Jeffrey M. Solomon

Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Cowen Inc.

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Mr. Solomon is Cowen’s Chair and Chief Executive Officer.  Previously, he was President of Cowen, after serving as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Investment Banking. He joined Cowen Investment Management (formerly known as Ramius) when it was founded in 1994 and was the co-portfolio manager responsible for the development, management and oversight of its multi-strategy investment portfolio.

Earlier in his career, he held positions at Republic New York Securities Corp. (now part of the HSBC Group) and Shearson Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Solomon is also Vice Chairman and an inaugural member of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee which provides advice and recommendations on Commission rules, regulations and policy matters related to small businesses, including smaller public companies. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Securities Association. Previously, He was a member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, an independent and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) research organization dedicated to improving the regulation of U.S. capital markets. He was also the co-chair of the Equity Capital Formation Task Force, a group of individuals from across the country’s startup and small-capitalization company ecosystems advocating for market structure reform to encourage job creation and growth. He has testified before the United States Congress on matters relating to capital formation and market structure and was influential in advising members of Congress on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which became law in 2012.

Mr. Solomon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for NYC. He also serves on the UJA-Federation of New York Board of Directors and is the Co-Chair of the King David Society.  In 2016, he received the prestigious Alan C. Greenberg Young Leadership Award from the Wall Street Division of UJA-Federation. 

He is also on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Jewish Camp and is the Chair of Lost Tribe eSports, a startup gaming network for Jewish teens.  He and his wife are co-chairs of the Tree of Life synagogue’s Remember, Rebuild and Renew campaign.  He formerly served on the Boards of NuGo Nutrition, the manufacturer of NuGo Nutrition Bars; Carnegie Innovations, an education technology venture holding company affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University; and Tollgrade Communications.

Mr. Solomon has appeared on a regular basis on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and was the special guest on The Capital Allocators podcast episodes, Vision, Tenacity and Empathy and Grief and Good in Squirrel Hill.

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 with a BA in Economics.

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