Jeffrey E. Garten serves as chairman of Garten Rothkopf. Garten is also associated with the Yale School of Management, where he became the Juan Trippe Professor in the Practice of International Trade, Finance and Business in July 2005. During the previous decade he was the dean of the school. While he held that position, the Yale SOM established an International Center for Finance; an International Institute for Corporate Governance; the Sachem Venture Capital Fund for Projects in New Haven; the Yale SOM - Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures; and an executive MBA program in Health Care Management. The number of student applications increased 75%, the size of the faculty grew by 42%, and the School's endowment increased from $137 million to $362 million.
Garten currently serves on the boards of directors of the Aetna Corporation, CarMax, Credit Suisse Asset Management, The International Rescue Committee and The Conference Board. He previously served on the boards of Alcan Corp. and Calpine Inc., and on the international advisory boards of Toyota and the Chicago Climate Exchange.
Garten was the undersecretary of commerce for international trade in the first Clinton administration, where he focused on promoting American business interests in many big emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil, Turkey, Poland, Indonesia and South Africa. He was deeply involved in the conclusion of the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations and in helping the U.S. and China negotiate Beijing’s entry into the WTO.
From 1979 to 1992, Garten worked on Wall Street as a managing director of Lehman Brothers and the Blackstone Group. During this time, he worked as an advisor to the governments of several developing countries including Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Zaire, Turkey and Indonesia, helping them to tap international markets, negotiate deals with foreign banks and multinational companies, and restructure their debts. He also built up and directed the Asian investment banking business for Lehman from Tokyo, and led the restructuring of some of the world’s largest shipping companies in Hong Kong.
From 1973 to 1978, he served on the White House Council on international economic policy in the Nixon administration and on the policy planning staffs of Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Cyrus Vance in the Ford and Carter administrations. During this time, he was actively involved in development policy, including a range of issues that encompassed the IMF, World Bank, regional development banks and USAID.
He is the author of A Cold Peace: America, Japan, Germany and the Struggle for Supremacy, The Big Ten: The Big Emerging Markets and How They Will Change Our Lives, The Mind of the CEO, and The Politics of Fortune: A New Agenda For Business Leaders. He has also edited and contributed to the anthology, World View: Global Strategies for the New Economy. From 1997 to 2005, he wrote a monthly column for BusinessWeek. His articles have also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Harvard Business Review, and Foreign Affairs.
Garten holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College, 1968, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, 1980, where he specialized in International Economics and International Organizations. From 1968 to 1972, he served as a lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division and a captain in the U.S. Army Special Forces. In 1971, he was a military advisor to the Royal Thai Army.
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