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September 28, 2021 at 6:10 pm

Economics’ ‘Connect with Alumni’ series kicks off with Rosewood COO John Purcell on Oct. 6

From Ohio University News

The Economics Department starts a new speaker series called “Connect with Distinguished Ohio Economics Alumni” with a webinar featuring John Purcell on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.

“We want our students to be able to connect with OHIO alumni who are making an impact in the world,” said Dr. Julia Paxton, professor and Economics Department undergraduate chair.

Purcell is Chief Operating Officer of Rosewood Capital Management, which is breaking into the music patent industry. After earning both a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Economics, he worked for a number of firms analyzing financial markets.

During the webinar, Purcell will discuss how an economics degree has helped shape his career and offer career advice for students interested in studying economics.

“These engaging sessions with students and alumni are a great opportunity to help our students network with industry leaders,” added Dr. Florenz Plassmann, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “The department plans to host a diverse range of alumni who used their economics degrees to launch successful careers in a wide range of fields.”

Purcell has 30 years of financial markets experience in fixed income capital markets, trading, and asset management. He spent the majority of his sell-side career with Salomon Brothers and the successor companies including Citigroup, becoming global head of Fixed Income Syndicate and North American Capital Markets, responsible for all Fixed Income Syndicate functions including capital commitment and risk management for investment grade, high yield, emerging markets, asset-backed securities, structured products, and private placements.

Purcell also spent seven years with King Street Capital Management as co-head of Capital Markets and Investor Relations. He has extensive firsthand knowledge of the entire life cycle of debt, from its creation to its role in portfolio construction for end investors. He has had significant direct experience with the key participants involved in these various stages, including issuers, underwriters, investors and consultants. Through this experience, he has a developed a clear understanding of the needs and modus operandi of the key decision makers at each level and stage. He also has considerable experience restructuring, building and managing teams in the financial sector.



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