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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 currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee, having previously served as Lead Director from July 2010 to January 2012. Mr. Griswold is a partner and Chairman of Brown Advisory Inc., a Baltimore-based firm providing asset management and strategic advisory services in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining Brown Advisory in March 2005, Mr. Griswold served as Senior Chairman of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., having 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 division prior to being elected Vice Chairman of the Board and Director in 1984 and became 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 currently a member of the board of Flowers Foods. A former Director of the New York Stock Exchange, he is active in civic affairs in the Baltimore area and serves as an Emeritus Trustee of Johns Hopkins University, and he heads the endowment board of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. His board experience and his past experience as a director of the New York Stock Exchange give him a detailed understanding of corporate governance in general and audit, compensation, governance, and finance committee functions in particular.