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More than 170 business leaders sign letter urging Congress to accept Biden’s win

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More than 170 prominent business leaders signed a letter urging Congress to accept the Electoral College results that declared Joe Biden as the next President of the United States.



a bridge over a body of water: The U.S. Capitol at dawn in Washington D.C., U.S. on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. The non-stop drama of 2020 is bleeding into the first week of the new year, with a pivotal election in Georgia, promises of protests in the streets and President Trump's dragged-out fight over the November vote threatening to tear apart the Republican Party. Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images


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The U.S. Capitol at dawn in Washington D.C., U.S. on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. The non-stop drama of 2020 is bleeding into the first week of the new year, with a pivotal election in Georgia, promises of protests in the streets and President Trump’s dragged-out fight over the November vote threatening to tear apart the Republican Party. Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

“This presidential election has been decided and it is time for the country to move forward,” the letter reads. “President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have won … There should be no further delay in the orderly transfer of power.”

The letter was published Monday by the nonprofit Partnership for New York City, a major advocacy group for the business community.

The group’s CEO, Kathryn Wylde, says that in addition to the initial signatories, other business leaders have requested to sign on to the letter.

In addition to the letter, the Business Roundtable — a group of executives that run the largest corporations in America — said in a statement that it “opposes efforts to delay or overturn the clear outcome of the election.”

On Wednesday, Congress is set to meet to certify the election results in what is normally a routine process. But at least 140 House Republicans and a dozen Senate Republicans are preparing to vote against Biden’s victory in a push to overturn the election results, despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

The letter includes signatures from dozens of CEOs, founders and other leaders across multiple industries:

