Chris ANDERSEN
Founding Partner, G.C. Andersen Partners LLC, USA

Referred to by The New York Times as one of Wall Street's most creative investment bankers, Chris Andersen is widely recognized as a creator of the high yield bond industry. With deals totaling over $100 billion, he is responsible for some of the most innovative and notable investment banking transactions. Before founding G.C. Andersen Partners in 1996, Mr. Andersen was Vice Chairman of PaineWebber and head of the Investment Banking Group at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. and a member of its Board of Directors and Investment Banking Executive and Underwriting Assistance Committees (which reviewed an average of 600 transactions per year).

 

Mr. Andersen is a guest speaker around the world and has appeared on television programs including CNN's “Money Line.” He has written articles for The New York Times, Fortune and Inc. and is regularly interviewed by such media as The Wall St. Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, Barron's and Fortune.

 

He is the founder of the Cleantech Venture Challenge at his alma mater, the University of Colorado (CU).  As a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at CU, he endowed a professorship to promote effective communications skills throughout the curriculum.  He has also been a member of the International Advisory Council of the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University in Beijing, China, on the Advisory Board of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Asia Pacific Policy, an Associate of the Milken Institute and a board member on its SAVE Initiative.

 

He was a sponsor of the New York Philharmonic concert in Pyongyang and was invited to come to China to lecture at the Yanbian University of Science and Technology where he was awarded an Honorary Professorship. He and his wife sponsored the 19-story recital hall and dormitory building at the Manhattan School of Music, which is the cornerstone of the school’s successful positioning as a leading international conservatory of music. Mr. Andersen is a member of the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of New York (JANY), where he crafted and funded their signature Business Plan Competition.

 

Mr. Andersen is currently a Director Emeritus of Terex Corporation, one of the largest heavy equipment companies in the world. From inception to 2016 he served on the board of XPO Logistics, one of the 10 largest providers of transportation and logistics services in North America and Europe. He has also served on the boards of United Waste Systems, United Artists Theatres and Millennium Cell. Mr. Andersen received a BS from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

 

Recently, his interests have taken a unique turn. While he continues to run his investment bank and advisory firm five days a week, he has become a pig farmer.  He is raising a truly unique breed of pig called the Mangalitsa which tastes so delicious it is frequently referred to as the Kobe pork and he is helping to save it and its unique genometrics from extinction.  The saga has turned into one of the most interesting and exciting ventures of his life.