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Mervyn King, Former Bank of England Governor and Chief Economist, Joins CFR as Distinguished Visiting Fellow

September 17, 2013

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Mervyn King, former governor and chief economist for the Bank of England, joins the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) this month as a distinguished visiting fellow.

"We are excited and honored to have someone of Mervyn King's experience and stature join us here at the Council on Foreign Relations," said CFR President Richard N. Haass. "Governor King strengthens our ability to assess financial developments and their consequences."

King is the second former central bank governor to recently join CFR. Stanley Fischer, former governor for the Bank of Israel and a former senior official with the IMF and the World Bank, also became a distinguished fellow earlier this month.

King is the newest addition to an illustrious roster of scholars and practitioners on economics and geoeconomics at CFR, which also includes former treasury secretaries Robert E. Rubin and Timothy F. Geithner; former Office of Management and Budget director Peter R. Orszag; CFR's Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies Sebastian Mallaby; Director of International Economics Benn Steil; Senior Fellow for International Economics Jagdish N. Bhagwati; and Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn.

King was governor of the Bank of England and chairman of the monetary policy and financial policy committees from 2003 to 2013, helping to shape UK monetary policy during the global economic recession. He was previously deputy governor from 1998 to 2003, and served as chief economist and executive director from 1991 to 1998. King was also a nonexecutive director of the bank from 1990 to 1991.

King received a master's degree in economics from King's College, Cambridge University and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University. He has taught at Cambridge, Birmingham, and Harvard Universities, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics. King is a fellow of the British Academy and an honorary fellow of King's and St. John's Colleges.

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