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John A. Allison

President and CEO, Cato Institute
John Allison

John Allison is the President and CEO of the Cato Institute. Prior to joining Cato, Allison was Chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation, the 10th-largest financial services holding company headquartered in the United States. During his tenure as CEO from 1989 to 2008, BB&T grew from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets. He was recognized by the Harvard Business Review as one of the top 100 most successful CEOs in the world over the last decade.

Allison has received the Corning Award for Distinguished Leadership, been inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Banker. He is the author of The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism is the World Economy’s Only Hope. In addition, he is a former Distinguished Professor of Practice at Wake Forest University School of Business, and serves on the Board of Visitors at the business schools at Wake Forest, Duke, and UNC–Chapel Hill.

Allison is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He received his master’s degree in management from Duke University, and is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Mr. Allison is the recipient of six honorary doctorate degrees.


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Publications and Multimedia
14th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: A Conversation with John A. Allison
Engage Volume 14, Issue 2 July 2013
November 05, 2013
The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure - Podcast
Financial Service & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
March 04, 2013
The U.S. Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences - Event Audio/Video
2011 Annual Student Symposium
February 26, 2011
Re-Privatization of the Financial Sector - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention
November 13, 2009