  • Lee S. Ainslie, III, Managing Partner, Maverick Capital
  • Ellen Alemany, Chairman & CEO, CIT Group Inc.
  • Simon Allen, Chief Executive Officer, McGraw-Hill Education, Inc.
  • Jeffrey H. Aronson, Managing Principal, Centerbridge Partners
  • Ajay Banga, Executive Chairman, Mastercard
  • Neil Barr, Managing Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Erin Barringer, Director, Dalberg Americas
  • Candace K. Beinecke, Senior Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
  • Charles R. Bendit, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Taconic Investment Partners LLC
  • Stephen Berger, Chairman, Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC
  • William H. Berkman, Co-Chairman & CEO, Radius Global Infrastructure, Inc.
  • Seth Bernstein, President & CEO, AB
  • David Beveridge, Senior Partner, Shearman & Sterling, LLP
  • Michael W. Blair, Presiding Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Jeff T. Blau, Chief Executive Officer, The Related Companies, L.P.
  • Kathy Bloomgarden, Chief Executive Officer, Ruder Finn, Inc.
  • Adam M. Blumenthal, Managing Partner, Blue Wolf Capital Partners
  • Neil Blumenthal, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Warby Parker
  • John Borthwick, Founder & CEO, Betaworks
  • Albert Bourla, Chairman & CEO, Pfizer Inc.
  • John Bruckner, President, NY, National Grid
  • Ari Buchalter, President & CEO, Intersection
  • Martin S. Burger, Chief Executive Officer, Silverstein Properties, Inc.
  • Donald A. Capoccia, Principal, BFC Partners
  • Richard M. Cashin, Managing Partner, One Equity Partners
  • Timothy Cawley, President & CEO, Con Edison, Inc.
  • Rodgin Cohen, Senior Chairman, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Anthony R. Coscia, Partner and Executive Committee Member, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP
  • Cromwell Coulson, President & CEO, OTC Markets Group
  • Todd C. DeGarmo, Chief Executive Officer, STUDIOS Architecture
  • Toby Dodd, President, New York Tri-State, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
  • William R. Dougherty, Chairman, Executive Committee, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Brian Duperreault, Chief Executive Officer, American International Group, Inc.
  • Douglas Durst, Chairman, Durst Organization Inc.
  • Richard Edelman, President & CEO, Edelman
  • Scott A. Edelman, Chairman, Milbank LLP
  • Blair W. Effron, Co-Founder, Centerview Partners
  • Joel S. Ehrenkranz, Partner and Co-Founder, Ehrenkranz Partners L.P.
  • Douglas F. Eisenberg, Founder and CEO, A&E Real Estate, LLC
  • Catherine Engelbert, Commissioner, WNBA
  • Alexander Farman-Farmaian, Vice Chairman, Portfolio Manager, Edgewood Management LLC
  • Rob Fauber, President & Chief Executive Officer, Moody’s Corporation
  • Laurence D. Fink, Chairman & CEO, BlackRock
  • Peter Finn, Founding Partner, Finn Partners
  • John Fish, Chairman & CEO, Suffolk
  • Winston C. Fisher, Partner, Fisher Brothers
  • Alan H. Fishman, Founder, Willow Holdings, Inc.
  • William E. Ford, Chief Executive Officer, General Atlantic LLC
  • Paul Fribourg, Chairman & CEO, Continental Grain Company
  • Eric J. Friedman, Executive Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Dave Gilboa, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Warby Parker
  • MaryAnne Gilmartin, Founder & CEO, MAG Partners LP
  • Dan Glaser, President & CEO, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
  • Dexter Goei, Chief Executive Officer, Altice USA
  • Timothy Gokey, Chief Executive Officer, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
  • Perry Golkin, Chief Executive Officer, PPC Enterprises LLC
  • Barry M. Gosin, Chief Executive Officer, Newmark Knight Frank
  • Jonathan D. Gray, President & COO, Blackstone
  • Logan Green, Co-Founder & CEO, Lyft
  • David J. Greenwald, Chairman, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
  • Kelly Grier, US Chair & Managing Partner and Americas Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Stewart KP Gross, Managing Director, Lightyear Capital
  • Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue Airways Corporation
  • Dale Hemmerdinger, Chairman, Atco Properties & Management, Inc.
  • Donna Imperato, Chief Executive Officer, BCW
  • Frederick J. Iseman, Chairman & CEO, CI Capital Partners LLC
  • Kenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman & CEO, Lazard Ltd
  • John Josephson, Chairman & CEO, Sesac
  • Roberta Kaplan, Founding Partner, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP
  • Harry Kargman, Founder & CEO, Kargo Global, Inc.
  • Brad S. Karp, Chair, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Charles R. Kaye, Chief Executive Officer, Warburg Pincus LLC
  • Anthony S. Kendall, Chairman & CEO, Mitchell & Titus, LLP
  • Richard A. Kennedy, President & CEO, Skanska USA Inc.
  • Michel A. Khalaf, President & CEO, MetLife, Inc.
  • Brian Kingston, CEO of Real Estate, Brookfield Asset Management
  • Paul Knopp, U.S. Chair & CEO, KPMG LLP
  • Henry R. Kravis, Co-Chairman & Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
  • Philip Krim, Co-Founder & CEO, Casper
  • Barbara Armand Kushner, President, Armand Corporation
  • Christopher Larsen, Chief Executive Officer, Halmar International, LLC
  • Rochelle B. Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide
  • Kewsong Lee, Chief Executive Officer, The Carlyle Group
  • Rich Lesser, President & CEO, Boston Consulting Group
  • Joey Levin, Chief Executive Officer, IAC
  • Allan Levine, Chairman & CEO, Global Atlantic Financial Company
