In an interview, Brunswick’s CEO assesses the challenges facing leadership in a time of crisis.
Neal Wolin’s résumé runs back and forth between business and government. Before his 2018 appointment as Brunswick CEO, he served as Deputy Secretary of the US Treasury from May 2009 until September 2013—the longest serving in US history—and Acting Secretary of the Treasury in January and February 2013. As Deputy Secretary, Wolin served as the Treasury Department’s Chief Operating Officer and supervised all Treasury bureaus and domestic and international policy offices as well as its management, legal, public affairs and congressional affairs functions. He was a key architect of the Obama administration’s financial reform plan and played a critical role in international economic matters, working with finance ministries, central banks and major international financial institutions on economic growth, financial reforms and economic sanctions issues. He served the Obama administration as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President for Economic Policy. For five years, he also served as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS.
Prior to the Obama administration, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of the property and casualty insurance companies of The Hartford Financial Services Group, a $20 billion Fortune 200 company. He previously oversaw the company’s legal, government affairs, communications, marketing and tax functions. In the ’90s, in the Clinton administration, Wolin served as General Counsel of the US Treasury and as a member of the National Security Council staff at the White House.
Wolin is a board partner at Social Capital and an equity partner at Data Collective Venture Capital, both venture capital firms based in northern California. He is also a limited partner advisor to Nyca Partners, a venture capital and advisory firm focused on financial technology.
Wolin is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of the Atlantic Council and the Partnership for Public Service.
He graduated from Yale with a BA in History and holds a Master of Science in Development Economics from the University of Oxford, as well as a JD from Yale Law School.
Wolin speaks here with Philip Delves Broughton, Brunswick Partner and Group Head of Content, and bestselling author of four books.