Diane Coogan-Pushner, PhD, CFA
Diane Coogan-Pushner, PhD, CFA
Office Location: Powdermaker Hall 331
Telephone: (718) 997-5457
Fax: (718) 997-5535
Diane Coogan-Pushner is Distinguished Lecturer at
Queens College, City University of New York and Director of the Graduate
Program in Risk Management. Diane has also served as the Associate Dean for
Business for the College. An accomplished financial services professional with
track record of leadership, Diane has strong executive capabilities, having
created and run profitable programs, practice areas, and business units working
collaboratively across functions in a variety of institutions. She was Managing
Director at Swiss Re, and closed over one billion dollars of structured
reinsurance transactions helping clients transfer risk and manage their balance
sheets. Diane was Portfolio manager for the longest running US equity hedge
fund for the financial services sector, and portfolio manager for a private
equity fund dedicated to financial services. Diane created and led the Value
Based Management practice for financial services clients at PwC, developing
valuation and risk models in support of transactions and other value based
management engagements. She led forecasting, planning and corporate
strategy for AT&T’s $18 billion consumer markets, reporting to the CFO,
with responsibilities for earnings attribution, investigation of earnings
anomalies, and cash flow shortfalls. Diane has served as a member of S&P's
Insurance Advisory Council, and served as a director of an insurance company.
She currently provides asset management and risk management consulting services
to institutions. Diane began her career at the World Bank on a project to
recapitalize the banking sector in Uganda. She has published research on topics
of risk and investment performance and is the co-author of The Handbook of
Credit Risk Management. Diane earned her PhD in economics from Boston
University in 1992 and wrote her dissertation on insurance profit cycles. Diane
is a CFA charter holder.
Ph.D., Economics, Boston University. CFA
The Handbook of Credit Risk Management, co-authored with Sylvain Bouteille, John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:
Risk and Return
of Industrial Development Bonds,” Municipal
Finance Journal, forthcoming, Spring, 2016.
of Active Management of Institutional Credit Funds” Conference Proceedings, 5th
FSI Symposium, St. John’s University, 2010.
European Focused Mutual Funds,” American
Business Review, with G. Pushner, and R. Rainish, 2001.
Mutual Fund Performance” with G. Pushner, in
Advances in Pacific Basin Finance, 1998.
Errors and Persistence of Shocks in Insurance Profits, Ph.D. dissertation,
Other Papers and Articles:
“The Threat of
Losing the AAA is Self-Fulfilling,” 2011, Finance Professional’s
Value in Insurance Companies,” 1998, with P. Licht & B. Lynch, Price
Waterhouse White Paper Series, Price Waterhouse, LLP.
Tradition - Manage For Value.” with Peter Licht and Brian Lynch, National
Underwriter / Life & Health Financial Services. July 20 1998, Vol. 102
Issue 29, p21.
Tradition - Manage For Value.” with Peter Licht and Brian Lynch,
National Underwriter / Property & Casualty Risk & Benefits Management.
September 1998, Vol. 102 Issue 36, p67.
Lending Conditionality and Implementation Data: An Analytical Guide,” 1990,
with H. Hettige, The World Bank Working Paper Series No. 28.
Selected Press Coverage:
warn against fear over stock market woes,” AM New York, August 24, 2015.
“Boro pre-foreclosures approach record
high” Times Ledger, October 11, 2012.
“Fear keeps many buyers in market.” Business
Insurance, June 11, 2007, Vol. 41(24), p.14.
insurers post profitable quarter; Despite pricing pressures, combined net
income up 24.1.” Business Insurance, June 4, 2007.
strong results, but prices expected to fall in 2007; Low losses last year means
more capacity for buyers this year.” Business Insurance, April 2,
vehicles differ in design, but all provide form of risk transfer; No single
product dominates industry's menu of alternatives.” Business
Insurance, November 6, 2006.
“P-C Insurers Still
In M&A Slump.” National Underwriter Property & Casualty-Risk
& Benefits Management Edition, April 18, 2001.
“Buyout Firm Calls
Nonlife Insurers A Good Buy in Tech-Heavy Market.” Best's Review,
September 1, 2000.
“Buyout Firm Sees
Good Value in Nonlife Insurers.” Bestwire, July 21, 2000.
News, January 31, 2000
Courses I Teach/Have Taught:
Risk Management: Applied Dynamic Financial Analysis, Enterprise Risk Management
|Sylvain Bouteille, MBA|
|Diane Coogan-Pushner, PhD, CFA|
|Georges Courtadon, PhD|
|Orin Linden, PhD, FCAS, MAAA, ARM|
|Luc Marest, MBA, MS|
|Cara Marshall, PhD|
|Ardavan Mobasheri, MS|
|Stefan Ralescu, PhD|
|Jeffrey Satenstein, CPA|
|Suleyman Taspinar, PhD|
|Renee Weiss, PhD|