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Jean-Claude Gruffat

Chair, Resource Development Worldwide Board of Trustees
Member United Way Worldwide Leadership Council
Managing Director Galileo Global Advisors
New York, New York

Jean-Claude Gruffat has recently joined Galileo Global Advisors in New York as a Managing Director.

Prior to this move, he was posted in New York as a Managing Director for Citigroup since April 2011. He acted as a senior calling officer worldwide on large multinational company’s clients of the firm. Before this global assignment, he was for 12 years Citi Country Officer for France.

During his posting in Paris, Jean Claude ran for over 10 years the Global Relationship Banking teams for France, Belgium and Luxembourg. He had the opportunity during this time to work on many complex transactions of mergers and acquisitions, funds raising through equity and bonds issuance, $ and Euros, syndicated facilities, hedging of currency and interest rates exposure. He also offered innovative solutions to manage the cash flows of large multinationaux. He then served for a few years as a director of Citibank International plc, headquartered in London.

Between 1973 and 1994, he had several international assignments in Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Macau, and China, then North America for Banque Indosuez, controlled by the Compagnie de Suez.

Between 1987 and 1994, he ran the North American operations of Banque Indosuez, combining the management of the currency options global book of the firm , as tell as its government bonds trading.

He sat on the board of Levesque Beaubien, one of the 5 largest stockbrokers in Canada until he joined Citi in 1998.

From 1994 to 1996, he was Executive Vice President and Management Board member of Banque Indosuez, running global investment banking, equities, emerging markets and the Americas out of Paris.

After the acquisition of Banque Indosuez by Credit Agricole, early 1996, Jean-Claude was appointed Chairman Asia Pacific of Credit Agricole Indosuez, based in Singapore, overseeing the bank operations in 19 countries.

For 3 consecutive years, 2008 till 2011, he was President of the American Chamber of Commerce in France.

In the US, Jean Claude is a securities principal registered with FINRA, holding series 63, 79 and 24. He has been a foreign trade adviser to the French Prime Minister since 1984.

Jean Claude Gruffat is a Governor of the American Hospital of Paris, a Director of the American Hospital of Paris Foundation, a Director of the DC based Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Trustee of the New York French Institute Alliance Francaise, and a Founder of Institut des Libertes. He was recently nominated for a 3 years term effective May 2014 to the Board of Trustees of United Way Worldwide headquartered in Alexandria, VA.

He is a member of the Economic Club of New York and of the Union League Club, of the Hong Kong Club, and Cercle de l’Union Interalliee,

Jean Claude Gruffat has a PhD in public law and a master in political science from the University of Lyon, France.  He attended in 1987 the Stanford Executive Program, GSB, Stanford University, CA.