Thomas A. Renyi

BA ‘67, MBA ‘68

Retired Executive Chairman; The Bank of New York Mellon


Thomas A. Renyi served as Chairman of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and its predecessor institution, The Bank of New York Company, Inc., during more than a decade of unprecedented growth and transformation.

At the time of his retirement in July 2008, he was Executive Chairman of The Bank of New York Mellon, overseeing the global integration of the people, technology, and capabilities of two major organizations, The Bank of New York and Mellon Financial, which merged in July 2007. Prior to the merger, Mr. Renyi served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for The Bank of New York, which traces its roots to 1784 and was the first company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Renyi followed a line of leaders that began with the bank’s founder, Alexander Hamilton.

Mr. Renyi’s career at the bank began in 1971 and spanned almost four decades. In 1989, he headed the transition team responsible for integrating the Irving Trust Company into The Bank of New York. It was the largest merger in the U.S. banking industry at the time. In 1992, Mr. Renyi was named President of The Bank of New York and elected to its Board of Directors. In 1997, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and the following year was elected Chairman of the Board. During his 10 years as CEO, he successfully led The Bank of New York’s transformation from a traditional commercial bank to a global leader in securities servicing. He accelerated the bank’s strategic evolution through more than 80 acquisitions.

Mr. Renyi graduated from Rutgers College in 1967 with a B.A. in Business Administration and earned an M.B.A. in 1968 from Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, then known as the Graduate School of Management. He served as a first lieutenant in military intelligence with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

Mr. Renyi is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Rutgers University Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of Public Service Enterprise Group and Risk Metrics. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the boards of trustees of the Healthcare Chaplaincy and the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.

Recognized: May 10, 2001