Chief Executive Officer
Simon Lewis was appointed chief executive officer of GFMA in January 2012 and chief executive of AFME in October 2010. Previously, he was Director of Communications and the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman at 10 Downing Street. He has held a number of senior corporate roles, including Director of Corporate Affairs at Vodafone, Centrica, and NatWest. He was appointed as the first Communications Secretary to The Queen in 1998.
He is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, from which he has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He also holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley as a Fulbright Scholar. He is a visiting professor at the Cardiff School of Journalism. Simon is Chairman of the Fulbright Commission and a member of the Development Council of the National Portrait Gallery.
Interim Executive Director
David Strongin was appointed interim executive director of GFMA in June 2013. David has been at SIFMA, and previously SIA, for 31 years.
In his role at SIFMA, David helped coordinate GFMA’s regional partners - AFME, ASIFMA and SIFMA. And, he jointly led the Association’s efforts in developing a global Legal Entity Identifier platform. He has also served as SIFMA’s international liaison, responsible for the Cross-Border Policy and Advocacy Committee, and the Cross-Border Wealth Management Group.
He is a member of the Financial Services Group, a U.S. private sector advisory committee representing U.S. financial services firms, is a member of the Financial Leaders Working Group, and is a member of a trans-Atlantic coalition working group on convergence of the US and EU transatlantic capital markets. He also is a delegate to the International Councils of Securities Associations (ICSA).