Leslie F. Seidman

Director since December 2013

Leslie F. Seidman, age 57, is Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Executive, Governance & Nominating and Compensation & Human Resources Committees of the Board of Directors. Ms Seidman has over 30 years of experience in the accounting profession, serving as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) from 2003-2013, and as Chairman for approximately the last three years of her term. During her tenure, the FASB established numerous accounting standards relating to financial instruments, including securitizations, derivatives and credit losses and worked with regulators and policy makers in the U.S., and in other major capital markets to develop consistent accounting standards. Previously, Ms Seidman was the founder and managing member of a financial reporting consulting firm that served global financial institutions, law firms and accounting firms. From 1987 to 1996, Ms Seidman served as Vice President, Accounting Policy and in other roles at J.P. Morgan & Company, Inc. (now JPMorgan) and from 1984 to 1987, Ms Seidman served as an auditor for Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernst & Young, LLP). Ms Seidman previously served as a Public Governor of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (2014-2019). Ms Seidman currently serves as a director of General Electric (2018-present), where she has served as the Audit Committee Chair since April 2019, and is also an advisor to Idaciti, Inc., a start-up fintech company (2017-present).


Ms Seidman brings regulatory and financial expertise to the Board. She served as a Public Governor of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Her experience as the Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, executive at a major bank and auditor for a major accounting firm allows her to bring to the Board significant knowledge of global accounting and financial reporting matters in addition to regulatory and senior management experience. In addition, she has previously worked as a CPA and is certified in cybersecurity oversight.