Jeffrey E. Garten


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Jeffrey E. Garten

Dean Emeritus

Yale School of Management

Jeffrey E. Garten is dean emeritus at the Yale School of Management, where he teaches courses on the global economy and crisis management. 


He was dean from 1995 – 2005 and has been teaching at the school since he stepped down. Before that, he was the United States undersecretary of commerce for international trade, 1993-1995, where he focused on trade and investment policy towards big emerging markets—particularly China, India, and Brazil. 


Before government service he spent 13 years on Wall Street. As a managing director of Lehman Brothers, he specialized in debt restructuring in Latin America, built up Lehman’s investment banking business in Asia, and restructured some of the world’s largest shipping companies in Hong Kong. Later he worked on mergers and acquisitions for the Blackstone Group. 


From 1997-2005 he wrote a monthly column for BusinessWeek on major challenges facing global business leaders. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the Harvard Business Review. He is the author of A Cold Peace: America, Japan, Germany, and the Struggle for Supremacy; The Big Ten: Big Emerging Markets and How They Will Change Our Lives; The Mind of the CEO; The Politics of Fortune: A New Agenda for Business Leaders; and From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives


A graduate of Dartmouth College (BA, 1968) and Johns Hopkins University (PhD, 1980), from 1968-1972 he served as an officer in the 82nd Airborne, aide-de-camp to the commanding general of the Special Forces, and advisor to the Royal Thai Army. 


He is married to Ina Garten (“The Barefoot Contessa”), author of eleven best-selling cookbooks and host of an Emmy-award winning cooking show on TV around the world. 

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