Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers Joining Lending Club Board


Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summer Joining Lending Club Board
One of the most powerful positions in finance in this country is the Secretary of the Treasury. This person is the principal economic advisor to the President and is the head of the Department of the Treasury. Nominated by President Clinton in 1999, Lawrence Summers served as Treasury Secretary until George W. Bush took office in January 2001. Now, he will be joining the board of Lending Club.

It was just back in April when Lending Club announced John Mack would be joining their board. Now, with Summers they have someone with even more impressive credentials on their board. Summers’ resume also includes stints as chief economist at the World Bank, Director of the White House National Economic Council under President Obama and, of course, his controversial tenure as President of Harvard University.

This is another great move for Lending Club, something that helps brings them ever more closer to the financial mainstream. With two board members now with impressive “old guard” experience Lending Club is positioning itself to become part of the financial establishment. I am sure this makes many investors, large and small, feel more comfortable with their decision to invest in p2p lending.

You can read the official press release here as well as coverage on Techcrunch.

  • Peter Renton is the chairman and co-founder of LendIt Fintech, the world’s first and largest digital media and events company focused on fintech. Peter has been writing about fintech since 2010 and he is the author and creator of the Fintech One-on-One Podcast, the first and longest-running fintech interview series. Peter has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, CNBC, CNN, Fortune, NPR, Fox Business News, the Financial Times, and dozens of other publications.

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