Donald E. Powell, Chairman, John M. Reich (seated), James E. Gilleran, Thomas L. Curry, and John D. Hawke, Jr., (standing, left to right)
Donald E. Powell
Don Powell was sworn in as the 18th Chairman of the FDIC in August 2001. During his tenure he has worked to maintain the FDIC’s reputation of excellence while positioning the organization to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving banking industry.
Prior to being named Chairman of the FDIC by President George W. Bush, Mr. Powell – a life-long Texan – was President and CEO of The First National Bank of Amarillo, where he started his banking career in 1971.
In addition to his professional experience as a banker, Mr. Powell has served on numerous boards at universities, civic associations, hospitals and charities.
Of note, Mr. Powell has served as the Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System, which has more than 90,000 students, the Chairman of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.
Mr. Powell has also served on the boards of many other nonprofit, public and community organizations, including the United Way, the Harrington Regional Medical Center, the City of Amarillo Housing Board, and a number of other educational institutions.
He received his B.S. in economics from West Texas State University and is a graduate of The Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.
John M. Reich
Mr. Reich became Vice Chairman of the FDIC Board of Directors on November 15, 2002, and has served as a Board member since January 16, 2001. Following Chairman Donna Tanoue’s resignation in July 2001 until Mr. Powell took office in August 2001, Mr. Reich was Acting Chairman of the FDIC.
Mr. Reich enjoyed a 23-year career as a community banker in Illinois and Florida, the last 10 years of which were as President and CEO of the National Bank of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
Before joining the FDIC, Mr. Reich served for 12 years on the staff of U.S. Senator Connie Mack (R-FL). From 1998 through 2000, he was Senator Mack’s Chief of Staff, directing and overseeing all of the Senator’s offices and committee activities, including the Senate Banking Committee.
Mr. Reich’s substantial community service includes serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of a public hospital facility in Ft. Myers, FL, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sarasota Family YMCA. He has also served as a Board member for a number of civic organizations, and was active for many years in youth baseball programs.
Mr. Reich holds a B.S. degree from Southern Illinois University and an M.B.A. from the University of South Florida. He is also a graduate of Louisiana State University’s School of Banking of the South.
Thomas J. Curry
Mr. Curry took office as a member of the FDIC Board of Directors on January 12, 2004. Previously, he had served five Massachusetts Governors as the Commonwealth’s Commissioner of Banks, from 1995 to 2003. He served as Acting Commissioner from 1994 to 1995, and as First Deputy Commissioner from 1987 to 1994.
Mr. Curry currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. Mr. Curry was also Chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors from 2000 to 2001, and a member of the State Liaison Committee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council from 1996 to 2003.
Mr. Curry joined the Commonwealth’s Division of Banks in 1986. He entered state government in 1982 as an attorney with the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office.
Mr. Curry is a graduate of Manhattan College (summa cum laude), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from the New England School of Law.
James E. Gilleran
Mr. Gilleran became Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) on December 7, 2001. As OTS Director, Mr. Gilleran is an ex-officio member of the FDIC Board.
Mr. Gilleran was Chairman and CEO of the Bank of San Francisco from October 1994 until December 2000. From 1989 to 1994, he was the California State Banking Superintendent. He served as Chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) from 1993 to 1994, and was a member of the CSBS’s Bankers Advisory Council until 2000.
Prior to his service as the California Banking Superintendent, Mr. Gilleran was managing partner of the Northern California practice of the public accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick. Before serving as managing partner, he was in charge of KPMG’s banking practice in the western region of the U.S. He was with KPMG from 1958 through 1987.
Mr. Gilleran has also been involved in a number of educational, civic and charitable organizations, including serving as Chairman of both the American Red Cross of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Metropolitan YMCA.
Mr. Gilleran is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs. He graduated from Pace University in 1955, and received his law degree from Northwestern California University in 1996.
John D. Hawke, Jr.
Mr. Hawke was sworn in as the 28th Comptroller of the Currency on December 8, 1998. After serving 10 months under a recess appointment, he was sworn in for a full five-year term on October 13, 1999. As Comptroller, Mr. Hawke served as an FDIC Board member until his resignation on October 13, 2004. Mr. Hawke’s successor to the Board is Julie Williams, Acting Comptroller of the Currency.
Prior to his appointment as Comptroller, Mr. Hawke served for three and a half years as Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance. Before joining Treasury, Mr. Hawke was a senior partner at the Washington, DC, law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he began as an associate in 1962. While there, he headed the financial institutions practice, and from 1987 to 1995, served as the firm’s Chairman. In 1975, he left the firm to serve as General Counsel to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, returning in 1978.
Mr. Hawke graduated from Yale University in 1954 with a B.A. in English. From 1955 to 1957, he served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. After graduating in 1960 from Columbia University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review, Mr. Hawke was a law clerk for Judge E. Barrett Prettyman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1961 to 1962, he served as counsel to the Select Subcommittee on Education in the House of Representatives.
From 1970 to 1987, Mr. Hawke taught courses on federal regulation of banking at Georgetown University Law Center. He has also taught courses on bank acquisitions and financial regulation, and served as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Morin Center for Banking Law Studies in Boston. Mr. Hawke also has written extensively on matters relating to the regulation of financial institutions.
Julie L. Williams
Ms. Williams is currently serving as Acting Comptroller of the Currency, succeeding John D. Hawke, Jr. and is also his successor on the FDIC Board of Directors. Ms. Williams has been First Senior Deputy Comptroller since 1999 and also Chief Counsel since 1994. She was also Acting Comptroller from April to December 1998.
As Chief Counsel, Ms. Williams was responsible for all of the agency’s legal activities and also supervised the Licensing Department and the Community Affairs Department. Ms. Williams served as a member of the OCC’s Executive Committee. She has led the Executive Committee in providing policy and strategic direction to the agency.
Previously, Ms. Williams had been Senior Deputy Chief Counsel at the Office of Thrift Supervision, and served since 1983 at that agency and its predecessor, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. She worked on securities and banking law issues at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Kampelman in Washington from 1975 to 1983.
Ms. Williams is a graduate of Goddard College, Vermont, and graduated first in her class at Antioch School of Law, Washington, DC. She is the author of numerous articles on banking, securities and financial institutions law.