Richard C. Breeden
|Richard C. Breeden|
|24th Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission|
October 1989 – July 1993
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||David Sturtevant Ruder|
|Succeeded by||Arthur Levitt|
|Born||December 6, 1949
Levittown, New York
Linda H. Breeden
|Alma mater||Stanford University (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Early career 
Breeden began his career practicing corporate and securities law in New York City. During the administrations of Presidents Reagan, Bush (I) and Clinton, he held a series of government posts, including assistant to the President for issue analysis under President George H. W. Bush.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 
- changing US proxy rules to create "short slate" proxy contests;
- changing the rules to allow institutional investors to discuss performance problems at companies;
- creating the "compensation discussion and analysis" section of the proxy;
- requiring graphical presentations of share performance;
- requiring disclosure of equity grants and valuation for the first time;
- requiring listing of the names of compensation committee members;
- broadening the scope for permissible shareholder resolutions in areas relating to compensation and governance.
For more than a decade prior to launching Breeden Partners, Breeden and his consulting firm Richard C. Breeden & Co. LLC served as advisors to companies engaged in restructurings or turnarounds of distress situations. Many of these companies experienced fraud, compliance problems or serious governance abuses, as well as prolonged performance difficulties. For example, Mr. Breeden led the turnaround of WorldCom, Inc., and he has served as the monitor of the accounting firm KPMG in its successful recovery from criminal activities involving abusive tax shelters. Prior to forming his own firm Mr. Breeden served as chairman of the worldwide financial services practice of Coopers & Lybrand.
Mr. Breeden was also highly involved with S.E.C. investigation of Hollinger International and Conrad Black in which Black was convicted in Illinois to serve 78 months in prison and pay $6.1 million to Hollinger and a fine of $125,000. Mr. Breeden is one of the named parties in a $872 million dollar libel suit in Canada initiated by Conrad Black after the conviction.
Breeden served as non-executive Chairman of the Board of H&R Block, following a successful proxy contest in 2007 to 2011. He also serves as a director of Zale Corporation and STERIS Corp. and has previously served as a director of BBVA, SA, one of the 20 largest banks in the world. Mr. Breeden has served on approximately 15 corporate or advisory boards during his career.
In 2006 Breeden foundeed Breeden Partners which he is Chairman of, and its manager Breeden Capital Management. Breeden is the founding partner of Breeden Partners Europe, which was launched in December, 2008.
Breeden was the oldest of three children and grew up in Manhattan Beach, California. He graduated from Stanford University in 1972 and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1975. He currently lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his 2nd wife, Linda H. Breeden. Breeden is the father of five sons.
- David Mildenberg and Yalman Onaran (November 20, 2007). "H&R Block's Mark Ernst Quits, Breeden Named Chairman". Bloomberg. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
- Nathaniel C. Nash (May 10, 1989). "Administration Lobbies for its Savings Plan". The New York Times. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
- "SEC Historical Summary of Chairman and Commissioners". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
- Fabrikant, Geraldine (September 1, 2004). "Hollinger Files Stinging Report on Ex-Officials". The New York Times.
- Doom, Justin (2007-09-06). "H&R Block Chairman Breeden Stepping Down to Focus on Hedge Fund". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2011-03-18.
David Sturtevant Ruder
|Securities and Exchange Commission Chair
1989 – 1993