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.

Colin Stretch recently retired as General Counsel of Facebook, Inc., where he led the company’s legal and security teams and was responsible for corporate governance and corporate legal affairs. Colin joined the company in 2010, and during his time there worked on matters ranging from litigation over the company’s founding, to the IPO and its aftermath; from major regulatory investigations in the US and abroad, to congressional testimony relating to foreign interference in the 2016 election; from the acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, to the implementation of major privacy legislation in Europe. During his time at the company, Colin helped the organization scale from under 1,000 employees to over 40,000. Colin’s first role out of law school was as a law clerk for Judge Laurence Silberman on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He then spent a year with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice investigating the major airlines’ response to the rise of low-cost passenger airlines. Following his time at the Department of Justice, he clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer on the United States Supreme Court. Prior to joining Facebook, Colin was a partner at Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Figel in Washington D.C., where he handled litigation, appellate, and regulatory matters. Education: Dartmouth College, AB, 1991; Harvard Law School, JD, 1996. Areas of interest: Technology; Government & Policy.

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