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Executive Advisory Board
The Executive Advisory Board, comprised of alumni and industry experts, provides recommendations on the direction of the Center and its activities. Committee members support the Center by leading new initiatives, participating in conferences, lecturing in classes and advising students.
Current board members include:
Founder & Managing Partner
Trimaran Capital Partners
Geoffrey J. Colvin
CEW Partners New York
Co-founder & CIO
Commonwealth Opportunity Capital
Jesse J. Greene Jr.
Senior Fellow & Chairman of Public Policy Advisory Board
Eric S. Haueter
Sidley Austin LLP
Partner & Chief Information Officer
CVC Credit Partners
Chief Financial Officer
Global Banking and Markets
Robert L. Lieff
Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein, LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Partner & Co-Portfolio Manager
JANA Partners, LLC
Bruce Eben Pindyck
Chairman & CEO
Meridian Industries, Inc. Wisconsin
Richard Paul Richman
Chairman & Founder
The Richman Group, Inc.
Chief Information Officer
Goldman Sachs Bank USA
Jay Bloom JD '81
Founder and Managing Partner of Trimaran Capital Partners
Mr. Bloom is a Founder and Managing Partner of Trimaran Capital Partners, and serves as Co-Portfolio Manager of Trimaran Corporate Opportunities Fund and a manager of Trimaran Fund II, an existing private equity fund. Until February 2006, Mr. Bloom was a Vice Chairman of CIBC World Markets Corp. and co-head of Leveraged Finance. Prior to joining CIBC World Markets Corp., Mr. Bloom was a co-founder and Managing Director of The Argosy Group L.P., an independent investment bank that focused on leveraged finance and restructuring advisory services. CIBC acquired The Argosy Group in 1995. Until February 1990, Mr. Bloom was Managing Director at Drexel Burnham Lambert and prior to 1985, was with Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb. Prior thereto, Mr. Bloom practiced law at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. Mr. Bloom currently serves on the Board of Directors of KCAP Financial Inc., Brite Media Group LLC, and Educational Services of America, Inc. He previously served on the Boards of Global Crossing Ltd., IASIS Healthcare Corporation, Freightcar America, Inc., Heating Oil Partners, L.P., Domino’s Pizza, Inc., Accuride Corporation, Transportation Technologies, Inc., NSP Holdings LLC, Millennium Digital Media Holdings, Norcraft Companies, L.P., Source Financial Corporation, PrimeCo Wireless Communications LLC, El Pollo Loco, Inc. and Standard Steel, LLC. He also serves as a member of the Cornell University Council and the Cornell University Undergraduate Business Program Advisory Council and is an emeritus member of the Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management Advisory Council. Mr. Bloom graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S and M.B.A, and J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review.
Geoffrey J. Colvin JD '77 MBA '78
Partner at CEW Partners
Geoffrey J. Colvin is a partner at CEW Partners, a family investment firm with interests in publicly traded securities, private partnerships and companies, and real estate. He previously practiced law at Proskauer Rose LLP in New York.
He received an AB, summa cum laude, in 1974 from Columbia College, a JD from Columbia Law School in 1977, and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1978.
Mr. Colvin is a member of the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers, chair of the Alumni Association of Columbia College, and a member of the boards of visitors of both Columbia College and Columbia Law School. He is also a member of the board of trustees of Teachers College and co-chair of its investment committee. Additionally, Mr. Colvin serves on the board of overseers of the International Rescue Committee and chairs its investment committee. He also chairs the investment committee of the Wohl Foundation and previously served as a member of the investment committee of the Brookings Institution. Mr. Colvin is vice chair of the board of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, and he has been a member of the executive committee of the Joint Distribution Committee. He is a trustee emeritus of the Trinity School in New York City.
Adam Fisher JD '98 MBA'98
Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Commonwealth Opportunity Capital ("CWOC")
Formed in 2008, CWOC is a global macro hedge fund with offices in Los Angeles and Greenwich, CT. He serves as the trading principal of the fund. Mr. Fisher brings extensive knowledge and experience investing in and managing public and private companies globally. Prior to CWOC, in 2006, he co-founded Orient Property Group (“OPG”) which focused on investments throughout the Asia Pacific region and was backed by D.E. Shaw & Co. In 2003, he founded Irongate, a property investment and development firm that was involved in property transactions in Florida, California, Hawaii, Mexico, and Canada. Prior to Irongate, Mr. Fisher worked in New York for two private equity firms, NMS Capital and TD Capital, as well as a risk arbitrage firm affiliated with Reservoir Capital.
Jesse J. Greene Jr. JD '75 MBA '75
Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy Advisory Board
Jesse Greene currently serves on the board of directors for Caterpillar. He retired from IBM at year end 2010 as Chief Financial Risk Officer and VP Financial Management, where he was responsible for the identification, assessment, and monitoring of financial risks and the company's Enterprise Risk Management PRogram. He began his career at the company in 1971 and has served as an engineer, tax attorney, and financial executive. In the past, he has also worked with Eastman Kodak as their Chief Financial Officer.
