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Paulson Institute Names New Executive Director


Cynthia Zeltwanger brings broad experience and vision to lead Institute’s strategies and operations

Chicago, ILThe Paulson Institute today announced that Cynthia Zeltwanger has joined the Institute as executive director.  In this role, Zeltwanger will manage daily operations and workflows of the Institute’s staff in the U.S. and China. In concert with Chairman, Henry M. Paulson, Jr. she also will oversee the implementation of programs and policies that support the Institute’s mission.

“I am pleased to welcome Cynthia Zeltwanger to the Paulson Institute,” Paulson said. “Cynthia has the executive leadership skills and management sophistication to build on our initial successes and help drive the Institute forward in its efforts to strengthen relations between the U.S. and China with a focus on sustainable economic growth and a cleaner environment.”

Zeltwanger joins the Paulson Institute after serving as a leadership consultant and adviser at C Zelt Enterprises and Atlas 5 Financial, two consulting organizations which she founded and managed.  Previously, she was the global chief operating officer for NEWEDGE Group. During a 17-year career at FIMAT USA, a subsidiary of Societe Generale, she served in multiple capacities, including chief executive officer and managing director for the Americas, chief operating officer and general manager of the Chicago office, general manager of the New York office, and general counsel.

Zeltwanger earned her J.D. from Kent College of Law and a B.A. in Business Administration from Ball State University. She is affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including Women’s Leadership Collaboration West and Women in Listed Derivatives. Additionally, she is a co-founder of the Women’s Leadership Lab, where she will continue to facilitate periodic leadership programs.