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Jesse J. Greene

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.

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Events

June 19, 2014

Jesse Greene, Richman Senior Fellow, will speak at NACD Directorship 2020: Future Trends and the Boardroom>

June 17, 2014

Jesse Greene, Richman Senior Fellow, will speak at "U.S. Cybercrime 2014: Understanding Today's Changing Threat Landscape," organized by Sandpiper Partners, LLC at the Yale Club in New York

May 15, 2014

Blue Sky Lunch featuring Michelle White on "Using Bankruptcy to Reduce Foreclosures">

April 29. 2014

Public Lecture Series: A Discussion with Neal Soss, Chief Economist at Credit Suisse>

April 2, 2014

Intelligence Squared Debate: More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall is Obsolete>

 

New Public Lecture Series

A Discussion with Neal Soss, Chief Economist at Credit Suisse

Columbia Business School
Room 141
6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

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The world economies seem to be recovering from the financial crisis of 2008, but where are they headed? What opportunities will there be? What challenges will be faced by policy makers? What new forces are at work that we haven’t faced before? Unlike past recoveries we are confronted with unique challenges. In fact three big trends are interacting in ways that will impact all economies. Potential GDP growth rates are slowing in most large economies, populations of large nations with big GDPs are aging and the economic wellbeing of everyone is being impacted by inequality of income and wealth. Join us to understand these issues better and what policy challenges our leaders will have to address. Get a grip on what it means to you, your country and those around you as Neal Soss, Vice Chairman, Research at Credit Suisse explores many aspects of these three dynamics that will impact us all.

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New Intelligence Squared Debate

More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall is Obsolete
April 2, 2014
6:45 - 8:15 p.m

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Participant Jonathan Cole, Provost and Dean Emeritus of Columbia University.
Event recap and video available now!

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