Jean-Pierre Reichenbach

Jean-Pierre Reichenbach ’70BUS earned his MBA from Columbia Business School in 1970, and his undergraduate degree in economics (econometrics) from the Faculté de Droit et Sciences Economiques de Paris in 1969. In his professional career, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Digital Equipment France, Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions at Alcatel, and Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at Nexans. After retiring in 2010, he spent five more years as a business consultant for Nexans, implementing Group Employee Share Offerings Plans in over 20 countries. During his 28-year career in the M&A field, Reichenbach closed about 150 deals involving approximately 500 companies or businesses located in 35 different countries. He traveled extensively in 50 countries. From 2001 to 2012, Reichenbach served in the Ambassador program of the Business School, interviewing candidates. In 2014, he was elected President of the Columbia University Club of France / CAA-France. Under his leadership, the CUCF received the CAA Regional Club Award of Excellence in 2016. He has extended his service to the University by serving on the Board of the CAA since 2017. In recognition of his contributions, he has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Columbia Global Centers I Paris. In line with the “One Columbia” approach of increasing relations across schools and generations, CAA-France contributes to the development of Columbia’s presence in France, with the Global Centers I Paris, the Institute for Ideas & Imagination and the Columbia Undergraduate Programs in Paris. Beyond Columbia, Reichenbach’s philanthropic interests include Art History and Baroque Music. With his wife, Solange, a former free-lance Conference Interpreter, they are the happy parents of three daughters and two grandchildren.

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