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Benjamin H. Griswold, IV

Benjamin Griswold - WPC Board of Directors
  • Non-Executive Chairman of the Board
    Chairman of the Executive Committee
    Board Member

Mr. Griswold was elected Non-Executive Chairman of the Board in 2012 and Chairman of the Executive Committee in 2014. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2006 and served as Lead Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee. He is Partner and Chairman of Brown Advisory, a Baltimore-based firm providing asset management and strategic advisory services in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to joining Brown Advisory as Senior Partner in March 2005, Mr. Griswold had served as Senior Chairman of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. He had served as Senior Chairman of Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, the predecessor of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. since the acquisition of Bankers Trust by Deutsche Bank in 1999.


Mr. Griswold began his career at Alex. Brown & Sons in 1967 and became a partner of the firm in 1972. He headed the company’s research department, equity trading, and equity divisions prior to being elected Vice Chairman of the Board and Director in 1984, and Chairman of the Board in 1987. Upon the acquisition of Alex. Brown by Bankers Trust New York Corporation in 1997, he became Senior Chairman of BT Alex. Brown.


Mr. Griswold is a member of the boards of Black & Decker, Baltimore Life Insurance and Flowers Foods. A former director of the New York Stock Exchange, he is active in civic affairs in the Baltimore area and serves on the board of Johns Hopkins University and heads the Endowment Board of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.