Former director of J.P. Morgan to speak Jan. 26

Dennis Oakley, retired managing director with the J.P. Morgan financial services firm, will speak at Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Jan. 26, as part of the College of Business speaker series “Insights and Reflections.”

In a talk to begin at 12:30 p.m. in the theater of the A.K. Hinds University Center, Oakley will discuss the causes of the nation’s current economic troubles, including the role played by derivative and securitization products and markets.

Dennis Oakley

Dennis Oakley

Oakley began his career in 1978 at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, a predecessor company of J.P. Morgan. In his career, he served as head of foreign exchange trading and sales in Tokyo, deputy head of the global foreign exchange and derivatives division, and chief operating officer of global credit management, which managed the wholesale and retail credit risk of the firm.

Outside the firm, Oakley has been a director and treasurer of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, and a board member of FxNET Ltd. in the United Kingdom, Multinet International Bank in New York, and Education Through Music, a nonprofit corporation. He received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University, and his master’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University.

Seating for the Jan. 26 talk is limited and will be on a first-come, first-seated basis.

The “Insights and Reflections” series features six presentations throughout the academic year, with speakers covering themes such as secrets to success, formation of critical thought, methods of achievement and similar topics.

For more information, call the College of Business at 828-227-7401.