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One of America's best-loved political couples—James Carville and Mary Matalin—give audiences an enlightening and entertaining look at today's most important political issues as well as a behind-the-scenes look at politics inside Washington and how today's headlines are playing out around the country.

Co-authors of the national best seller All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, Matalin and Carville are key players on the national political stage—they each have over 30 years of experience in politics and have individually worked for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

They combine their unique experiences to provide audiences with a stimulating, candid and provocative conversation from both sides of the political aisle.

Admiral Mullen served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2007–2011).  He was the principal military advisor to the president, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.

A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968.

He commanded three ships: the gasoline tanker USS Noxubee (AOG 56), the guided missile destroyer USS Goldsborough (DDG 20) and the guided missile cruiser USS Yorktown (CG 48).

As a Flag Officer, Mullen commanded Cruiser-Destroyer Group 2, the George Washington Battle Group and the U.S. 2nd Fleet/NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic.  

Ashore he has served in leadership positions at the Naval Academy, in the Navy’s Bureau of Personnel, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Navy Staff.  He was the 32nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations from August 2003 to October 2004.

His last operational assignment was as commander, NATO Joint Force Command Naples/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. Mullen is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School and earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Prior to becoming chairman, Mullen served as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations.

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Chief Executive, North America Property & Casualty, XL Group

Seraina Maag is Chief Executive of the North America Property & Casualty (P&C) unit of XL Group plc’s global insurance operations. She directs XL Group’s multiline property & casualty operations, including underwriting activities for General Property, U.S. Risk Management, Excess Casualty, North America Programs, Environmental and Excess & Surplus coverages, in the U.S. and Canada. Throughout her career, Ms. Maag has held leadership positions in commercial insurance and finance in the US and abroad. Before joining XL Group, Ms. Maag was President of Zurich North America Commercial, Specialties Business Unit where she managed all aspects of the unit’s U.S. operations. She was promoted to this position after serving as the unit’s Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Maag also served as head of Investor Relations & Rating Agencies for Zurich Financial Services in Switzerland. In that role, she was responsible for managing relationships with investors, analysts and rating agencies on a global basis. Prior to joining Zurich in 2002, Ms. Maag was a founding partner and financial analyst for NZB Neue Zuercher Bank in Switzerland. Between 1990 and 2000, she held various management positions within underwriting and financial at SwissRe in Switzerland and Australia. Ms. Maag was elected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, which nominates individuals to help discover innovative solutions to today’s most pressing problems through various initiatives and workstreams, as well as catalyzing the next generation of leaders. She holds an MBA from Monash Mt. Eliza Business School in Australia and is also a CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) Charterholder.

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Carly Fiorina worked her way through undergraduate and graduate school and began her business career as a secretary for a small business. She became the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005. She was named Fortune’s Most Powerful Woman in Business for six consecutive years.

During her tenure at HP, Carly led the reinvention of this legendary company, tripling its rate of innovation, achieving market leadership, transforming its cost structure and accelerating growth. Despite controversy and opposition, she successfully acquired and integrated Compaq Computer, in what is now seen as the most successful high-tech merger in history. Under her leadership, HP doubled in revenues to $88 Billion and generated 11 patents a day, with significantly improved profitability and cash flow. HP became a leader in every product category and market segment in which it competed.

Carly is politically active. In her own first-time candidacy, she ran against four-term Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer in California in 2010. She currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and as a California State Chair in support of Romney for President. In addition, she serves on the Board of the American Conservative Union. She served as Republican Victory Chair for John McCain’s presidential run.

Carly is one of the most recognized business leaders in the world and an opinion leader who champions innovation, competitiveness and job creation. She provides commentary on these topics and more as a regular contributor for CNBC. She also is actively engaged in policy formulation and philanthropy. Among her many activities, she chairs Good360, the world’s largest online product donation marketplace. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Foundation for Health Coverage Education. She is a Co-Chair of the US Leadership in Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies as well as on the Leadership Council of the Initiative for Global Development. She is a founding supporter of the African Leadership Academy and a founder of the One Woman Initiative. She has also served on the Defense Business Board, as the Chairman of the CIA’s External Advisory Board and on the Advisory Group for Transformational Diplomacy for the Department of State. She has been a member of the Boards of Kellogg Company, Cisco Systems, Merck and Taiwan Semiconductor. She is a cancer survivor who openly tells her story, acting as a Global Envoy for Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG organization.

Carly earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Science in Business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She and her husband Frank live in Virginia and California. They have a daughter and two granddaughters.

 

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Mike Foley (born 1962, US Citizen) is a member of the Group Executive Committee, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) North America Commercial division of Zurich Financial Services Group (Zurich) and Regional Chairman North America.  Mr. Foley joined Zurich in September 2006 as Chief Operating Officer of its North America Commercial business division, and in January 2008 was appointed CEO of that division.

