Debra Kushma



Strategic Planning & Management Operations


Debra has spent her 25-year career in both financial services and strategic consulting.   As a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, Debra held a broad range of operating positions.  

Highlights include: 

  • Built a European retail investment advisory business, to include building marketing and internet teams with Pan-European capability under a global organizational framework

  • Established the function of Chief Operating Officer for IT – the largest division of Morgan Stanley

  • Established the function of Operating Officer for a newly-formed Asset Management Division and led the integration efforts during acquisitions

  • Acted as Special Assistant to the Morgan Stanley Chief Operating Officer and then President (John Mack), and served on the Operating Committee

  • Created a cross-divisional training effort, including a worldwide training initiative for all Associates, Vice President and Principals. This effort was part of a strategic, firm-wide, market-driven culture shift initiative

  • Established the first institutional marketing effort within Morgan Stanley

  • Debra also headed up client services for a global asset management firm, Fisher Francis Trees & Watt, and was a strategic consultant for Coopers & Lybrand in New York.

  • Debra holds dual US/UK Citizenship. 

  • MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

  • MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics (Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship)

  • BSE in Engineering from Princeton University



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