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diplomat , manager , politician , Member of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission

Richard C. Breeden, American investment company executive, former federal agency administrator. Named one of 100 Most Influential Lawyers, National Law Journal, 2006.


Breeden, Richard C. was born on December 6, 1949.


Bachelor, Stanford University, 1972. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1975.


Breeden began his career practicing corporate and securities law in New York City. During the administrations of Presidents Reagan, Bush (I) and Clinton, he held a series of government posts, including assistant to the President for issue analysis under President George H. W. Bush. From 1989 to 1993, Breeden served as Chairman of the During his tenure, Breeden's actions included:changing US proxy rules to create "short slate" proxy contests;changing the rules to allow institutional investors to discuss performance problems at companies;creating the "compensation discussion and analysis" section of the proxy;requiring graphical presentations of share performance;requiring disclosure of equity grants and valuation for the first time;requiring listing of the names of compensation committee members;broadening the scope for permissible shareholder resolutions in areas relating to compensation and governance.

Many of these companies experienced fraud, compliance problems or serious governance abuses, as well as prolonged performance difficulties. For example, Mr. Breeden led the turnaround of WorldCom, Inc., and he has served as the monitor of the accounting firm KPMG in its successful recovery from criminal activities involving abusive tax shelters. Prior to forming his own firm Mr.

Breeden served as chairman of the worldwide financial services practice of Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Breeden was also highly involved with S.E.C. investigation of Hollinger International and Conrad Black in which Black was convicted in Illinois to serve 78 months in prison and pay $6.1 million to Hollinger and a fine of $125,000. Mr. Breeden is one of the named parties in a $872 million libel suit in Canada initiated by Conrad Black after the conviction.

Breeden served as non-executive Chairman of the Board of H&R Block, following a successful proxy contest in 2007 to 2011. He also serves as a director of Zale Corporation and STERIS Corp. and has previously served as a director of BBVA, SA, one of the 20 largest banks in the world. Mr. Breeden has served on approximately 15 corporate or advisory boards during his career.

In 2006 Breeden founded Breeden Partners which he is Chairman of, and its manager Breeden Capital Management. Breeden was the oldest of three children and grew up in Manhattan Beach, California. He graduated B.A. from Stanford University in 1972 and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1975.

Breeden is the father of five sons.


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    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Married Linda Breeden. 5 children.

Linda Breeden