Columbia Business School (CBS) welcomed a new member to its Board of Overseers this week: alumnus Henry Swieca (MBA ’83), co-founder of Highbridge Capital and founder of Talpion Fund Management.
Swieca joins more than 100 alumni and prominent business leaders who, as part of the board, provide support and strategic counsel to help the school continue to deliver top-tier management education. Led by co-chairs Henry Kravis, MBA ’69, and Arthur Samberg, MBA ’67, the Board of Overseers is charged with drawing on its collective experience to ensure that the school’s programs are well connected to key industries.
Swieca brings a depth of financial services expertise. In 2010, he founded Talpion Fund Management, a New York-based family office, and prior to that he co-founded global alternative investment management firm Highbridge Capital Management. He served as Highbridge CIO from its inception to its acquisition by JPMorgan Chase in 2009, helping it achieve one of the best risk returns in the hedge fund industry.
In 1982, working for Merrill Lynch & Co., he was one of the original floor traders at the New York Futures Exchange, where he traded equity index options. Over the course of his career, he also has held top positions at a range of firms, including E.F. Hutton & Co. and Dillon Read.
“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,” CBS Dean Glenn Hubbard said in a statement.
Swieca, for his part, is happy for the opportunity to give back to an institution that he credits with helping him succeed. “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,” he said in a statement.