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Mr. Irvin has more than 40 years of experience in financial services and currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for Castle Oak Securities, L.P. prior to joining NexTier. In 2012, Mr. Irvin retired from UBS AG (UBS) where he had been a Managing Director and the Americas’ Head of Diversity and Inclusion since 2002. Before working at UBS, Mr. Irvin served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Imbot.com, from 2000 to 2002 and Blaylock & Partners L.P., from 1998 to 1999. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Irvin spent the prior 20 years working at Salomon Brothers, an entity absorbed by Morgan Stanley through a series of acquisitions. While at Salomon Brothers, Mr. Irvin held numerous positions in fixed income sales and sales management. He was one of the first African-Americans to be named a Managing Director for a “bulge-bracket,” Wall Street firm. Mr. Irvin began his career as a corporate lending officer at Chase Manhattan Bank, currently known as JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Mr. Irvin currently serves on the Wharton Graduate Advisory Board, the Board of the Harlem School of the Arts, and LEAD, a non-profit that unites colleges and universities with corporations to encourage minority high school students to explore careers in business, science, engineering and technology. In 1994, President Clinton appointed Mr. Irvin to the Advisory Committee of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation for which he served as chairman from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Irvin also served on the board of the Harlem School of Arts and the Summit, New Jersey Board of Recreation. A founding member of the Executive Leadership Council, Mr. Irvin currently sits on its Foundation Board. Mr. Irvin also sits on the Board of Governors at the Baltusrol Golf Club and the Summit, New Jersey YMCA.
Mr. Irvin earned a BA degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA degree from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.