Bob Cochran co-founded Build America Mutual Assurance Company, the first mutual municipal bond insurer, in July 2012. Prior to that, he was a co-founder of Financial Security Assurance (FSA) and was CEO from 1990 to 2009 (NYSE: FSA from 1994 to 2000). On joining FSA in 1985, he headed the Financial Guaranty Department and, in that role, led the Company in establishing its underwriting and risk management criteria. In 1990, the board appointed him Chief Executive Officer, successor to Jim Lopp, FSA's principal founder. He also chaired the Association of Financial Guaranty Insurers from 2001 to 2002. Mr. Cochran joined FSA from the law firm Kutak Rock, where he was a public finance lawyer and Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office. He graduated from Centre College (BA,'71) and Duke University School of Law (JD), followed by a federal judicial clerkship for Judge Pierce Lively (6th Circuit Court of Appeals).
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