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Paul B. Guenther

Paul B. Guenther MBA ’64

Paul Guenther was president of PaineWebber Group, Inc., the parent company of PaineWebber Incorporated, until his retirement in 1995. Since then he has focused on the nonprofit sector. He was appointed chairman of the New York Philharmonic in September 1996, where he served until 2009, when he was named chairman emeritus. From 1998 to 2004, he served as chairman of Fordham University, where he continues as a board member.

He is an investor in Walden Capital Partners L.P., a small-business investment company, and a member of its advisory committee. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Guardian Life Insurance Company.

Mr. Guenther earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Fordham University in 1962 and an MBA in finance from the Columbia Business School in 1964. That same year, he began his career as a credit analyst with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. He joined PaineWebber Incorporated in 1966 as a securities analyst and served in a variety of positions. In 1984, when the company realigned its three principal subsidiaries into one, Mr. Guenther became chief administrative officer responsible for administrative services, operations and systems. He assumed responsibility for the firm’s retail sales business in 1987 and for investment banking activities in mid-1988. In late 1988, he was named president of PaineWebber Incorporated, and in 1994, president of PaineWebber Group.

Mr. Guenther was a recipient of an honorary LHD degree from Fordham University in 2005 and an honorary LLD degree from Concordia College in 1992. His organizational associations include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, director; Columbia Business School, overseer; Lenox Hill Hospital, vice chairman; Frost Valley YMCA, chairman; Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, trustee; Cristo Rey New York High School, directors; and the Governor’s Committee on Scholastic Achievement, trustee. He is a former director of the Securities Industry Association and a former president and director of Columbia Business School’s Alumni Association. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts.

 

2014 Social Enterprise Conference

Millennials Rising: What's Next for Sustainability?

When: October 31, 2014,
8:30 am-6:00pm

Location:
The Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10036

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The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. For updates on speakers and sessions, please visit the conference website.

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