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Joseph A. Sullivan

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Legg Mason 

Joseph A. Sullivan

Joseph A. Sullivan

Joseph A. Sullivan is chairman and chief executive officer of Legg Mason Inc., a global asset management firm listed on the New York Stock Exchange and which has $709 billion in assets under management.

Sullivan, who is based in Baltimore, also serves as a current trustee and former chairman of the Securities Industry Institute. He is a former chairman of the Fixed Income Committee of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), a current board member of the Bond Market Association and a member of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Hearing Board.

Sullivan joined Legg Mason in September 2008 and, after serving as head of global distribution and chief administrative officer, was appointed interim chief executive officer as of October 2012.

Before joining Legg Mason, he served on the board of directors of Stifel Financial and as executive vice president and head of fixed income capital markets for Stifel Nicolaus from December 2005. Sullivan has more than 30 years of industry experience, holding prior executive roles at Legg Mason Wood Walker, Dain Bosworth and Piper Jaffray.

Sullivan holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from St. John’s University and is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sullivan is active in public service and committed to improving education, having served as a member of the boards of trustees for Catholic Charities, St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, chairman of the board of trustees of Loyola Blakefield School and president of the Baltimore Youth Hockey Association.