In 1989, Mr. Foley joined the Deerpath Group investment banking firm in Lake Forest, Illinois, as an associate and became vice president responsible for managing the portfolio of equity investments in various acquired businesses.  In 1993 he joined Electrocal, Inc. in Connecticut as president, and three years later moved to McKinsey & Company in Chicago as a principal, becoming leader of its North American property & casualty insurance practice.

Mr. Foley serves as a member of the Board of American Friends of Lucerne, as well as a member of the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago.

Mr. Foley graduated in math and economics from Fairfield University, Connecticut. He joined the financial management training program of Armtek Corporation, Connecticut, in 1984, and later gained an MBA in marketing and finance from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

 

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President & Chief Executive Officer
Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.

Tony Kuczinski is President and Chief Executive Officer of Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., Chairman of HSB Group, Inc., and Chairman of American Modern Insurance Group, Inc.  He has overall responsibility for Munich Re’s property and casualty reinsurance and specialty insurance businesses in the U.S.  He is also a board member of Munich Re America Corporation and several of the related corporations.

During his 24+ years with Munich Reinsurance America, Tony has held various other positions.  Prior to assuming his current position in January 2008, he was President of the Specialty Markets division of Munich Reinsurance America and President of American Alternative Insurance Corporation and The Princeton Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance Company.  Tony also served as project leader of Munich Re’s U.S. Strategy Project, where he was an architect of the Group’s strategy for long-term profitable growth in the U.S.  He has over 30 years of industry experience.

Tony serves the insurance industry through participation in a number of organizations.   He is vice chair of the board and executive committee member of The Institutes, former board member and Chair of the Reinsurance Association of America, board member of the American Insurance Association, and board and executive committee member of the St. John’s University School of Risk Management Advisory Board.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York and New Jersey State Societies of Certified Public Accountants.  He has completed the Advanced Executive Education Program in conjunction with the AICPCU and the Wharton School.  He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University.

In terms of community service, Tony is the vice chair and a board member of Eden Autism Services, an organization that provides service and support to individuals with Autism and their families, and the Princeton Healthcare Foundation, the fundraising organization for Princeton Hospital.  He is a former Chair and board member of the National School Boards Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that works to promote excellence and equity in public education throughout the United States.  He resides in the United States with his wife and his three children.

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Founder of The William J. Clinton Foundation
42nd President of the United States of America

William Jefferson Clinton, the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice, led the U.S. to the longest economic expansion in American history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs.

After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which is helping 4.5 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving drugs.

The Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Development Initiative, and the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative—are applying a business-oriented approach to fight climate change worldwide and to promote sustainable economic growth in Africa and Latin America. In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and is helping individuals and families succeed and to increase small business growth in underserved communities through the Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative. Established in 2005, the ClintonGlobal Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. So far, more than 2,100 Clinton Global Initiative commitments have improved the lives of 400 million people in 180 nations.

In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has joined with former President George H.W. Bush three times—after the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008, and with President George W. Bush in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. The Clinton Foundation also supports economic growth, job creation, and sustainability in Haiti.

President Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He and his wife Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, New York.


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Robert S. Mueller, III served as the sixth Director of the FBI from September 2001 to September 2013. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and was sworn in as Director on September 4, 2001 – just one week before 9/11.

His ten-year term was extended for an additional two years at the request of President Barack Obama and pursuant to legislation passed by Congress.

Born in New York City, Mr. Mueller grew up outside of Philadelphia. He graduated from Princeton University in 1966 and later earned a master’s degree in International Relations at New York University in 1967.

After college, he joined the United States Marine Corps, where he served as an officer for three years, leading a rifle platoon of the Third Marine Division in Vietnam. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Purple Heart and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

Following his military service, Mr. Mueller earned a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1973 and served on the Law Review.

After completing his education, Mr. Mueller worked as a litigator in San Francisco until 1976. He then served for 12 years in the United States Attorney’s Offices, first in the Northern District of California in San Francisco, where he rose to be chief of its’ criminal division. In 1982, he moved to Boston as an Assistant United States Attorney where he investigated and prosecuted major financial fraud, terrorist and public corruption cases, as well as narcotics conspiracies and international money launderers.

After serving as a partner at the Boston law firm of Hill and Barlow, Mr. Mueller returned to public service. In 1989 he served in the United States Department of Justice as an assistant to Attorney General Richard L. Thornburgh. The following year he took charge of its Criminal Division. During his tenure, he oversaw prosecutions including the conviction of Panama leader Manuel Noriega, the Lockerbie Pan Am 103 bombing case and the John Gotti mobster prosecution. In 1991, he was elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In 1993, Mr. Mueller became a partner at Boston’s Hale and Dorr, specializing in complex white collar crime litigation. He returned to public service in 1995 as senior litigator in the Homicide Section of the District of Columbia United States Attorney’s Office. In 1998, Mr. Mueller was named United States Attorney in San Francisco and held that position until 2001. He then served as Acting Deputy Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice for several months before becoming FBI Director.

Currently he serves as Executive-in-Residence for Georgetown University, Consulting Professor at Stanford University’s Law School, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Arthur and Frank Payne Distinguished Lecturer.

Mr. Mueller and his wife, Ann, have two daughters.

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