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September 10, 2013

Margaret Cannella joins the Private Equity Program

Margaret Cannella will join Private Equity Program Director, Donna M. Hitscherich, Senior Lecturer in Discipline, Finance and Economics.


Margaret Cannella ‘76, an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, has joined the Private Equity Program as Administrative Director.

Cannella will join Private Equity Program Director, Donna M. Hitscherich, Senior Lecturer in Discipline, Finance and Economics. The Private Equity Program 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. Cannella will use her deep foundation in the finance industry and extensive work with young talent to launch a Private Equity Fellows Program – an intensive for select students seeking to deepen their knowledge through working closely with alumni mentors, writing cases and attending lectures on core technical skills as well as other competencies required through the private equity deal process.

At Columbia Business School Cannella teaches seminars she developed entitled "From Feast to Famine and Back Again: the Credit Markets 2003 to 2013" and "Credit Markets and Leveraged Buy-Outs: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Since 2009, Cannella has worked with Oaktree Capital, focusing on their portfolio companies in the consumer sector. She is also a board member of the Wilshire and Schroder Mutual Funds.

In 2009, Margaret retired from JPMorgan after more than thirty years in investment banking and markets in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific. At JPMorgan, she built U.S. Equity and Global Credit Research; both currently rank number one in the Institutional Investor Survey. She chaired the firm’s capital markets strategy function and also represented the industry on SIFMA’s committees dealing with regulations related to research and banking. Margaret herself was named to the Fixed Income Analyst Hall of Fame in 2007 for her publications on the credit crisis. As a sell-side bond analyst from 1992 to 2004, Margaret was ranked number one or two in the Institutional Investor Survey every year for her coverage of retail and consumer products companies. Prior to joining JPMorgan in 1998, Cannella was at Citigroup as a Senior Analyst in the Corporate Finance Analysis Division and Head of Global Research. Cannella began her career in investment banking with Chase Manhattan Asia Limited in Hong Kong. More detailed information about the Fellows program may be found on the Private Equity Program website.