Leadership

Patricia Angus

Adjunct Professor of Management

Managing Director, Family Business Program

E-mail: pma36@gsb.columbia.edu

Biography

Professor Patricia Angus, JD, MIA, TEP, is an adjunct professor Management Division of Columbia Business School and Managing Director of the Family Business Program. In 2012, she launched the popular Family Enterprise and Wealth course. She is founder and CEO of Angus Advisory Group LLC, an independent consulting firm. A recognized thought leader in multi-generational family governance and wealth, she has advised global families with businesses, trusts, and charitable foundations for more than two decades.

Professor Angus has practiced law at trusts and estates boutique Hughes and Whitaker (now Day Pitney) and Coudert Brothers international law firm (now Baker & McKenzie). She served as principal and chief wealth advisory officer of Shelterwood Financial Services LLC and as a family wealth advisor at GenSpring and JP Morgan Private Bank.

She is the author of The Trustee Primer: A Guide for Personal Trustees, Pritzker Family Enterprise: A Family Governance Case Study (Columbia CaseWorks) and she writes the “Building Bridges” column on www.wealthmanagement.com. She is a member of the advisory boards of the Carter Center and the NYC Family Enterprise Center, and serves on the editorial advisory boards of Trusts & Estates and Family Firm Institute (FFI) Practitioner. She has written numerous articles on topics including family wealth, businesses, trusts, estate planning, philanthropy, and women’s issues, and frequently speaks at industry and family events.

In 2015, Angus Advisory Group was named as a finalist for Family Business Advisor of the year by the UK-based Society of Trusts & Estates Practitioners (STEP). Professor Angus has been named one of the “Top 50 Women in Wealth Management” by Wealth Manager, a “Rising Star” by Private Asset Management, and twice named in the “Top 100 North American Wealth Advisers” by CityWealth. She holds a BA cum laude from Amherst College, a master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a JD from George Washington University Law School.

Michael Preston

Adjunct Professor of Management

Co-director of the Family Business Program

E-mail: mp449@gsb.columbia.edu

Biography

Professor Michael Preston is an Adjunct Professor Columbia Business School and co-director of the Family Business Program.

Professor Preston has been teaching at Columbia Business School since 1998 and has helped to found the Family Business Program.  In 2008 he initiated his course Family Business Management and has been teaching it to MBAs and to Global EMBA students. He taught Entrepreneurship in his course Managing the Growing Company for 17 years.  He also taught Entrepreneurship at HEC in Paris, at Tsinghua in Beijing and in Nairobi at USIU

Professor Preston co-authored The Road to Success: How to Manage Growth (John Wiley & Sons, 1998) and speaks to various audiences on topics related to management, organizational growth, and family business.  During a 28-year-tenure at Grant Thornton LLP, Professor Preston assisted businesses as a management consultant, regional director, partner, and consulting department head of the firm’s largest practice. His areas of expertise include family business and management topics such as leadership, management, strategic planning, organizational structure, and change management

He is a founder and director of the Cherkin Preston Foundation, which is dedicated to educating children in Kenya. Previously, he was president of the Board of Trustees of NYANA supporting immigrants in New York City.

Professor Preston holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a BA from Ithaca College.

Daniel Wolfenzon

Stefan H. Robock Professor of Finance and Economics

Co-director of the Family Business Program

E-mail: dw2382@gsb.columbia.edu

Biography

Daniel Wolfenzon is the Stefan H. Robock Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School and co-director of the Family Business Program. Before joining the school in 2008, he taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, and NYU Stern School of Business. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Wolfenzon’s research interests include corporate finance and organizational economics. He has studied control sharing in small firms, the effects of investor protection on ownership concentration, and the structure of business groups around the world. His most recent research focuses on family firms; he has also examined the consequences of family succession on firm performance and the importance of managerial talent in family-controlled firms.

Professor Wolfenzon’s work has been published in top economic and finance journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Finance, and Journal of Financial Economics. He received the Jensen Prize (second place) for best paper on corporate finance and organizations published in the Journal of Financial Economics in both 2002 and 2005.

He holds an MA and PhD in economics from Harvard University and a BS in economics and a BS in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jack Mitchell

Executive in Residence

E-mail: jackm@mitchells.com

Biography

Jack Mitchell is chairman of the Mitchell Stores (Mitchells, Richards, Wilkes, Mario’s), a three-generation family business that operates men’s and women’s specialty stores in Connecticut, New York, California, Washington, and Oregon. Mitchell has been recognized as one of the top ten retail visionaries of his time by the Daily News Record, one of the most widely-read US retail trade publications.

After earning a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA from the University of California-Berkeley, Mitchell joined his family’s business, Ed Mitchell Inc., which was founded by his parents and later became Mitchells of Westport. In 1995, the business acquired Richards, the leading men’s clothing store in Greenwich, Connecticut. More recently, the Mitchell Stores added Marsh’s of Huntington, Long Island, and Wilkes Bashford of San Francisco and Palo Alto, California.

Under Mitchell’s leadership, the Mitchell Stores became well known for employee engagement and longevity, and for providing exceptional customer service. His first book, "Hug Your Customers: The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results," was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. He is also the author of "Hug Your People: The Proven Way to Hire, Inspire, and Recognize Your Employees to Achieve Remarkable Results." He has delivered the keynote address at more than 200 events for firms and universities, including Morgan Stanley, Condé Nast, Payless, Nike, Starbucks, Wells Fargo, and Harvard University. In 2005, he was named one of “26 Entrepreneurs We Love” by Inc. Magazine.

Mitchell currently serves on the board of the Yale Cancer Center and as a trustee of Greenwich Hospital. In addition, he is an active leader on the Mitchells’ sales floors, where he works with his brother, his wife, and his business’s third generation: his three sons and three nephews.

Camille Korschun

Senior Associate Director

E-mail: ck518@gsb.columbia.edu

Biography

Camille Korschun is Senior Associate Director at the Family Business Program. Prior to joining Columbia Business School, Camille co-founded the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa), a K-8 public school in Hoboken, NJ. She has also worked as an international marketing manager at L’Oreal. She began her career as one of the first employees at Delia’s, which grew from a start-up catalog company to a national multi-channel brand. Camille graduated with a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.