Eric S. Haueter JD '79 MBA '80
Partner at Sidley Austin LLP
Eric S. Haueter is a corporate partner in the San Francisco office of Sidley Austin LLP, a global law firm with over 1800 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide. Mr. Haueter is recognized as a leading capital markets lawyer by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and Northern California Super Lawyers and is a five-time Client Service All-Star in BTI Consulting Group’s annual survey of corporate counsel from more than 250 Fortune 1000 companies. Mr. Haueter represents financial institutions and companies in a broad range of capital markets, securities and general corporate matters.
Mr. Haueter received a B.A. from Williams College in 1975, a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1979 and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1980, and was an International Fellow at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs in 1978. He is a co-author of the treatise Corporate Finance and the Securities Laws.
Stephen Hickey JD '87 MBA '87
Partner and Chief Investment Officer of CVC Credit Partners
Steve joined from Goldman Sachs where he spent 20 years in various senior roles including Global Head of Leverage Finance, Co-Head of Global Loans, Member of the Firmwide Risk and Firmwide Capital Committees and Head of Loan Sales and Secondary Trading (Proprietary Investing and Flow Trading). Steve had been a Partner at Goldman Sachs since 2004. Prior to rejoining the firm, Steve was a Managing Director and Head of Loan Syndications, Sales and Trading at Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ), after starting the business at DLJ in 1996. Steve was a member of the Board of Directors for the Loan Syndications and Trading Association from 2001 to 2006. He is a member of the State of Connecticut Bar.
Jennifer Hill MBA '94
CFO for Global Banking and Markets
Jennifer M. Hill joined Bank of America in 2011 from Royal Bank of Scotland, where she was Group Director of Strategy and Corporate Finance and a member of the management committee. Prior to joining RBS, she was Chief Financial Officer for Tisbury Capital Management in London. She also sits on the Board of Advisors of buildOn, a non-profit organization that builds schools in developing countries and runs afterschool service programs in America's toughest inner-cities.
Robert L. Lieff JD '61 MBA '62
Founder of Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein, LLP
Robert Lieff created the Global Justice Forum, an international program for lawyers which meets annually. The Forum has been held at Columbia Law School three times and in London, Paris and Rome. He currently sits on the Dean’s Council of Columbia Law School and is on the Board of Advisors of the Richard Paul Richman Center at Columbia University.
Harvey Miller JD '59
Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Harvey Miller is currently a Partner in the New York City based international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP where he created and developed the Firm's Business Finance & Restructuring Department specializing in reorganizing distressed business entities and representing creditors, investors, and purchasers of distessed businesses and assets.
Mr. Miller has been an adjunct Professor Law at New York University Law School since 1976. He has also taught at Yale Law School, and Columbia University School of Law and is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Trustee on the Committee on Economic Development.
Scott Ostfeld JD '02 MBA '02
Partner at JANA Partners, LLC
Scott Ostfeld is responsible for special situations investments, including active shareholder engagement. JANA Partners is a value-oriented investment advisor specializing in event driven investing. Prior to joining JANA, Mr. Ostfeld was with GSC Partners in their distressed debt private equity group focused on acquiring companies through the bankruptcy restructuring process and enhancing value as an active equity owner. Prior to GSC Partners, Mr. Ostfeld was an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston where he worked on a variety of M&A and capital raising assignments.
Mr. Ostfeld serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Opportunity Network, a non-profit organization designed to equalize the playing field for high-achieving, underserved high school and college students.
Bruce Eben Pindyck JD '70 MBA '71
Chairman and CEO Meridian Industries, Inc. Wisconsin
Bruce Eben Pindyck is chairman and CEO of Meridian Industries, Inc., a mid-size manufacturing company with eighteen plants, all of which are located in the United States. He served on both Columbia College’s Board of Visitors and the board of the Columbia College Alumni Association for several years, chairing the committee on admissions and financial aid.
Richard Paul Richman JD '72 MBA '73
Chairman and Founder of The Richman Group, Inc. Connecticut
Mr. Richman was a founder of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, one of the country’s leading advocacy groups for affordable housing, and has served as its president and chairman of the board. Mr. Richman is a frequent speaker nationally on housing and urban development and has appeared in a variety of forums: business, governmental, and educational.
Esta Stecher JD '82
Chief Executive Officer at Goldman Sachs Bank USA
Esta Stecher began her career as an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell, becoming partner in 1990, and subsequently head of that firm's Tax Group. She joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 as a partner and head of the Tax Department. In 2000, Stecher was named general counsel and executive vice president of Goldman Sachs, serving as co-head of the global legal organization for more than 10 years. She is also a Trustee of Columbia University, a member of the Dean's Council of Columbia Law School, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and part of the Honorary Board of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.
The Richard Paul Richman Center for
Business, Law, and Public Policy
Columbia Business School
Uris Hall, 2M1-i
New York, New York 10027
Phone: (212) 851-9506
February 27, 2015Inversions Conference
February 18, 2015Blue Sky Lunch: C. Scott Hemphill
February 11, 2015Blue Sky Lunch: Sarath Sanga
December 18, 2015Israel, the US, & the Shifting Energy Landscape
November 11, 2011Capital Structure in Major Corporations
November 6-7, 2014JD/MBAs Part of Winning Team at ABI
November 5, 2014Competitiveness in US Manufacturing