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Richard Breeden

"Richard was very pleasant and enjoyable to speak with and took the complicated situation of WorldCom and made it very understandable. His presentation was excellent."

- Norman R. Goldstein, Conference Co-Chair, Treasury Management Association Of Chicago

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Richard Breeden

Richard Breeden

  • Founder & Chairman, Breeden Capital Management
  • Chairman of the Board, H&R Block, Inc.
  • Former Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Corporate Monitor of WorldCom, Hollinger and Fannie Mae

Widely acknowledged as the preeminent expert on corporate governance, Richard Breeden is the former Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. With wit and perspective, Mr. Breeden analyzes the issues and alternatives facing boards of directors, corporate leadership and regulators in today’s business environment.

Richard Breeden Speech Topics

Companies in Crisis: Will The WorldCom Workout Work For Others?

Mr. Breeden draws from his experience as Corporate Monitor of WorldCom, Inc. to highlight the issues of corporate governance and ethics and recommend new systems of corporate governance and compensation.

Restoring Investor Confidence

In this speech, Mr. Breeden highlights strategic methods and alternatives for reviving troubled companies in the eyes of employees, investors and consumers.

Richard Breeden Biography, Background, and Speaker Profile

Monitoring Corporate America

On behalf of the U.S. District Court, Richard Breeden was appointed to act as Corporate Monitor of WorldCom, Inc., overseeing the case involving the largest corporate fraud and bankruptcy in U.S. history. In this capacity, he was responsible for supervising efforts to insure that fraudulent activities, self-dealing and financial abuse at WorldCom were halted, and for recommending new systems of corporate governance and compensation. He now serves as Corporate Monitor of WorldCom, Hollinger and Fannie Mae. His own firm, Richard C. Breeden & Co., provides turnaround advisory services and strategic consulting to companies experiencing financial or governance distress.

Extensive and Longstanding Experience

During the Administrations of Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton, Mr. Breeden held a series of government positions that culminated in his service from 1989 to 1993 as Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As head of the SEC he played a leading role in defining disclosure, accounting and corporate governance requirements under the U.S. securities laws, and initiated the last major overhaul of U.S. proxy rules. The SEC under his leadership brought more than 1,200 enforcement actions involving false or misleading financial statements, insider trading and other violations of law.

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