Maurice R. "Hank" Greenberg is an entrepreneur, business executive and Chairman and CEO of C. V. Starr and Co., Inc. He is the former chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG) which, under his leadership, became the largest insurance company in the world.
He joined C. V. Starr as vice president in 1960 and was given the additional responsibilities of president of American Home Assurance Co. in 1962. He was elected director of C. V. Starr in 1965, president and chief executive in 1968 and chairman and chief executive in 2005. Mr. Greenberg retired as chairman and chief executive of American International Group Inc. in March 2005, after four decades of leadership that created the largest insurance conglomerate in history and generated unprecedented value for the shareholders.
Mr. Greenberg has a long history of involvement in China and currently serves on the International Business Leaders' Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai, Han Zheng.
In 1994, Mr. Greenberg was appointed senior economic advisor to the Beijing Municipal Government. He was awarded "Honorary Citizenship of Shanghai" in 1997 and the "Marco Polo Award" in 2005.
In addition, Mr. Greenberg is a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Development Bank, a member of the Council of International Advisors of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and a member of the US-China Business Council. In 2014, he was named the most connected business executive in New York by Crain's New York Business.
Mr. Greenberg is the former chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the largest Federal Reserve Bank in the U.S. Federal Reserve System, and is a former director of the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Greenberg is honorary vice chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, former chairman and current member of U.S. Korea Business Council and former chairman of the Asia Society. He is the founding chairman of the U.S.-Philippine Business Committee and vice chairman of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council. Mr. Greenberg is also chairman of the Starr Foundation in the U.S., which provides major financial support to institutions worldwide, in the areas of education, scholarship assistance, medical research and healthcare, human needs, culture and public policy.
He served in the U. S. Army in Europe during World War II and in
the Korean conflict, rising to the rank of Captain. In 2014, Mr.
Greenberg was also awarded the French Ordre National de la Légion
d’Honneur for his service during World War II. He is also the
recipient of The Bronze Star Medal from the United States.
Mr. Greenberg received his pre-law certificate from the University of Miami and an L.L.B. from New York Law School in 1950. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1953. He has been granted honorary degrees from a number of institutions, including New York Law School, Brown University and Middlebury College.