Robert G. Leary, CEO, Olayan Group

Mr. Leary is CEO of The Olayan Group, a private multinational enterprise. The Olayan Group is an international investor and a diverse commercial and industrial group with operations globally. Mr. Leary was previously CEO of Nuveen, a U.S. based investment management firm that was acquired in 2014 by TIAA-CREF (Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association – College Retirement Equities Fund), now known as TIAA. Mr. Leary had joined TIAA-CREF in 2013 and was instrumental in the acquisition and invigoration of Nuveen as well as its integration with TIAA’s pre-existing asset management business. 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. He has been 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.