Daniel L. Doctoroff
|Daniel L. Doctoroff|
Daniel L. Doctoroff in May, 2012
July 11, 1958 |
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard College
University of Chicago Law School
|Occupation||Businessman, Philanthropist, Politician|
|Known for||Deputy Mayor of New York City (2001-2008)
President and CEO of Bloomberg L.P (2008-2014)
|Spouse(s)||Alisa Robbins Doctoroff|
Daniel L. Doctoroff (born July 11, 1958) is an American businessman and civil servant. He is the chief executive officer of Sidewalk Labs, a startup company focused on developing technology focused on city life. Previously, he was the CEO and president of Bloomberg L.P., deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding for the City of New York under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, led New York City's bid for the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, and was a managing partner at Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm.
Personal life and education
Doctoroff was born in Newark, New Jersey to Martin and Allene Doctoroff and grew up in Birmingham, Michigan. He received a B.A. degree from Harvard College in 1980 and a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1984.
After meeting at Harvard during their freshman year, Doctoroff married his wife, Alisa Robbins Doctoroff, in 1981. In 2013, she was appointed the president of the UJA-Federation of New York; previously she served as president of Congregation Or Zarua in Manhattan. The couple has three children and resides in New York City.
In 1994, after attending a World Cup soccer match between Italy and Bulgaria, Doctoroff was inspired to bring such competition to New York City as host of the 2008 Olympic Games. Largely unknown in political, sporting and business circles of New York, Doctoroff connected with political consultant Robert Teeter, under whom Doctoroff worked as a Republican political pollster while he was a student at Harvard. Through Teeter, Doctoroff met with the NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority, New York City Partnership and then-mayor Rudy Giuliani and began to move forward with his plans to bring the Olympics to New York.
Although the U.S. Olympic Committee decided not to pursue a U.S. bid for the 2008 Olympic Games, Doctoroff continued his efforts and formed NYC2012, shifting his focus from the 2008 to the 2012 summer games. The NYC2012 plan called for construction of new stadiums, transportation improvements and environmental clean-up efforts. Although London was ultimately selected to host the 2012 summer games, Doctoroff's Olympic efforts helped catalyze longstanding infrastructure and development projects in New York such as the extension of the No. 7 subway line. As a result of his involvement with NYC2012, Doctoroff was asked to join the Bloomberg administration in late 2001 as deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding.
During his first term as deputy mayor, Doctoroff continued to focus on developing neglected areas of the cities Five-Borough Economic Opportunity Plan. In total, Doctoroff oversaw 289 separate projects and initiatives, including the rezoning of 6,000 city blocks, the creation of 130 million square feet of residential and commercial space, and 2,400 acres of new parks, including the High Line, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governor's Island. He also represented city interests in the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan after the devastation of 9/11.
Doctoroff conceived of and led the team that developed PlaNYC, the 127-point plan that brought together more than 25 City agencies to make New York City more environmentally sustainable. In December 2012, he argued the changes made as a result of PlaNYC helped prevent further damage to the city from Hurricane Sandy, particularly in areas designated as flood zones. One of the 127 points of the plan was the introduction of congestion pricing, which is a system of fees to discourage commuting by car. Supporters, including Doctoroff, anticipated that the fees would help finance mass transit system improvements, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% citywide by 2030 and reduce traffic congestion. A study conducted by the NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority in 2007, however, revealed that subway lines were at capacity and could not accommodate an increase in new riders using the system. Congestion pricing was eventually dismissed by New York state legislators in April 2008, claiming the fee was unfair to middle-class commuters who did not have access to mass transit.
Doctoroff left city politics before the congestion pricing proposal failed and became president of Bloomberg L.P. in February 2008. Under Doctoroff's leadership, Bloomberg L.P. shifted its focus from providing financial information and analysis to its network of Terminal subscribers, to building a news organization targeted to a broader business audience. These efforts included the development of a strategy to increase the readership of Bloomberg.com, the acquisition of BusinessWeek and the creation of new subscription services Bloomberg Government and Bloomberg Law.
According to the New York Times, 85 percent of Bloomberg L.P.’s revenue comes from sales of its terminals, which then helps support the subscription-based news services. The news operation employs 2,300 journalists in 146 bureaus and 72 countries. In an interview with the American Journalism Review, Doctoroff describes a relationship where increasing the news audience helps increase the influence of the terminals and move the company closer to its goal of being “the most influential news organization in the world.”
Under Doctoroff, Bloomberg L.P. surpassed rival Thomson Reuters in market share and started to expand operations in countries with emerging markets, like hedge funds in Korea. In the wake of the Libor scandal, Doctoroff told the European Parliament that Bloomberg LP could develop an alternative index called the Bloomberg Interbank Offered Rate that would address regulators’ concerns.
Doctoroff left Bloomberg L.P. in 2014, with Michael Bloomberg re-assuming the role of CEO.
In February 2013, Doctoroff announced that he was working with Mike Bloomberg and Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein to put together a $25 million donation to support research for finding a cure to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Doctoroff’s father died of ALS in 2002, and his uncle Michael died of ALS in 2010.
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