You are here
Patrick Combes ’78
Chairman and CEO, Viel & Cie and Compagnie Financière Tradition, France
Patrick Combes assumed leadership of Viel & Cie in 1979, subsequently transforming the company from a modest domestic player in France into a holding company controlling CFT, Compagnie Financière Tradition, one of the world’s leading interdealer brokers.
A leader in a broad range of financial products, the company operates a large network of subsidiaries in the world’s major financial centers—London, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore—but in total present in 27 countries and has more than 2,000 employees around the world.
In addition, Mr. Combes is the shareholder of Bourse Direct, which is the fourth-largest online broker in France, and he also has a 40 percent stake in Swiss Life, a private bank.
Mr. Combes is a member of the BIM commission since 2001 (Fédération Bancaire Française), of the strategic committee of Paris Europlace since 1994 and of the Euro 50 Group. He is also vice president of the Turgot Association and a member of the board of directors of Planet Finance since 2003.
Mr. Combes attended the École des Affaires Européennes (ESCP-EAP) in Paris and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a knight of the Légion d’honneur, a distinguished decoration in France.
News & Ideas
R. Gopalakrishnan of Tata Sons offers a surprising take on what’s truly new.Read More
Louis Bacon ’81 Donates Generously to Manhattanville Project
Louis Bacon ’81, has made a generous donation to Columbia Business School from The Moore Charitable Foundation (MCF).Read More
Columbia Business School Professor Predicts How Changes in Banking Laws Could Fuel Emerging Economies of Tomorrow
New research tracks emerging countries’ economics activity after law changes and finds a boost in access to credit; increase in employment rate; increase in productivity and sales for firmsRead More
Low-Calorie Menus Could Be Making Us Fat
When lighter options are grouped together, diners opt for heavier meals.Read More
Engineering Smarter Schools
Supporting public schools’ use of technology is a necessary but daunting challenge—one that makes Samantha Brenner ’08 tick.Read More
Reaching for the Stars
In November, NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra ’13 will blast off into space.Read More
A Fair Hearing for Sovereign Debt
Market-based solutions to sovereign-debt crises have a high potential for chaos. A prime example: Argentina’s default.Read More
As vice president and controller for Swann Galleries, Andrew Ansorge '76 wears many hats. Here, he talks about his presence in and intrigue with the New York art scene.Read More
Can't Meet Anyone Online? It's Not All Your Fault.
Seeking a match online? Whether its a new job or a date, fewer choices may lead to better matches.Read More