Financial Services >> CEO Interviews >> December 3, 2002

Joseph Amato – Freddie Mac (fre)

JOSEPH E. AMATO was named Vice President of Finance of Freddie Mac in April 2001. In this role, he directs Freddie Mac's financial planning department, shareholder relations group and the corporation's budgeting area. Mr. Amato has an extensive background in financial management, strategic planning and investment management. Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Mr. Amato was Chief Executive Officer of NextFinance, Inc., a technology- based mortgage product development firm. Before launching NextFinance, Inc., Mr. Amato held a series of increasingly responsible financial, strategic and operating positions at Fannie Mae, including Vice President of Financial Transactions and Vice President of Portfolio Strategy. During his career at Fannie Mae, Mr. Amato managed the portfolio strategy and risk management department for one of the largest fixed-income portfolios in the U.S. He also directed Fannie Mae's financial forecasting group and managed its capital activities. He also led the company's regulatory policy group, and was manager of the company's Treasury financing department. Mr. Amato earned an MBA in Finance from the George Washington University, Washington, DC, and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. Freddie Mac is a stockholder-owned corporation chartered by Congress in 1970 to create a continuous flow of funds to mortgage lenders. By supplying lenders with the money to make mortgages and packaging the mortgages into marketable securities, Freddie Mac sustains a stable mortgage credit system and reduces the mortgage rates paid by homebuyers. Over the years, Freddie Mac has opened doors for one in six homebuyers in America. Profile
TWST: Could you tell us about the origins and the history of

Freddie Mac?

Mr. Amato: Freddie Mac is a shareholder-owned, congressionally

chartered company. We've been a shareholder-owned