Sheila Bair, the chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., will deliver the keynote address at American Banker's 2008 Banker of the Year Awards.

Ms. Bair has emerged as a pivotal policymaker on issues that reach into every corner of banking, while her agency has had to contend with a mounting list of failed institutions. In arranging the sale of Washington Mutual Inc.'s banking operation to JPMorgan Chase & Co., the FDIC dealt with the largest banking failure in the nation's history at no cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund.

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