Leading economic advisor brings a unique perspective on the global economy
MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 27, 2016 – Protiviti (www.protiviti.com), a global consulting firm, announces that Diane Swonk is joining its advisory board. Swonk is the fourth member of the board, which assists Protiviti’s clients in navigating the changing economic and regulatory business environment.
Swonk serves as an adviser to the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and its regional Reserve Banks; she has also periodically advised the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) for the White House on a nonpartisan basis. She is a distinguished fellow and past president of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), a title she shares with several former Federal Reserve officials. Swonk is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Chicago Council.
“Protiviti’s Advisory Board is designed to support our firm as we enhance our clients’ ability to face the future with confidence in a way that’s both nimble and prudent for their business,” said Joseph Tarantino, Protiviti president and CEO. “We’re pleased to welcome Diane Swonk, who brings a new perspective plus global economic experience to our board and further strengthens and complements the existing skills of our team.”
Swonk joins current Protiviti Advisory Board members Dirk Kempthorne, president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, U.S. senator and governor of Idaho; Frances Townsend, former Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and former chair of the Homeland Security Council; and Evelyn Dilsaver, the former president and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management.
"Structural changes in the global economy are shifting the ground we stand on. Business leaders need to think critically about how to navigate the new terrain and map their course for the longer term,” said Diane Swonk. “I’m delighted to join the Protiviti Advisory Board and look forward to working alongside the other board members as we continue to enhance Protiviti’s client experience.”
In 2016, Swonk founded DS Economics after more than 30 years in the financial services industry. Previously, she served as the Chief Economist for more than a decade with Mesirow Financial and before that, as the Director of Economics/Chief Economist for Bank One Corporation and its corporate predecessors beginning with First Chicago. Throughout her career, Swonk’s clients have included Fortune 500 CEOs and institutional investors, major manufacturers and retailers. Her close work with individual firms to mitigate economic risk has given her a unique perspective on the inner workings of the global economy. Her commentary can regularly be seen in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, on CNBC and the BBC, and heard on NPR and Bloomberg radio.
Swonk is a strong supporter of education. She serves on the board for the Posse Foundation in Chicago, an organization devoted to broadening access to higher education. She also sits on the NABE Foundation board, which offers scholarships in economics studies.