Advisory Board

Economics & Finance

Wendy Agnew, Consultant, General Electric
Ms Agnew began her career as a Financial Analyst for Morgan Stanley. She then took a position as Senior VP International Equities for GE, and later, as Senior VP, Global Equities for US Trust Co. She is now a consultant to GE Asset Management for International Equities. Ms Agnew has been a guest lecturer at SHU. She earned her MBA at Northwestern University.


Michael Dineen, Vice President, Portfolio Manager at Atlantic Asset Management.
Manages and trades credit securities including structured products and a distressed debt fund; serves as a member of the Atlantic's investment strategy committee. Was Managing Director and portfolio manager for $30 billion corporate fixed income and private equity investments at AXA/MONY Group. Received four Lipper awards ranking #1 for a fixed income fund. Served on two private equity Investment Advisory Boards. Invested $150 million in private equity funds and several LBO co-investments for AXA/MONY Group. Created a private equity fund-to-funds product. Prior positions include Co-Manager of General Electric Investment Corporation's $300 million High Yield portfolio and Computer Auditor at Deloitte Haskins & Sells. A CPA and CFA, serves as Board member of Stamford CFA Society and Chairman of University Relations (nominated for two consecutive years for Society Excellence Award), and as member of the CT Society of CPA's and National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts. Adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University and guest lecturer at various universities. Earned an MBA from SHU and BBA from Pace University and is the 2011 recipient of SHU Alumni Award.


Susan Durrell, Director Client Services, The Common Fund
Ms Durrell has spent her entire career at The Common Fund where she now holds the position of Director Client Services. She was a member of the College of Business Advisory Board, received the Distinguished Alumna Award from SHU and has been a guest lecturer. She earned her MBA at SHU.


Richard M. Levich, Professor of Finance and International Business and Deputy Chair of the Department of Finance, New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Previously, he served as the Chairman of Stern's International Business Program. Professor Levich is also a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a founding editor of The Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting. Professor Levich has lectured in many executive education programs including the Wharton Executive MBA Program, Kiel (Germany) World Institute, Swiss Finance Institute (Geneva), J.P Morgan, Chase Manhattan Bank, ABN-Amro, and Bankers Trust. He has been a consultant or visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Professor Levich has published more than fifty articles on various topics dealing with international finance, and is the author or editor of fifteen books Levich received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.


Richard Parower, J&W Seligman – Managing Director and Portfolio Manager
Mr. Parower is Vice President with Seligman since April 2000. Prior to joining Seligman, from June 1998 to April 2000, he was a Senior Analyst with Citibank Global Asset Management and covered Global IT Services. From September 1995 to June 1998, he was a Senior Analyst with Montgomery Asset Management and from June 1993 to September 1995, he was a securities analyst for G.T. Capital Management.


Michael Pascuma, Vice President of Credit Derivative Trading, Nomura International
Graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2003 with Honors receiving a Dual Major in Finance and Business as well as a Minor in Accounting. Was the recipient of the Excellence in Finance Certificate and Outstanding Achievement Award in Finance and Economics. Worked at Lehman Brothers for five years in the Credit Business. Positions ranged from Credit Operations Manager, Sales Support Manger, to Credit Trader focusing mainly in the Credit Derivative Business carrying an Assistant Vice President title. From there, stayed with the Credit Trading team at Barclays for a year before accepting a position at Nomura on the Credit Desk helping build their credit franchise.


Bluford Putnam, Chief Economist, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group
Dr. Putnam has extensive experience in the financial industry, ranging from central banking to investment research to portfolio management. He has held positions of a Managing Partner for Bayesian Edge Technology & Solutions, Ltd.,(a financial risk management and portfolio advisory service), EQA Partners, LP (a boutique currency and global macro portfolio management company), a President of CDC Investment Management Corporation, a Managing Director and the Chief Investment Officer for Equities and Asset Allocation with the Global Investment Management department of the Bankers Trust Company in New York.
Dr. Putnam is also a featured speaker and writer in the conferences and volumes produced by the CFA Institute on risk management for asset management, with a primary focus on global portfolio management. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Tulane University in New Orleans, and his B.A. from Florida Presbyterian College (later renamed Eckerd College) in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has authored five books on international finance and portfolio management, many academic articles which have appeared in such journals as The American Economic Review, while also publishing an eclectic assortment of articles for the business press. At various times, he has served on the adjunct faculties of business schools of The Wharton School, New York University, and Columbia University.


Ray Quinlan, Executive VP, CIT
Mr. Quinlan spent most of his business career at Citigroup where his last position was that of Chairman & CEO of Retail Distribution North America; he recently joined CIT where he holds the position of Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking. Mr. Quinlan has been an adjunct professor at SHU. He earned his PhD at CUNY and his MBA, at NYU.


Dominick Salvatore, Distinguished Professor of Economics and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Economics, Fordham University
Dr. Salvatore is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and past Chairman of its Economics Section. He is a Consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Economic Policy Institute, and several major international corporations and global banks. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Policy Modeling and the Open Economies Review, the Associate Editor of The American Economist and Frontiers in Finance and Economics, and the past Editor of the Handbook Series in Economics, Greenwood Press. Dr. Salvatore is the author of the world’s leading textbook on international economics. His book, Theory and Problems of Microeconomics, has been translated into 16 languages, with more than 800,000 copies sold. In all, he has published 51 volumes


Vincent Santilli, First VP, Retail and Business Banking Division, Peoples United Bank
Vincent Santilli, a 26-year veteran of People’s United Bank, is responsible for driving sales, growth and strategic initiatives in People’s United’s 84 branch in-store banking network and for the Bank’s partnership with the Stop & Shop supermarket company. He also partners with People’s Securities Inc. to ensure the success of brokerage licensed branch employees in the Bank Investment Sales Program. In addition, he manages the internal promotional activities to generate sales and growth across the Bank’s entire footprint as well as has responsibility for the bank’s Community Relations matters. Mr. Santilli has been the host of a sports talk show on WICC for many years and was also a member of the College of Business Advisory Board. He earned his MBA at SHU.


Lúcio Vinhas de Souza, Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. - Managing Director and Sovereign Chief Economist at Moody’s Investors Service
Dr. Vinhas de Souza holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Prior to joining Moody’s in 2011, he was an economist at the World Bank. He worked before as the Head of the Russia/Belarus Desk at the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG-ECFIN) of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. He formerly held the position of Economist at the United Nations Secretariat, at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). He has also held positions as a Senior Economist at the Kiel Institute for World Economics (IfW) in Kiel, Germany, as a Fellow at the ECARES-Free University of Brussels, as a Visiting Researcher at the Central Banks of Estonia and Germany, and worked in European Union, European Parliament, World Bank Group and USAID projects. His main research areas are in macroeconomics, monetary and international economics. He has a considerable list of publications in different languages.