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Frank Gustave Zarb
Born (1935-02-17)February 17, 1935
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality USA
Education Hofstra University
Occupation Business, Government
Spouse(s) Patrica Zarb
Children Krista Anne, Frank Junior

Frank Gustave Zarb (born February 17, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York)[1] is an American businessman and former Republican politician. He is perhaps best known as the chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. He is also known for his role as the "Energy Czar" under President Gerald Ford during the 1970s energy crisis.


Early life[]

Frank Zarb was born to Maltese immigrant parents Gustave Zarb and Rosemary (Antinoro) Zarb in Brooklyn, New York. In 1957 he received his Bachelor of Business Administration at Hofstra University, then known as Hofstra College, on Long Island. Following his time in the army, he went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from Hofstra in 1962.[2]

Early corporate service[]

Following a term of service in the army from 1957 to 1958, Frank started at CITGO, then known as Cities Service Oil Co,[3] as a management trainee. Leaving that post in 1962, he became a general partner at Goodbody and Company. In 1969 he became the executive vice president of CBWL-Hayden Stone.[4]

Government service[]

In 1971 Frank went into public service, serving first as Assistant Secretary of Labor (1971–1972), then as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (1973–74). Finally in 1974 he was appointed "Energy Czar" by President Ford, holding dual appointments in the Energy Resources Council and the Federal Energy Administration until 1977.[5]

Later corporate services[]

After leaving the federal government in 1977, Zarb became a senior partner at Lazard (1977–1988), CEO and Chairman of Smith Barney (1988–1993), and group chief executive of Travelers Group (1993–1994).[6] In 1994, he was appointed CEO of insurance brokerage company Alexander & Alexander Services, Inc.[7] and then oversaw that company's sale to Aon Corp. in 1997.[8]

Term at NASD[]

Shortly after crafting the LIPA Purchase of LILCO in 1998 (as the chairman of LIPA) Zarb became the Chairman and CEO of the National Association of Securities DealersFrom 1997 to 2001, (NASD) and head of the NASD's stock exchange, the NASDAQ. Following his retirement from NASD, Zarb became a managing director of Hellman & Friedman,[9] which subsequently acquired a controlling stake in Nasdaq shortly after it was spun off from NASD.


In 2005, Zarb replaced his long-time friend Maurice Hank Greenberg as head of the American International Group, in what Greenberg termed as a "palace coup." At the time, Greenberg was battling charges by then-New York Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, who (along with the SEC) was investigating AIG for potentially engaging in accounting improprieties.[10]

Relationship with Hofstra University[]

In 1974, Hofstra University gave Zarb the Distinguished Scholar award in recognition of his contributions to the University. In 1975 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Hofstra in recognition of his contributions to the University[11] . In 1994, the School of Business at Hofstra was renamed the Frank G. Zarb School of Business in recognition of his service as the Chairman of the University's Board of Trustees.[12] In 2008 the Zarb School alumni association was created in his honor.

Personal life[]

On March 31, 1957, Zarb married Patricia Koster. They had two children, Krista Anne and Frank Junior.[13]


The Stockmarket Handbook, 1969


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  2. "Frank Gustave Zarb". Who's Who on the Web. [2]. Marquis. 
  3. "Frank Gustave Zarb". Who's Who on the Web. [3]. Marquis. 
  4. Frank G. Zarb
  5. [4] NYT Profile
  6. [5] NYT Profile
  7. [6]
  8. [7]
  9. Hellman & Friedman — Team
  10. Monica Langley, "Palace Coup: After a 37-Year Reign at AIG, Chief's Last Tumultuous Days; Faced With Indictment Threat, Directors Move Quickly Against Mr. Greenberg; Hopes Dashed for Soft Landing", Wall St. J., Apr. 1, 2005, at A1.
  11. "Frank Gustave Zarb". Who's Who on the Web. [8]. Marquis. 
  12. [9] FINRA press release
  13. "Frank Gustave Zarb". Who's Who on the Web. [10]. Marquis. 

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