R. May Lee
R. May Lee is Vice Chancellor, Strategic Planning – Asia for NYU, and Deputy Vice Chancellor for NYU Shanghai. May is a key partner in developing NYU’s growing portfolio in Asia and in particular, NYU Shanghai. She also provides strategic assistance to NYU in its efforts to achieve optimal administrative and operational integration of the various components of the NYU global network.
Before joining NYU, May was Managing Director and Chief of Staff to the CEO of Merrill Lynch, where she managed a broad portfolio that included helping set and manage key strategic priorities and goals for the firm. Prior to that, she was Chief Executive of two companies: Fly Communications (formerly known as Rowen Warren) and MarketBoy Inc. From 1994-2000, she worked at Goldman Sachs in a variety of capacities, including Counsel to the Fixed Income Division and Chief Operating Officer of the Credit Derivatives business. She also has extensive experience working in China, having been based in Beijing with Kamsky Associates. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she attended Peking University for a year before obtaining her J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she is now a Lifetime Trustee.