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March 8, 2010

Carbon Finance Leader To Serve As Executive in Residence

Bruce Usher, who was the CEO of EcoSecurities Group and is an adjunct professor, has joined the Executives in Residence Program.


Columbia Business School’s Executives in Residence Program announced the addition of Bruce Usher to its group of resident business leaders.

Usher, who is an adjunct professor in the Finance and Economics Division, was the CEO of EcoSecurities Group from 2002 to 2009. The company was sold to JP Morgan in December 2009. Under his leadership, the company became the world’s largest public carbon credit company with 250 employees in 21 countries. It has developed more than 400 projects around the world, representing approximately 10 percent of all projects approved by the United Nations under the Kyoto Protocol.

Prior to EcoSecurities, Usher was CEO of TreasuryConnect, LLC, which provided electronic trading solutions to banks and was sold to eSpeed, Inc., in 2001. He also served as the COO of the Williams Capital Group, a boutique institutional investment bank. Prior to that, he worked in financial services in New York and Tokyo.

Usher has taught at the School since 2002, and his course offerings include Carbon Finance and Finance and Sustainability. He was awarded the Dean’s Award for Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty Member in 2009. Usher received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

As part of the Executives in Residence Program, Usher expands his role to give guest lectures, work with student clubs and conduct brown-bag luncheons for students with common interests. Executives are available to counsel students on career planning, strategy and professional development.

The Executives in Residence Program was established in 1977 by the late Robert W. Lear, who served as the chairman and CEO of F. & M. Schaefer Corporation. Donald C. Waite III ’66, who is a member of the School’s Board of Overseers, has served as director of the program since 2002. Executive participants in the program are appointed for renewable one-year terms.