Jesse Greene

Senior Fellow
E-mail: jjg74@columbia.edu

Jesse Greene is currently a consultant and is serving on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Caterpillar, Inc. He retired from IBM at year end 2010. His most recent position at IBM was Vice President Financial Management and Chief Financial Risk Officer, where he was responsible for the identification, assessment and monitoring of financial risk elements for the corporation, and led the corporation’s Financial Risk Management Board. In addition he was responsible for the company's Enterprise Risk Management program, addressing strategic and operating risks, the company’s retirement funds, worldwide real estate operations, credit operations and investor relations.

Mr. Greene began his career at IBM in 1971, and has held a broad range of positions in IBM including Associate Engineer in the Advanced Systems Development division; Tax Attorney from 1975 to 1983; 8 years in the Global Finance unit (financing dealer and end user purchases of IBM products) including the role of Vice President of Special Financing; and Assistant Treasurer for IBM from 1991 to 1994.

In 1994, Mr. Greene left IBM to join Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, first as Treasurer, then Vice President Finance, acting Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Strategy and Information Technology.  In 2000, he joined Compaq Computer Corporation in Houston, Texas and served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning.

In 2002 he returned to IBM as Vice President and Treasurer with responsibility for IBM’s balance sheet and capital structure, cash flow, currency risk management, retirement funds, real estate, investor relations and global tax operations. In 2007 he was named Vice President, Financial Management, continuing his existing responsibilities. In 2009 he assumed the Chief Financial Risk Officer position at IBM. During the period 2002 to 2010 as IBM Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Risk Officer he had responsibility for real estate asset management worldwide. This included acquisition, divestiture, and operations in all geographies. During the period real estate overall costs were reduced each year while accommodating rapid population growth in the emerging markets.

Mr. Greene graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD and Columbia Business School with an MBA. He also holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from New York University School of Engineering and Science. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Economic Club of New York. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Strong Medical Center in Rochester, NY.