President and Chief Executive Officer
Overseer and TIAA Trustee since 2008
ROGER WALTON FERGUSON, JR., 63, is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA and CREF. He joined TIAA-CREF following his tenure at Swiss Re, where he served as Chairman of the firm’s America Holding Corporation, Head of Financial Services and member of the Executive Committee from 2006 to 2008. Dr. Ferguson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Ferguson has served on the Boards of Directors of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. and Covariance Capital Management, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of TIAA) since 2010 and served as a director of Audax Health from 2011 until 2014. He also serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Life Insurers, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Math for America, and Partnership for New York City. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP. He is Chairman of the Business-Higher Education Forum and is a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Conference Board, the International Council of Advisors of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, the Congressional Budget Officer Panel of Economic Advisors, the Harvard University Visiting Committee for the Memorial Church, and the Group of Thirty. Dr. Ferguson holds a B.A., an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics, and a J.D., all from Harvard University. Dr. Ferguson provides in-depth knowledge of TIAA operations, sound business judgment, extensive knowledge of the finance industry and familiarity with governmental oversight of the financial services industry.