FPA 2022 Financial Services Dinner

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Foreign Policy Association
St. Regis New York

Event Details

Thursday, March 10, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM 
The St. Regis New York
2 East 55th Street
New York , NY
Event type
Lunch / Dinner  

Event Description

The FPA’s annual Financial Services Dinner is one of the premier gatherings of New York City's global financial community. The dinner presents an opportunity to hear about cutting edge geo-economic issues from thought leaders and individuals who have an intimate knowledge of international financial architecture.

The dinner will be held at The St. Regis Hotel  (2 East 55th Street , New York, NY 10022).  Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. 


This year's honorees will include:


 Greg Becker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Silicon Valley Financial Group

Keith Creel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Pacific

Christian Mumenthaler, Group Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Re

Patrick Ottensmeyer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kansas City Southern.

Event Speakers

    • Greg Becker - Honoree
      President and CEO, Silicon Valley Financial Group

      Greg Becker has championed the innovation economy since joining Silicon Valley Bank in 1993. He is now chief executive officer of the bank, which is the world’s only financial institution dedicated to the innovation sector worldwide. He has led SVB’s expansion to include four primary businesses: commercial, private banking and wealth management, investment banking, and fund management.

      Under Greg Becker’s leadership, SVB’s growth rate continues to outpace other banks and financial services providers. In 2018 SVB joined the S&P 500, and it has been named one of the best banks in the United States. As well as being one of this country’s fastest growing public companies, it has been recognized as one of the best places to work and is included in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index. Advocating for entrepreneurs, investors, and corporates, SVB is committed to increasing diversity in the global innovation sector. The bank is consistently rated among the top corporate philanthropists in its region.

      Prior to becoming SVB’s chief executive officer, Greg Becker was the company’s president, chief operations officer, and chief banking officer. Earlier in his career, he headed the company’s venture capital group. A co-founder of SVB Capital, he has been recognized by Worth magazine as a top influencer in global finance and by Institutional Investor as the No. 1 midcap bank CEO.

      Greg Becker is a Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Class A director, chairman of TechNet, and a member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Executive Council. He chaired the Group from 2014 to 2017.  In 2016 and 2017, he was a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Digital Economy Board of Advisors. He received a Bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University.


    • Keith Creel - Honoree
      President and CEO, Canadian Pacific

      Keith Creel was named president and chief executive officer of Canadian Pacific Railway in 2017, becoming the 17th leader of the company since 1881. Originally built between 1881 and 1885, the line was Canada’s first transcontinental railway. With headquarters in Calgary, the network extends from Vancouver to Montreal and serves Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, and other U.S. cities.

      Prior to his appointment as CEO, Keith Creel was president and chief operating office of the railway. He joined the Canadian Pacific Board of Directors in 2015. Under his leadership, CP continues to find safer, more efficient ways of connecting customers to domestic and global markets. CP plays a prominent role in linking communities in Canada and the United States.

      Before joining CP, Keith Creel was executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Canadian National Railway. Other positions he held at this company include executive vice-president operations, senior vice-president Eastern Region, senior vice-president Western Region, and vice-president of the Prairie Division.

      He began his railroad career at Burlington Northern Railway in 1992 as an intermodal ramp manager in Birmingham, Alabama. At Grand Trunk Western Railroad he was a superintendent and general manager, and at Illinois Central Railroad he was a trainmaster and director of corridor operations.

      A Board member of TTX Company and of the Association of American Railroads, Keith Creel was recognized by Progressive Railroading in 2014 as a Railroad Innovator. Railway Age named him Railroader of the Year in 2021 and co-Railroader of the Year in 2022.

      As a U.S. Army commissioned officer, he served in Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War. He received a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Jacksonville State University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.


    • Christian Mumenthaler - Honoree
      Group CEO, Swiss Re

      Swiss Re, at the forefront of developing risk solutions worldwide for over 150 years, named Christian Mumenthaler Group chief executive officer in 2016. He previously served as chief executive officer for Reinsurance, a post to which he was appointed in October 2011. In January of that year, he became chief marketing officer for Reinsurance and a member of the Group Executive Committee.

      Christian Mumenthaler began his career in 1997 as an associate at Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm. In 1999 he joined Swiss Re, where he was responsible for key company projects. In 2002 he established a new unit, Group Retro and Syndication, which worked to optimize risk and capital base through retrocession and securitization. He was appointed Group chief risk officer in 2005 and became a member of the Group Executive Committee.  From 2007 to 2010, he headed Life & Health in the reinsurance products area, where he implemented strategies to access new value chains.

      Christian Mumenthaler chairs the Geneva Association, the leading international think tank of the insurance industry, and he co-chairs the World Economic Forum Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders. He is Board member of economiesuisse, a national federation representing interests of the Swiss business community, and of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce. His other memberships include the Pan-European Insurance Forum, the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) Foundation Board, the Global Reinsurance Forum, the Insurance Development Forum Steering Committee, Insurance Europe’s Reinsurance Advisory Board, and the Board of Trustees of the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies.

      The World Economic Forum recognized him from 2005 to 2010 as a Young Global Leader. He received a PhD in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. 


    • Patrick Ottensmeyer - Honoree
      President and CEO, Kansas City Southern

      Patrick Ottensmeyer was named president and chief executive officer of Kansas City Southern in 2016, and he a member of company’s Board of Directors. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, KCS is a transportation holding company with railroad investments in the United States, Mexico, and Panama.

      Canadian Pacific Railway acquired KCS in December 2021 in a $31 billion transaction. KCS has been placed in trust and will continue to operate independently pending merger approval by the U.S. federal Surface Transportation Board. Following Board approval, the two companies will be combined to form Canadian Pacific Kansas City, the first truly North American railroad.

      Patrick Ottensmeyer was executive vice president and chief financial officer of KCS from 2006 to 2008 and executive vice president for sales and marketing from 2008 to 2015. He was named KCS president in 2015.


      Before joining KCS, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Intranasal Therapeutics, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. From 1993 to 1999, he was vice president for finance and treasurer of Santa Fe Pacific Corporation and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation. Earlier in his career, he held executive positions at Security Pacific National Bank and Bank of America.

      Patrick Ottensmeyer is the U.S. chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S.-Mexico Economic Council. He serves on the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute Advisory Board and on the Boards of the Association of American Railroads, Truman Library Institute, and the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City. In 2019 Progressive Railroading honored him as a Railroad Innovator, and Railway Age recognized him as Railroader of the Year.

      He received a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University and an honorary doctorate from the Mexican Academy of International Law.


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