Alan H. Fishman

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Alan H. Fishman (born 16 March 1946 [1]) was the last CEO of Washington Mutual (WaMu) for 17 days before its banking assets were seized by federal regulators on September 25, 2008 in the largest bank failure in American history. WaMu's banking operations were sold to JPMorgan Chase for $1.836 billion, while the remainder of WaMu declared bankruptcy the next day.

Fishman joined WaMu on 8 September 2008, replacing outgoing CEO Kerry Killinger as part of that bank's restructuring in the face of the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008.[2]

According to C-Span on 26 September 2008, Alan H. Fishman was ultimately paid $19 million for three weeks of being with Washington Mutual, including severance pay.[3] Meanwhile, the company's stock price dwindled to only pennies after trading as high as $45 a share in 2007. The previous CEO was paid $14 million for one year on the job.

Fishman holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master's degree in economics from Columbia University. He was previously president and chief operating officer of Sovereign Bank and president and chief executive officer of Independence Community Bank. He has served as chairman of Meridian Capital Group (beginning in 2007), one of the nation's largest commercial mortgage brokerage firms. He has been a private equity investor, focusing on financial services at Neuberger & Berman, Adler & Shaykin and at his own firm Columbia Financial Partners. In addition, he held senior executive positions at Chemical Bank and ContiFinancial Corporation. [4]

Mr. Fishman was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Brooklyn Academy of Music, on which he served for nearly thirty years, until January 2017.[5]


  1. ^ "Biography of Alan Fishman". Marquis Who's Who. Retrieved 2008-12-29. [dead link]
  2. ^ "WaMu replaces CEO, signs agreement with regulator". Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  3. ^ "WaMu Gives New CEO Mega Payout as Bank Fails". FOX. 2008-09-26. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  4. ^ "Previous employments in other endangered banks". Forbes. 2008-09-17. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  5. ^ Brooklyn Academy of Music. "BAM announces Adam E. Max as Chairman of the Board of Trustees" (PDF). Brooklyn Academy of Music press release. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 

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