Robert G. Leary, CEO of Nuveen

Mr. Leary is Executive Vice President of TIAA-CREF, a leading financial services provider, and President of the company’s Asset Management business, the organization that oversees TIAA-CREF’s global, multi-boutique investment management business and its affiliated asset management companies. Mr. Leary, who joined TIAA in 2013, has responsibility for the company’s investment strategy, distribution and operations as well as the standalone businesses that comprise TIAA-CREF’s multi-boutique structure which include, among others, TIAA-CREF Asset Management and Nuveen Investments. He leads a highly experienced management team focused on strong investment performance, a history of innovation and client focus across all distribution channels.

Mr. Leary began his career as a lawyer for White & Case in New York, and then moved into the financial services arena with J.P. Morgan & Co., where he led the development of fixed-income derivative applications and investment strategies for pension plans and other investment managers. In the course of more than 20 years in the industry, Mr. Leary helped build AIG Financial Products’ investment business and led all of its client-facing businesses from marketing to distribution globally, and later was CEO of ING Investment Management Americas and ING Insurance U.S. At ING U.S, he was responsible for the investment management, retirement, insurance and annuity businesses, as well as operations, IT, and marketing in the U.S. Mr. Leary serves on the board of AmeriCares, a nonprofit, global health and disasterrelief organization. He is a frequent speaker and/or panelist at numerous industry conferences and has appeared in major financial media. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Union College and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law.