MIT Sloan Alumna Judy Lewent on the future of finance

MIT Sloan Alumna Judy Lewent

Recently MIT Sloan alumna Judy Lewent was inducted into the Financial Executives International Hall of Fame. A former executive vice president and chief financial officer of Merck, Lewent was recognized for her performance, leadership and integrity as a financial professional who has made significant contributions to the betterment of her organization and profession. The following is an excerpt of her remarks at the event:

“It is a momentous time for finance. As the global economy teeters on the brink, much of the world stands by holding its collective breath. This is, no doubt, a time of great anxiety. That anxiety is shared, not just by 50% of the public or 75% or even 99%. Everyone shares it.

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Is the financial system too complex for the country’s good?

Did it all just get too complicated? And if so, how do we deal with it?

It’s the economy, but this isn’t stupid. Quite the opposite when two Nobel laureates—Robert Merton, MIT PhD ’70, and Institute Professor Emeritus Robert Solow—argued different approaches to making sure what happened to the U.S. financial markets in 2008 doesn’t happen again.

Dean Emeritus and Howard W. Johnson Professor of Management Richard Schmalensee moderated the talk, held this afternoon at MIT Sloan’s Building the Future event.

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