With appreciation of his good fortune, Rich recalls a Kellogg banking course taught by legendary Dean Donald Jacobs. "It was inspiring that someone with his renown and esteem was so accessible and willing to share his experiences. I remember vigorous discussions and debate and great ideas." Unlike many of his fellow classmates, Rich came to business school straight out of college. "I was young and a bit intimidated, but pleasantly surprised by the quick camaraderie and collaboration." Prior to attending Kellogg, Rich earned his BA in Fine Arts from Binghamton University. After receiving his MBA, he was hired by Merrill Lynch, where he joined the Equity Division as a Sales Trader in Chicago. He rose through the ranks becoming Global Head of Credit Research and Global Co-Head of Leveraged Finance. After 14 years at Merrill, he moved to Deutsche Bank in 1999, where he became head of Global Capital Markets, and ultimately CEO of Deutsche Bank Securities. In 2013, he joined Benefit Street Partners as President. Benefit Street Partners is a credit investment manager with approximately $12 billion of assets under management.

Richard Byrne '85

"I want to see Kellogg thrive and become the best business school in the country."