The Institute for Advanced Study has appointed John Overdeck to its Board of Trustees, effective October 30, 2015. Overdeck is Co-Chairman of Two Sigma Investments, LLC, a systematic investment manager, founded with the goal of applying cutting-edge technology to the data-rich world of finance, based in New York.
Prior to founding Two Sigma Investments, LLC in 2001, Overdeck was Managing Director at D. E. Shaw, where he directed the firm’s Japanese equity and equity-linked investments and supervised the firm’s London investment management affiliate. Overdeck also spent two years at Amazon, first serving as Vice President and technical assistant to Jeff Bezos. He went on to lead customer relationship management at Amazon, directing its renowned personalization, community and targeted-marketing features leading critical efforts to make its customer technology more scalable.
A lifelong math enthusiast, Overdeck won a silver medal for the United States in the 27th International Mathematics Olympiad. He serves on the Boards of the Hamilton Insurance Group, the National Museum of Mathematics and the Robin Hood Foundation. Overdeck earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, with distinction, and a Master of Science in Statistics, both from Stanford University.