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Samuel Liss

Samuel Liss

Joined Stern 2014

Leonard N. Stern School of Business




Samuel G. Liss is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Stern Graduate School of Business, teaching courses in Risk & Insurance, Corporate Governance, and Professional Responsibility.

Professor Liss is also the Principal of WhiteGate Partners LLC, an advisory firm to private equity and strategic companies focused on the financial and business services sectors.

He also serves on the Board of Directors of Verisk Analytics Inc., DST Systems, Inc., and Ironshore Insurance Inc.

Professor Liss was formerly Executive Vice President at Travelers Insurance, where he was responsible for corporate strategy, divestitures and acquisitions, as well as the chief executive of one of Travelers' three operating divisions -- Financial, Professional and International Insurance.

Prior to the merger of The St. Paul Companies and Travelers in April 2004, Sam was Executive Vice President responsible for Business development and various finance and oversight roles at The St. Paul.

Sam was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston, serving in a senior investment banking advisory and execution role in CSFB's Financial Institutions Group, including leadership of its asset management industry practice. Prior, Sam was a top ranked equity research analyst covering the finance, brokerage, asset management, insurance and related services sectors. Sam began his career at Salomon Brothers.

Sam earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University. He pursued graduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and received his MBA from New York University.

Courses Taught

  • Corporate Governance (EMBA)
  • Professional Responsibility (COR2-GB3101.30)
  • Risk and Insurance (FINC-UB.0081)

Academic Background

MBA, Finance, 1983
Stern School of Business at New York University

BA, 1978
Wesleyan University

Graduate Studies, Western European Politics and Economics, 1978
London School of Economics and Political Science

Awards & Appointments

Member of the Board UJA Federation 2013
Member of the Board DST Systems, Inc. 2012
Member of the President's Advisory Council Wesleyan University 2012
Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee Verisk Analytics, Inc. 2005
Member of the Board Nuveen Investment, Inc. 2004