Margaret Cannella ’76 will join Columbia Business School’s Private Equity Program in the newly created position of administrative director. In this role, Cannella will oversee the launch of the Private Equity Fellows Program, designed for select students seeking to deepen their knowledge by working with alumni mentors, writing cases, and attending lectures on core technical skills.
Cannella previously served as an adjunct professor, teaching the seminars From Feast to Famine and Back Again: The Credit Markets from 2003 to 2013 and Credit Markets and Leveraged Buy-Outs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
She also brings extensive industry experience to the new position. Since 2009, she has worked with Oaktree Capital, focusing on their portfolio companies in the consumer sector. Cannella is also a board member of the Wilshire and Schroder Mutual Funds. Prior to 2009, she spent more than 30 years in investment banking and markets in the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. While with JPMorgan, Cannella was named to the Fixed Income Analyst Hall of Fame in 2007 for her publications on the credit crisis. She began her career with Chase Manhattan Asia Limited in Hong Kong.
The Private Equity Program, led by Donna M. Hitscherich, serves as the School’s primary point of contact with the private equity industry, unifying students, alumni, and the business community into a single network.