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Robert Nichols
President and Chief Operating Officer
Financial Services Forum

Robert Nichols was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Services Forum in June of 2005. Working with the member institutions, Nichols provides strategic leadership and coordinates the Forum's efforts to educate the public about the importance of robust capital markets, encourage a competitive global marketplace, and shape the national and international regulatory dialogue.

The Financial Services Forum is a non-partisan financial and economic policy organization comprising the chief executive officers of 20 of the largest and most diversified financial institutions with business operations in the United States. The Forum works to promote policies that encourage savings and investment, a competitive global marketplace, and robust capital markets.

Nichols is regularly quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Business Week and appears on CNBC, Fox Business News and Bloomberg. He has also provided testimony before the House Committee on Financial Services and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, two key Congressional committees that oversee the financial services industry.

Before joining the Forum, Nichols was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Public Affairs. In that capacity, Nichols oversaw all public affairs efforts for a $12 billion federal agency with 117,000 employees and played a leading role in educating the American people about tax and currency policy, debt management, Social Security and Medicare financing, the U.S. government's strategy to freeze terrorists' assets and restrict the flow of money that enables terror, and a host of international and emerging market issues that impact the U.S. economy. As assistant secretary, Nichols established policies for administering public affairs, business affairs, consumer affairs, and intergovernmental affairs programs in the Treasury Department and its bureaus. Nichols also oversaw the Office of Public Liaison, which conducts outreach to business, advocacy, and financial communities, including Wall Street; elicits information, analysis, and opinions from public and private organizations representing business and consumer interests; and communicates Treasury Department views to these entities.

Nichols is a graduate of the George Washington University.

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