After more than 25 years in investment banking, financial expert Mark Ritter recently took on a new position at Sacred Heart University as executive-in-residence at the Jack Welch College of Business (WCOB). Ritter will assist in teaching and mentoring students who want to pursue careers in finance.
“Mark brings a tremendous amount of energy and ideas to the College, and we are indeed fortunate to have him take on this role,” said John Chalykoff, dean of the WCOB. “In just a short period of time, he has helped shape our vision for the future by providing a mutually beneficial model for our collaboration with industry. He has become an indispensable addition to the WCOB, and the strategic thinking and judgment he brings to his role as executive-in-residence provides an invaluable opportunity for our students to learn from his mentorship.”
Ritter has expertise in managing large, multinational, cross-product portfolios. He remains on the Boards of several companies, where he provides strategic advice on capital requirements, funding, client acquisition and overall budgeting, among other business segments.
“My main goal as executive-in-residence at Sacred Heart University will be to give back what I have learned from being on Wall Street and assist our students in broadening their horizons,” said Ritter. “I want to bridge the gap between theoretical finance and applied finance and help students understand what markets mean from a practical perspective. We plan to give them meaningful, real-time and real-life projects and work with them to expand problem-based learning.”
Throughout Ritter’s career, he has held executive positions for leading global financial institutions. He was chief operating officer of Global Credit Trading at Deutsche Bank AG, where he guided the business management function globally and the exposure management team for stochastic credit risk. He also held positions as global head of commodities and head of foreign exchange (North America) at Deutsche Bank.
In addition, Ritter was global head of commodities and head of credit exposure management at UBS AG, and he previously held various trading positions in London, Tokyo, Sydney and Melbourne.
Ritter graduated with honors from La Trobe University in Melbourne, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. He lives in Westport.