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Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney was named chairman of the Financial Stability Board on Friday, a global banking watchdog in charge of preventing the repeat of another 2008-style financial meltdown. He’s now one the highest-profile voices on global finance. The world will stop to listen when he speaks. How did he get there?

Mark Carney.

Profile: Carney has it all. With a doctorate in economics from Oxford, 13 years spent working as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs, and a brilliant record in government—not just at the Bank of Canada but at the Department of Finance as well—Carney brings to the...

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