Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Howard W. Lutnick is Chairman & CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald L.P., one of the world’s leading financial services firms, and Chairman & CEO of BGC Partners Inc., a leading global brokerage and financial technology company. More details about his role at BGC Partners can be read here.
Mr. Lutnick guided the rebuilding of Cantor Fitzgerald following the devastating September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks that claimed the lives of 658 of the firm’s 960 New York-based employees. Since then, Cantor has provided over $192 million to help the families of the firm’s employees who were lost on that day. Cantor and its affiliates now have over 12,000 employees globally.
Since 9/11, Mr. Lutnick has been recognized as a symbol of resilience and his story has been widely covered by top financial publications. Mr. Lutnick was named the Financial Times Person of the Year in 2001 and Ernst & Young’s United States Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010; additional media highlights include stories published by The New York Times: “From Devastation to Determination at Cantor Fitzgerald,” on September 10, 2002, and “The Survivor Who Saw the Future for Cantor Fitzgerald,” on September 3, 2011.
Mr. Lutnick graduated from Haverford College in 1983 with a degree in economics and joined Cantor Fitzgerald the same year. Mr. Lutnick is a member of the Board of Directors of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Board of Directors of the Partnership for New York City, the Board of Directors of the Horace Mann School, and the Board of Overseers of The Hoover Institution. Mr. Lutnick received the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest honor granted by the Navy to non-military personnel. He also was the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award at Haverford. In 2017, Mr. Lutnick was honored by the UJA-Federation with the Gustave L. Levy Award for his generosity and commitment to philanthropy. Mr. Lutnick and his wife Allison have four children.