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Brian Moynihan

Brian Moynihan
Moynihan at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, January 2010
Born Brian Thomas Moynihan
(1959-10-09) October 9, 1959
Marietta, Ohio, U.S.[1]
Residence Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S
Alma mater Brown University
University of Notre Dame (J.D.)
Occupation Chairman/CEO, Bank of America
Salary $13,139,400 (FY2010 total compensation)[2]
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Susan E. Berry
Children 3[1]

Brian Thomas Moynihan (born October 9, 1959) is an American lawyer, businessman and the Chairman and CEO of Bank of America. He also joined the Board of Directors, following his promotion to President and CEO.[3][4][5]

Early life and education

Moynihan was born in Marietta, Ohio in 1959,[1] the sixth of eight siblings in a Roman Catholic family of Irish descent.[6][7]

Moynihan graduated from Brown University in 1981, where he majored in history, co-captained the rugby team, and met his future wife, classmate Susan E. Berry.[8][9] He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School,[10] before returning to Providence, Rhode Island to join Edwards & Angell LLP, the city’s largest corporate law firm.[9]


Moynihan held numerous banking positions before becoming president of consumer and small business banking at Bank of America in January 2009.[11]

He joined Fleet Boston in April 1993 as a deputy general counsel.[10] From 1999 to April 2004, he served as executive vice president, managing Fleet's brokerage and wealth management division. After Bank of America (BoA) merged with FleetBoston Financial in 2004, he joined BoA as president of global wealth and investment management.[12] He was named CEO of Merrill Lynch after its sale to BoA in September 2008, and became the CEO of Bank of America after Ken Lewis stepped down in 2010.[11]

On August 25, 2011, CNBC's Drew Sandholm noted that "[d]espite having recently told investors Bank of America ... doesn't need to raise capital, CEO Brian Moynihan will accept $5 billion in capital from famed investor Warren Buffett. The deal not only surprised the Fast Money traders on Thursday, it also caused them to question Moynihan's credibility."[13]

On September 12, 2011, CNBC's John Carney noted that Moynihan had "once again laid out his company's plan to meet regulatory capital requirements and denied that the bank will have to issue new stock to raise capital ... [Moynihan] says that Warren Buffett's $5 billion counts as Tier 1 Capital. But the markets have largely ignored the investment, most likely because it looks a lot more like debt than capital."[14]

On October 26, 2011, [15]

On December 27, 2011, Julia LaRoche wrote in Business Insider that Moynihan "admitted the proposed $5 monthly fee for debit card users wasn't the best idea". She quoted him as saying: "We struck a chord with customers that no one anticipated. We learned our lesson and stopped it."[16] It was later reported that the failed fee plan led to a 20% increase in account closures during the last three months of 2011.[17] In late January 2012, Moynihan stated:
"What we need to do is to continue to fine-tune the company, give capital ratios where people understood that we had the capital we knew we had. And then they saw that and that’s why you saw some response in the stock....The core issue now is to drive the core earnings, and we’ve got to get the costs down in the company, which we’re working on. And then as the economy continues to move along, even at the 2 percent growth level, we'll start to materialize more and more earnings, and that's what we need to do."

Business Insider noted that "a group of law professors and activists from a non-profit called Public Citizen sent a 24 page petition to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Geithner asking them to consider breaking up and reforming Bank of America."[18]


The bank's shareholder meeting was held in Charlotte, North Carolina "as protests swirled inside and outside", according to the San Francisco Chronicle. There were complaints from shareholders regarding the bank's mortgage servicing operations, decreased share prices, and other issues. Protesters converged outside the building, which they were barred from entering by police and metal barricades. In response to the criticisms of the bank's mortgage servicing operations, Moynihan tried to reassure the audience, saying "you can call us and we will figure it out".[19]


  1. ^ a b c "A look at Bank of America's new CEO Brian Moynihan". Press. December 16, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ "BoA compensation". Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ Augstums, Ieva M. (2009-12-16). "Bank of America names Brian Moynihan as new CEO". Associated Press. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bank of America Board of Directors Elects Brian Moynihan CEO". Bank of America. December 16, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
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  6. ^ Esterl, Mike (2010-01-26). "After Quake, a Lesson in Persistence". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
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  8. ^ "Brown Rugby Field Dedication". 2009 Brown University, Brown Rugby Team. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Wallack, Todd (November 17, 2009). "Moynihan, in running for Bank of America’s top job, has experience winning tough fights". The Boston Globe. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Bank of America Names Brian Moynihan General Counsel". Bank of America. December 10, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "Brian T. Moynihan". Forbes. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ Grocer, Stephen (October 22, 2009). "Know Your BofA CEO Candidate: Brian Moynihan". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  13. ^ Drew Sandholm (August 25, 2011). "Is Brian Moynihan's Credibility Hurt By Warren Buffett Deal?url=". CNBC. 
  14. ^ John Carney (September 12, 2011). "Bank of America Continues to Ignore Market View of Risk". CNBC. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  15. ^ Jillian Berman (2011-10-26). "BofA CEO Brian Moynihan 'Incensed' People Don't Recognize 'How Much Good' His Employees Do". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  16. ^ Julia La Roche. "Brian Moynihan: We Didn't Think BofA Customers Would Be Ticked Off With The $5 Debit Card Fee". Business Insider. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  17. ^ Susanna Kim, Matt Gutman (January 23, 2012). "BofA Debit Fee Plan Led to 20% Jump in Closed Accounts". ABC News. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  18. ^ Linette Lopez (January 25, 2012). "No Matter What Brian Moynihan Says, People Are Still Calling For Bank Of America's Break-Up". Business Insider. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  19. ^ Hugh Son (May 9, 2012). "BofA Chief Moynihan Faces Shareholder Ire as Protests Swirl". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
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Preceded by
Ken Lewis
Bank of America CEO
Succeeded by
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