is a former U.S. Representative from Texas, having spent four terms in Congress from 1995 until 2003. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee (and its predecessor, the House Banking and Financial Services Committee) he helped craft such banking legislation as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, and other legislative efforts affecting securities, derivatives and GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He is the nephew of former U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd Bentsen.

From 2006-2009, Bentsen was president of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, where he led the group's policy and advocacy efforts. Before that, he was a managing director at Public Strategies Inc., where he provided strategic and management advice to the company's financial service clients.

Earlier in his career, from 1987 to 1993, he worked on Wall Street as an investment banker, first for the now-infamous Drexel Burnham Lambert and then for George K. Baum & Co..[4]

Education[edit]

In 1982, Bentsen earned a bachelors of arts from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX. In 1985, he earned a master's degree in public administration from American University, Washington, DC.

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