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

Posted January 4, 2021 5:22 p.m. EST

— 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.

"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.

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 CapitalEllen Alemany, Chairman & CEO, CIT Group Inc.Simon Allen, Chief Executive Officer, McGraw-Hill Education, Inc.Jeffrey H. Aronson, Managing Principal, Centerbridge PartnersAjay Banga, Executive Chairman, MastercardNeil Barr, Managing Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLPErin Barringer, Director, Dalberg AmericasCandace K. Beinecke, Senior Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLPCharles R. Bendit, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Taconic Investment Partners LLCStephen Berger, Chairman, Odyssey Investment Partners, LLCWilliam H. Berkman, Co-Chairman & CEO, Radius Global Infrastructure, Inc.Seth Bernstein, President & CEO, ABDavid Beveridge, Senior Partner, Shearman & Sterling, LLPMichael W. Blair, Presiding Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLPJeff 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 PartnersNeil Blumenthal, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Warby ParkerJohn Borthwick, Founder & CEO, BetaworksAlbert Bourla, Chairman & CEO, Pfizer Inc.John Bruckner, President, NY, National GridAri Buchalter, President & CEO, IntersectionMartin S. Burger, Chief Executive Officer, Silverstein Properties, Inc.Donald A. Capoccia, Principal, BFC PartnersRichard M. Cashin, Managing Partner, One Equity PartnersTimothy Cawley, President & CEO, Con Edison, Inc.Rodgin Cohen, Senior Chairman, Sullivan & Cromwell LLPAnthony R. Coscia, Partner and Executive Committee Member, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLPCromwell Coulson, President & CEO, OTC Markets GroupTodd C. DeGarmo, Chief Executive Officer, STUDIOS ArchitectureToby Dodd, President, New York Tri-State, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.William R. Dougherty, Chairman, Executive Committee, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLPBrian Duperreault, Chief Executive Officer, American International Group, Inc.Douglas Durst, Chairman, Durst Organization Inc.Richard Edelman, President & CEO, EdelmanScott A. Edelman, Chairman, Milbank LLPBlair W. Effron, Co-Founder, Centerview PartnersJoel S. Ehrenkranz, Partner and Co-Founder, Ehrenkranz Partners L.P.Douglas F. Eisenberg, Founder and CEO, A&E Real Estate, LLCCatherine Engelbert, Commissioner, WNBAAlexander Farman-Farmaian, Vice Chairman, Portfolio Manager, Edgewood Management LLCRob Fauber, President & Chief Executive Officer, Moody's CorporationLaurence D. Fink, Chairman & CEO, BlackRockPeter Finn, Founding Partner, Finn PartnersJohn Fish, Chairman & CEO, SuffolkWinston C. Fisher, Partner, Fisher BrothersAlan H. Fishman, Founder, Willow Holdings, Inc.William E. Ford, Chief Executive Officer, General Atlantic LLCPaul Fribourg, Chairman & CEO, Continental Grain CompanyEric J. Friedman, Executive Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLPDave Gilboa, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Warby ParkerMaryAnne Gilmartin, Founder & CEO, MAG Partners LPDan Glaser, President & CEO, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.Dexter Goei, Chief Executive Officer, Altice USATimothy Gokey, Chief Executive Officer, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.Perry Golkin, Chief Executive Officer, PPC Enterprises LLCBarry M. Gosin, Chief Executive Officer, Newmark Knight FrankJonathan D. Gray, President & COO, BlackstoneLogan Green, Co-Founder & CEO, LyftDavid J. Greenwald, Chairman, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLPKelly Grier, US Chair & Managing Partner and Americas Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLPStewart KP Gross, Managing Director, Lightyear CapitalRobin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue Airways CorporationDale Hemmerdinger, Chairman, Atco Properties & Management, Inc.Donna Imperato, Chief Executive Officer, BCWFrederick J. Iseman, Chairman & CEO, CI Capital Partners LLCKenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman & CEO, Lazard LtdJohn Josephson, Chairman & CEO, SesacRoberta Kaplan, Founding Partner, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLPHarry Kargman, Founder & CEO, Kargo Global, Inc.Brad S. Karp, Chair, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLPCharles R. Kaye, Chief Executive Officer, Warburg Pincus LLCAnthony S. Kendall, Chairman & CEO, Mitchell & Titus, LLPRichard A. Kennedy, President & CEO, Skanska USA Inc.Michel A. Khalaf, President & CEO, MetLife, Inc.Brian Kingston, CEO of Real Estate, Brookfield Asset ManagementPaul Knopp, U.S. Chair & CEO, KPMG LLPHenry R. Kravis, Co-Chairman & Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.Philip Krim, Co-Founder & CEO, CasperBarbara Armand Kushner, President, Armand CorporationChristopher Larsen, Chief Executive Officer, Halmar International, LLCRochelle B. Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy & Mather WorldwideKewsong Lee, Chief Executive Officer, The Carlyle GroupRich Lesser, President & CEO, Boston Consulting GroupJoey Levin, Chief Executive Officer, IACAllan Levine, Chairman & CEO, Global Atlantic Financial CompanyJeffrey E. Levine, Chairman, Douglaston DevelopmentRobert A. Levine, Chief Executive Officer, RAL Companies & Affiliates, LLCMartin Lipton, Senior Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & KatzAlex Liu, Managing Partner & Chairman, KearneyRobert P. LoCascio, Founder & CEO, LivePerson, Inc.Roger Lynch, Chief Executive Officer, Condé NastMehdi Mahmud, CEO & President, First Eagle Investment Management, LLCAnthony Malkin, Chairman, President & CEO, Empire State Realty TrustAnthony E. Mann, President & CEO, E-J Electric Installation Co.Theodore Mathas, Chairman & CEO, New York Life Insurance CompanySandeep Mathrani, Chief Executive Officer, WeWorkPeter W. May, President & Founding Partner, Trian PartnersCharles R. McCall, Chief Executive Officer, Astoria Energy II LLC &, Astoria Energy LLCKevin J. McCarty, Chairman & CEO, West Monroe PartnersAndrew McMahon, President & CEO, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of AmericaAvner Mendelson, President & CEO, Bank Leumi USAHeidi Messer, Co-Founder & Chairperson, Collective[i]Keith Mestrich, President & CEO, Amalgamated BankMarc Metrick, President & CEO, Saks Fifth AvenueEdward J. Minskoff, Chairman & CEO, Edward J. Minskoff Equities, Inc.Greg Mondre, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Silver LakeTyler Morse, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner, MCR Development LLCDeanna M. Mulligan, Chief Executive Officer, DM Mulligan, LLCDaniel Nardello, Chief Executive Officer, Nardello & Co. LLCLiz Neumark, Chair & Founder, Great PerformancesMark Pearson, President & CEO, EquitableMichael A. Peterson, Chairman & CEO, Peter G. Peterson FoundationMichael Phillips, President, Jamestown Properties LLCCharles E. Phillips, Jr., Chairman, InforDeirdre Quinn, Co-Founder & CEO, Lafayette 148 New YorkDaniel Ramot, Co-Founder & CEO, ViaSteven L. Rattner, Chairman & CEO, Willett Advisors LLCScott H. Rechler, Chairman & CEO, RXR Realty LLCChristiana Riley, Member of the Management Board, Deutsche Bank AG, CEO, Deutsche Bank USAJohn Romeo, Managing Partner, Oliver WymanJames A. Rosenthal, Chief Executive Officer, BlueVoyantEvan Roth, Co-Chief Executive Officer, BBR Partners, LLCMichael I. Roth, Chairman & CEO, Interpublic GroupSteven Rubenstein, President, Rubenstein Communications, Inc.William C. Rudin, Co-Chairman & CEO, Rudin Management Company, Inc.Kevin P. Ryan, Founder & CEO, AlleyCorpTimothy Ryan, U.S. Chair & Senior Partner, PwCFaiza Saeed, Presiding Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLPScott 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 LLPAlan D. Schnitzer, Chairman & CEO, The Travelers Companies, Inc.Alan D. Schwartz, Executive Chairman, Guggenheim Partners, LLCKathleen Shanahan, Chief Executive Officer, Turtle & Hughes, Inc.Suzanne Shank, President & CEO, Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLCJoseph C. Shenker, Chair, Sullivan & Cromwell LLPTarek Sherif, Co-Founder & CEO, Medidata Solutions, Inc.Jonathan Silvan, Chief Executive Officer, Global Strategy Group, LLCAdam Silver, Commissioner, National Basketball AssociationJoshua Silverman, Chief Executive Officer, Etsy, Inc.Brad Smith, President, MicrosoftDavid M. Solomon, Chairman & CEO, Goldman SachsJeffrey Solomon, Chairman & CEO, CowenRob Speyer, President & CEO, Tishman SpeyerStephen J. Squeri, Chairman & CEO, American Express CompanyRobert K. Steel, Chairman, Perella Weinberg PartnersDouglas C. Steiner, Chairman, Steiner StudiosAlan Suna, Chief Executive Officer, Silvercup StudiosSanjay Swani, Managing Partner, Tailwind CapitalSteven R. Swartz, President & CEO, HearstJulie Sweet, Chief Executive Officer, AccenturePaul J. Taubman, Chairman & CEO, PJT Partners Inc.Owen D. Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Boston PropertiesGary M. Tischler, Founder & Managing Partner, Vanbarton Group LLCDaniel R. Tishman, Vice Chairman, AECOM & Principal, Tishman RealtyPaul Todd, Chief Executive Officer, GLGJean-Marie Tritant, Chief Executive Officer, Unibail-Rodamco-WestfieldWilliam B. Tyree, Managing Partner, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.Joseph Ucuzoglu, Chief Executive Officer, DeloitteRobert Vecchio, Chief Executive Officer, LPI, Inc.Ellis Verdi, President, DeVito/VerdiJames R. Wacht, President, Lee & Associates NYCGeorge H. Walker, Chairman & CEO, Neuberger Berman Group LLCRobert E. Wankel, Chairman & CEO, The Shubert Organization, Inc.Pamela S. Wasserstein, President, Vox MediaDavid Winter, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Standard Industries Inc.Robert Wolf, Chief Executive Officer, 32 Advisors LLCKathryn S. Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York CityNina Zagat, Co-Founder, ZagatTim Zagat, Co-Founder, ZagatStrauss Zelnick, Partner, ZMCJames Zelter, Co-President, Apollo Global Management, Inc.John Zimmer, Co-Founder & President, Lyft

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