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Richard F. Syron is a former chairman and chief executive officer of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, commonly known as Freddie Mac. He previously served as chairman and CEO of Thermo Electron Corp., and as CEO of the American Stock Exchange.[citation needed]

Richard F. Syron
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11th President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
In office
January 1, 1989 – March 31, 1994
Preceded byFrank E. Morris
Succeeded byCathy Minehan
Personal details
Born (1943-10-25) October 25, 1943 (age 75)
Boston, Massachusetts
EducationBoston College (BA, 1966)
Tufts University (PhD, 1971)


Early life and educationEdit

Syron graduated from Boston College with a bachelor's degree and earned advanced degrees in economics from Tufts University.[citation needed]


Paul Volcker and Federal Reserve of BostonEdit

He served as assistant to Paul Volcker, then the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, in 1981 and 1982, and previously served as deputy assistant secretary of the United States Treasury. In that with responsibility for developing the department's position on all domestic economic policy issues, and extensive interaction with other executive branch agencies, Congress and the public.[citation needed]

Syron held a senior post at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston from 1989 through 1994, and was a member of the Federal Reserve Board's Open Market Committee, which sets monetary policy.[citation needed]

American Stock ExchangeEdit

He joined the American Stock Exchange as CEO in 1994 held that post for five years, which included its merger in 1998 into the National Association of Securities Dealers.[citation needed]

Thermo Electron and Freddie MacEdit

Syron joined Thermo Electron as CEO in 1999, and moved to his post at Freddie Mac in 2003.[citation needed] In 2004, David Andrukonis, the chief risk officer of Freddie Mac, warned Syron of increasing risk in Freddie Mac's portfolio. Syron declined to act.[1] In December 2007, Syron told financial analysts that he expected Freddie Mac would incur heavy losses because of the weakening housing market and rising mortgage defaults.[2] Despite these forecasts, and concerns over the fiscal stability of Freddie Mac due to larger-than-expected write-offs, Syron reportedly took home over $19 million in cash, stocks, and other executive compensation in 2007.[3] Syron was terminated September 6, 2008, under a Federal Housing Finance Agency plan for conservatorship of Freddie Mac.[4][5] It was not known at the time if he would receive a severance package.[6]

On December 9, 2008, he testified before the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Capitol Hill regarding Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and financial market instability.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ Duhigg, Charles (2008-08-05). "At Freddie Mac, Chief Discarded Warning Signs". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
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  7. ^ "Committee Holds Hearing on Collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac". December 9, 2008. Archived from the original on November 26, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2008.
  8. ^ "Testimony of Richard Syron (PDF)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 12, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2008.
  9. ^ Alan Zibel (December 9, 2008). "Former Fannie, Freddie Execs to Testify". Associated Press. TIME. Archived from the original on January 4, 2009. Retrieved December 9, 2008.

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