  • Jeffrey E. Levine, Chairman, Douglaston Development
  • Robert A. Levine, Chief Executive Officer, RAL Companies & Affiliates, LLC
  • Martin Lipton, Senior Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Alex Liu, Managing Partner & Chairman, Kearney
  • Robert P. LoCascio, Founder & CEO, LivePerson, Inc.
  • Roger Lynch, Chief Executive Officer, Condé Nast
  • Mehdi Mahmud, CEO & President, First Eagle Investment Management, LLC
  • Anthony Malkin, Chairman, President & CEO, Empire State Realty Trust
  • Anthony E. Mann, President & CEO, E-J Electric Installation Co.
  • Theodore Mathas, Chairman & CEO, New York Life Insurance Company
  • Sandeep Mathrani, Chief Executive Officer, WeWork
  • Peter W. May, President & Founding Partner, Trian Partners
  • Charles R. McCall, Chief Executive Officer, Astoria Energy II LLC &, Astoria Energy LLC
  • Kevin J. McCarty, Chairman & CEO, West Monroe Partners
  • Andrew McMahon, President & CEO, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
  • Avner Mendelson, President & CEO, Bank Leumi USA
  • Heidi Messer, Co-Founder & Chairperson, Collective[i]
  • Keith Mestrich, President & CEO, Amalgamated Bank
  • Marc Metrick, President & CEO, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Edward J. Minskoff, Chairman & CEO, Edward J. Minskoff Equities, Inc.
  • Greg Mondre, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Silver Lake
  • Tyler Morse, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner, MCR Development LLC
  • Deanna M. Mulligan, Chief Executive Officer, DM Mulligan, LLC
  • Daniel Nardello, Chief Executive Officer, Nardello & Co. LLC
  • Liz Neumark, Chair & Founder, Great Performances
  • Mark Pearson, President & CEO, Equitable
  • Michael A. Peterson, Chairman & CEO, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
  • Michael Phillips, President, Jamestown Properties LLC
  • Charles E. Phillips, Jr., Chairman, Infor
  • Deirdre Quinn, Co-Founder & CEO, Lafayette 148 New York
  • Daniel Ramot, Co-Founder & CEO, Via
  • Steven L. Rattner, Chairman & CEO, Willett Advisors LLC
  • Scott H. Rechler, Chairman & CEO, RXR Realty LLC
  • Christiana Riley, Member of the Management Board, Deutsche Bank AG, CEO, Deutsche Bank USA
  • John Romeo, Managing Partner, Oliver Wyman
  • James A. Rosenthal, Chief Executive Officer, BlueVoyant
  • Evan Roth, Co-Chief Executive Officer, BBR Partners, LLC
  • Michael I. Roth, Chairman & CEO, Interpublic Group
  • Steven Rubenstein, President, Rubenstein Communications, Inc.
  • William C. Rudin, Co-Chairman & CEO, Rudin Management Company, Inc.
  • Kevin P. Ryan, Founder & CEO, AlleyCorp
  • Timothy Ryan, U.S. Chair & Senior Partner, PwC
  • Faiza Saeed, Presiding Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  • Scott Salmirs, President & CEO, ABM Industries Inc.
  • Ralph Schlosstein, Co-Chairman & Co-CEO, Evercore Partners Inc.
  • Michael Schmidtberger, Partner & Chair of the Executive Committee, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Alan D. Schnitzer, Chairman & CEO, The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Alan D. Schwartz, Executive Chairman, Guggenheim Partners, LLC
  • Kathleen Shanahan, Chief Executive Officer, Turtle & Hughes, Inc.
  • Suzanne Shank, President & CEO, Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC
  • Joseph C. Shenker, Chair, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Tarek Sherif, Co-Founder & CEO, Medidata Solutions, Inc.
  • Jonathan Silvan, Chief Executive Officer, Global Strategy Group, LLC
  • Adam Silver, Commissioner, National Basketball Association
  • Joshua Silverman, Chief Executive Officer, Etsy, Inc.
  • Brad Smith, President, Microsoft
  • David M. Solomon, Chairman & CEO, Goldman Sachs
  • Jeffrey Solomon, Chairman & CEO, Cowen
  • Rob Speyer, President & CEO, Tishman Speyer
  • Stephen J. Squeri, Chairman & CEO, American Express Company
  • Robert K. Steel, Chairman, Perella Weinberg Partners
  • Douglas C. Steiner, Chairman, Steiner Studios
  • Alan Suna, Chief Executive Officer, Silvercup Studios
  • Sanjay Swani, Managing Partner, Tailwind Capital
  • Steven R. Swartz, President & CEO, Hearst
  • Julie Sweet, Chief Executive Officer, Accenture
  • Paul J. Taubman, Chairman & CEO, PJT Partners Inc.
  • Owen D. Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Properties
  • Gary M. Tischler, Founder & Managing Partner, Vanbarton Group LLC
  • Daniel R. Tishman, Vice Chairman, AECOM & Principal, Tishman Realty
  • Paul Todd, Chief Executive Officer, GLG
  • Jean-Marie Tritant, Chief Executive Officer, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
  • William B. Tyree, Managing Partner, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
  • Joseph Ucuzoglu, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte
  • Robert Vecchio, Chief Executive Officer, LPI, Inc.
  • Ellis Verdi, President, DeVito/Verdi
  • James R. Wacht, President, Lee & Associates NYC
  • George H. Walker, Chairman & CEO, Neuberger Berman Group LLC
  • Robert E. Wankel, Chairman & CEO, The Shubert Organization, Inc.
  • Pamela S. Wasserstein, President, Vox Media
  • David Winter, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Standard Industries Inc.
  • Robert Wolf, Chief Executive Officer, 32 Advisors LLC
  • Kathryn S. Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City
  • Nina Zagat, Co-Founder, Zagat
  • Tim Zagat, Co-Founder, Zagat
  • Strauss Zelnick, Partner, ZMC
  • James Zelter, Co-President, Apollo Global Management, Inc.
  • John Zimmer, Co-Founder & President, Lyft
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