NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Business School today announced that Henry Swieca, a 1983 graduate, has been appointed to its Board of Overseers. An advisory body comprising more than 100 alumni and prominent business leaders, the Board of Overseers provides support and strategic counsel to the Business School in its quest to deliver unparalleled management education.
Under the leadership of co-chairs Henry Kravis, MBA '69, and Arthur Samberg, MBA '67, the members of Board of Overseers promote an environment in which the School's faculty can advance the institution's thought leadership and where students and alumni can continue to shape the world of business. The collective depth and breadth of the board's experience and track record of success in business ensures that the School's academic programs are well connected to key industries, and through their direct involvement with students, board members demonstrate how academic theories influence and come to life in the real world.
"I am excited to welcome Henry to the Board of Overseers," said Dean Glenn Hubbard. "Given his business knowledge and expertise, along with his familiarity with Columbia Business School, I am certain he will provide tremendous insight to our community. I look forward to working closely with him in the years ahead."
Upon his appointment, Mr. Swieca remarked: "It is an honor to have the opportunity to give back to an institution that is helping to train new generations of business leaders. Columbia Business School provided me with the foundational knowledge I needed to achieve professional success, and I have carried the lessons I learned in the classroom with me through all of my business ventures. I look forward to working with the School's administration, faculty, students, and alumni to ensure that Columbia continues to be a global leader in management education."
Henry Swieca is the founder of Talpion Fund Management, a New York-based family office. Prior to launching Talpion in 2010, Mr. Swieca co-founded the global alternative investment management firm Highbridge Capital Management with childhood friend Glenn Dubin in 1992. He served as the firm's chief investment officer from inception to its acquisition by JPMorgan Chase in 2009. As Highbridge CIO, he guided the firm through multiple market cycles as it achieved one of the best risk-adjusted returns in the hedge fund industry.
Mr. Swieca began his career in 1980 at Merrill Lynch & Co. as a registered representative. In 1982, he was one of the original floor traders at the New York Futures Exchange, where he traded equity index options. In 1984, while at E.F. Hutton & Co., he co-founded Dubin & Swieca Capital Management, an alternative investment management firm that preceded Highbridge Capital.
Over the course of his distinguished career, Mr. Swieca has held senior-level positions at various financial services firms, including serving as an advisor to institutional investors at Dillon Read and as senior vice president specializing in asset allocation and portfolio management at E.F. Hutton.
A child of Holocaust survivors, Henry Swieca grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. In addition to his MBA from Columbia Business School, he holds a BA from Stony Brook University. Mr. Swieca is involved in and supports numerous civic and religious organizations in the United States and abroad, including the American-Israel Education Foundation, The Frisch School, and the National World War II Museum, among others.
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Columbia Business School is the only world-class, Ivy League business school that delivers a learning experience where academic excellence meets with real-time exposure to the pulse of global business. Led by Dean Glenn Hubbard, the School's transformative curriculum bridges academic theory with unparalleled exposure to real-world business practice, equipping students with an entrepreneurial mindset that allows them to recognize, capture, and create opportunity in any business environment. The thought leadership of the School's faculty and staff, combined with the accomplishments of its distinguished alumni and position in the center of global business, means that the School's efforts have an immediate, measurable impact on the forces shaping business every day. To learn more about Columbia Business School's position at the very center of business, please visit www.gsb.columbia.edu.
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