Executives in Residence

The Executives in Residence program at Columbia Business School brings senior executives from a wide range of industries to counsel students on their academic and career goals, lecture in class, and advise clubs. These executives are leaders in their field who are recently retired or semi-retired from one career and avidly pursue other activities and boards.

Eduardo G. Mestre is a Senior Advisor at Evercore and former Chairman of Global Advisory and one of the firm’s two most senior investment bankers. Eduardo was Vice Chairman with responsibility for the management of the firm’s U.S. advisory practice from 2004-2012. Evercore Partners is a leading investment banking boutique providing advisory services on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings and other strategic corporate transactions. Prior to joining Evercore, Eduardo served as Chairman of Citigroup’s Global Investment Bank and, prior to that, he spent six years as head of investment banking and six years as co-head of mergers and acquisitions at Salomon Smith Barney. As head of investment banking, Eduardo led Salomon’s business integration efforts arising from the various mergers that led to the creation of Citigroup. Prior to joining Salomon in 1977, he practiced law at Cleary Gottlieb.


Past Media Executives in Residence include:

  • Michael D. White, former President and CEO of DIRECTV
  • Leo Hindery, Managing Partner, InterMedia Partners
  • Dan Rosensweig, President & CEO, Chegg
  • Jeff Zucker, former President & CEO, NBC Universal
  • William Baker, former CEO, Educational Broadcasting Corporation
  • Rich Zannino, former CEO, Dow Jones