Business executive and board leader Ira D. Hall is retired President and CEO of UCM LLP, a Wall Street investment management firm, as well as retired Treasurer of Texaco Inc. He is a former senior corporate officer of IBM Corp., and was Treasurer of IBM U.S. He began his business career at Hewlett Packard Co. He then became a Wall Street corporate finance investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, then moved on to L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin Inc. as Sr. Vice President. His elections to corporate boards spanned over 25 years and included 9 public and 3 private companies, chairing audit, compensation, finance, investments and strategic planning committees.
Born in 1944 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Hall graduated from Stanford University as Senior Class President with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, later earning a Master of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business while working at Hewlett Packard Co. Before the age of 30, he was appointed to the California Governor’s State Land Use Task Force; named Chair of E. Palo Alto HUD Economic Development Planning Commission; elected to the Stanford University Board of Trustees and to the Distribution Committee of the San Francisco Foundation; and appointed to the Steering Committee of The National Urban Coalition. He won the prestigious National Urban Coalition Service Award before the age of 30 for his role as Founding Executive Director of the Stanford Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition which built hundreds of units of housing for persons of low-moderate income, founded investment companies that invested in minority business (the first MESBIC program), investigated and prosecuted racial discrimination in the rental of housing and advanced education, jobs, and health care in the Mid-Peninsula.
Hall’s governmental public service continued to be extensive: a Presidential Appointee with U.S. Senate confirmation as a Governor of the U.S. Postal Service; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Appointee as Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Thrift Depositor Protection Oversight Board (which included the Treasury Secretary, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Chairman of the Office of Thrift Supervision); and Clinton-Gore Presidential Transition Team appointee as Chair of the Governmental Operations Sub-Committee.
Hall’s leadership in numerous institutions and national/international civic organizations was equally wide-ranging, including: Board Chair of the Executive Leadership Council (also originator and Founding Chair of ELC CEO Diversity Summit); Board and Treasurer of the Jackie Robinson Foundation; and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity- Executive Committee and Grand Finance Committee Chair. For the African African-American Summit Convened biennially by Dr. Leon Sullivan in South Africa (co-hosted by President Nelson Mandela), Ghana, Gabon, Senegal, and Cote D’Ivoire (each co-hosted by the country President) – Hall chaired the business delegation and convened the business component. Hall also served on the Stanford Alumni Executive Board; Dean’s Advisory Council of Stanford Graduate School of Business; and as Founding Chair of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University.
Hall is a Trustee Emeritus of Stanford University. His many local, regional, and national awards include: Stanford Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame; Stanford GSB Black Alumni Tapestry Award; and the Society of Black Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award. He endowed a perpetual 4-year scholarship for a Stanford student and also endowed an annual Stanford award for Outstanding Service Leadership before age 30. Hall previously funded annual Fellowships at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
In 2017, Hall was elected Board Chair of Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center of Miami-Dade County, and received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University.