Donald H. Layton is chief executive officer of Freddie Mac, a publicly traded company that is one of the largest sources of mortgage financing in the United States and a leader in the nation’s effort to ensure responsible access to mortgage credit for working families and also to finance workforce rental housing.
Layton has over 41 years of experience in financial services and as a corporate leader. He worked for nearly 30 years at JPMorgan Chase and its predecessors, starting as a trainee and rising to vice chairman and member of the three-person Office of the Chairman, retiring in 2004. More recently, from 2007 to 2009 he served as chairman and then CEO of E*TRADE Financial, which he shepherded through the financial crisis. Additionally, Layton has been a member of the boards of several financial services firms and was a senior adviser to an industry association.
In his career at JPMorgan Chase, Layton’s responsibilities spanned capital markets and investment banking, consumer banking, and operating services. From 2002 to 2004, he was responsible for Chase Financial Services, the consumer and middle market business, which included the fourth largest mortgage firm in the U.S. He was co-chief executive officer of J.P. Morgan, the investment bank of the company, from 2000 to 2002 and oversaw its entire range of global activities. Prior to the merger of Chase Manhattan and J.P. Morgan in 2000, Layton was responsible for Chase’s worldwide capital markets and trading activities, including foreign exchange, risk management products, emerging markets, fixed income, and the bank’s investment portfolio and funding department. As well, he was responsible for Treasury & Securities Services, the operating services unit of the company, from 1999 through 2004.
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