Richard B. Handler, MBA '87
Chief Executive Officer
Leucadia National Corporation
Richard Handler is CEO of Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE:LUK) and one of its directors. He has been chairman of Jefferies Group since February 2002 and CEO since January 2001. Mr. Handler also has served as CEO of Jefferies & Company, the firm’s principal operating subsidiary, since January 2001, as president of Jefferies since May 2006, and as co-president and co-coo of both companies during 2000. Mr. Handler was first elected to the board in May 1998.
Previously, Mr. Handler was managing director of high-yield capital markets at Jefferies from May 1993 until February 2000, after cofounding that group as an EVP in April 1990. He also has been the president and CEO of the Jefferies Partners Opportunity family of funds and is CEO of their successor entities, Jefferies High Yield Trading llc and Jefferies High Yield Holdings LLC.
Mr. Handler is chairman and CEO of the Handler Family Foundation, a nonprofit foundation working primarily with underprivileged children.
Mr. Handler received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1987 and a BA in economics from the University of Rochester in 1983. He serves on the board of trustees of the University of Rochester and is chairman of the school’s finance committee.