Ira M. Millstein is a senior partner at the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he practices government regulation and antitrust law.
He now counsels boards on issues of corporate governance. In addition to his active legal practice, Millstein is founding chair of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School.
He is currently Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School, and was formerly the senior associate dean for corporate governance and the Theodore Nierenberg Adjunct Professor of Corporate Governance at the Yale School of Management. Millstein is a life trustee and former chairman of the board of the Central Park Conservancy; chairman emeritus and member of the Board of Overseers of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the American Red Cross of Greater New York. He serves on the Advisory Council of Transparency International.
Among several distinguished positions and roles, Millstein has served as chairman of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Business Sector Advisory Group on Corporate Governance, where he was instrumental in the development of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance; co-chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Improving the Effectiveness of Corporate Audit Committees (sponsored by the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers); and chairman of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Blue Ribbon Commission on Director Professionalism. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Millstein is also a dedicated member of the board of directors of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center. Most recently, Millstein has played a key role in the reform of New York State’s numerous public authorities, including serving at the request of Governors Pataki, Paterson and Cuomo, as chairman of various task forces charged with overseeing successful implementation of the new public authorities’ laws.
Millstein is a graduate of Columbia Law School and holds a B.S. from Columbia School of Engineering.