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Francine Columbus, M.B.A.


MSMC 5002 Strategy and Communications

Fran Columbus has been a finance, strategy and operations executive with public, private and not-for profit organizations for over 30 years.  She has extensive experience in business acquisitions and divestures, new product launches, business startups and joint ventures.  Her financial background encompasses implementations of accounting/management reporting systems and forecasting processes, successful financings, including a public debt offering and financial models supporting strategic options.

Fran has held senior positions with major for-profit institutions including, Times Mirror, Primedia, Citicorp, Tambrands, Pepsico and Dewey Ballantine.  She has also served in the public sector - most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Mosaica Education, a charter school management company and Chief Operating Officer of the JCC in Manhattan.

Ms. Columbus holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Simmons College and an MBA from Columbia University.  She is currently Treasurer of Dance Theater Workshop and has served on various industry, community and academic boards. In these capacities she has frequently been speaker, moderator or panelist at seminars and conferences.