H. Robert Heller


Professional Bio

H. Robert Heller, a former Governor of the Federal Reserve System and President of VISA U.S.A., has had a distinguished career in business, government and education. After obtaining his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, he began his career as a professor of economics at UCLA.

He then became Chief of the Financial Studies Division of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. After that, he joined Bank of America in San Francisco as Senior Vice President and Director of International Economic Research.

Mr. Heller was appointed by President Reagan as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

At the Federal Reserve he served as the Administrative Governor with responsibility for the overall management of the Federal Reserve Board.

He also served as Chairman of the Committee on Bank Supervision and Regulation, as Vice-Chairman of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, and as the U.S. delegate to the Economic Policy Council of the OECD in Paris.

Returning to the private sector, he joined VISA International as Executive Vice President for Finance, Risk Management, Audit and Security.

Two years later, he was elected President and CEO of VISA USA., with overall responsibility for the nation’s largest retail card payments system.

Under his leadership VISA acquired the PLUS and INTERLINK systems.

Most recently, he was a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Vice President of the Fair Isaac Corporation (FIC), the world’s leading credit analysis firm.

He also served as as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Marin General Hospital.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Sonic Automotive Inc. (NYSE), Bank of Marin (NASDAQ) and the Eton Corporation.

He also serves on the Advisory Board of PAX Scientific.

He has published seven books and hundreds of articles and is a frequent guest commentator on CNBC and Bloomberg.

He also serves currently as the Commodore of The San Francisco Yacht Club.

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