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George is a business leader, board member and investor. He has expertise in investment banking, private equity, healthcare, emerging markets, corporate governance, and philanthropy.George has been on the board of directors or board of trustees of more than a dozen international private and public companies and philanthropic organizations. George has been instrumental in establishing the strategic, operating and financial direction of numerous private and public companies. During his career he has provided financial leadership for mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $50 billion and has funded and operated various venture capital businesses.He has been a guest speaker on global finance at various international industry associations and graduate business schools, including Harvard Business School. George has lived on four continents and worked in more than twenty countries.

Work experience

May 2005Present

Managing Director

CRT Investment Banking LLC

CRT Investment Banking ( provides investing, funding and advisory services. Our customers are dometic and international companies, asset managers, and investment firms. We are headquartered in Stamford, CT.CRT Investment Banking believes that public companies, privately owned businesses and entrepreneurs in the middle market require personalized, high-quality investment banking expertise. Most of the large Wall Street firms, including the bulge-bracket investment banks, depend on large clients and transactions to support high-cost infrastructures and cannot afford to invest the time and skilled professionals required to service the middle market. Middle-market boutique advisory firms, on the other hand, often lack the investment banking experience required to guide their clients through complex situations and transactions - precisely the time when their clients need them most.Our strategy is to fill this gap. We stand ready to assist middle-market clients in all situations, whether they need advice in completing a merger or acquisition transaction or assistance raising financing on attractive terms. CRT investment bankers have the flexibility to seek and nurture long-term relationships with clients in situations where we can help them create value.Our professionals' first-rate investment banking skills, gained advising and raising money for clients over decades at world-class investment banking firms, makes us more valuable to our clients as the complexity of their needs increases.

Oct 2006Present

Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Audit, Finance and Policy Committees

GAVI Alliance

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI - is one of the largest healthcare focused charitable organizations in the world. GAVI is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. GAVI combines public and private sector resources to strengthen global health systems and immunize children in the poorest countries of the world.The GAVI Alliance partners include The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Bank, The World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the United Nations. Current or former Members of the Board of Directors include Nelson Mandela, Gracia Machel, The Queen of Jordan, Margaret Chan, and Mary Robinson, among others.The World Health Organization estimates that the GAVI immunization program has saved over 3 million lives since its founding in 2000.

Sep 2008Present

Member of the Board of Trustees

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children ( was founded in 1998 and works to identify and coordinate a global network of organizations fighting child-sexual exploitation and abduction.ICMEC's work brings promise to children and families by establishing a global resource to find missing children and prevent child-sexual exploitation; creating national centers and affiliates worldwide; building an international network to disseminate images of and information about missing and exploited children; providing training to law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, legal professionals, nongovernmental organizations, and government officials; advocating and proposing legislative changes in laws, treaties, and systems to protect children worldwide; and conducting International expert conferences to build awareness, encourage and increase cooperation and collaboration between and among countries.

Jun 2005Present

Member of the Board of Directors and Former Chairman of the Audit Committee

Vion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Vion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a development-stage pharmaceutical company develops and commercializes therapeutics for the treatment of cancer.  Incorporated in March 1992 to develop cancer therapies, Vion has been a publicly-traded company since 1995 is traded under the symbol “VION”. 

We are committed to extending the lives and improving the quality of life of cancer patients worldwide by bringing innovative cancer treatments to market.   We have two anticancer compounds in human clinical testing.

Aug 2008Present

Member of the Board of Trustees and Member of the Audit Committee

International Vaccine Institute

The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) is an international center of research, training and technical assistance for vaccines needed in developing countries. IVI is an international organization established at the initiative of the United Nations Development Programme under the Vienna Convention of 1969 with the signatures so far of 40 countries and the World Health Organization. IVI is governed by an independent Board of Trustees and is located in Seoul, Korea.

Feb 2008Present

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

American Oriental Bioengineering

American Oriental Bioengineering, Inc. (AOB) is an integrated, pharmaceutical company engaged in the development, manufacture and commercialization of a range of pharmaceutical and healthcare products. The Company’s business comprises prescription pharmaceutical products, over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical products and nutraceutical products. Its pharmaceutical products have been approved by the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA). The Company sells its products primarily to hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and retail outlets at over 100,000 locations in all provinces, including rural areas and cities in China. During the year ended December 31, 2008, AOB marketed over 60 pharmaceutical products in China.

Jan 1998Present

Chairman and CEO

GWB Capital

Funding and management of various real estate, private equity, natural resource, technology, healthcare, information services, and business support service companies.

Apr 2008Apr 2009

Member of the Board of Director

BMP Sunstone Corporation

BMP Sunstone Corporation operates as a pharmaceutical and over-the-counter manufacturing, marketing, and distribution company in China.  BMP Sunstone Corp. trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol BJGP.BMP Sunstone offers sales and marketing services throughout China and can help register pharmaceuticals for sale into this large and growing market.

Nov 2006Mar 2008

Board of Directors

Oracle Healthcare Acquisition Corp. intends to acquire, through a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, or other similar business combination, an operating business in the healthcare industry

May 2005May 2006

Board of Directors

Amazys Holdings AG

Leading provider of digital imaging technology and color management. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Member of Audit Committee of Board of Directors

Oct 2000May 2005

Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of Directors, Novartis Pharma AG

Novartis AG, incorporated on February 29, 1996, is a Switzerland-based holding that, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of healthcare products. The Company’s healthcare solutions portfolio includes medicines, preventive vaccines and diagnostic tools, generic pharmaceuticals and consumer health products. Its businesses are divided on a worldwide basis into the four operating divisions: Pharmaceuticals, which comprises brand-name patented pharmaceuticals; Vaccines and Diagnostics, which focuses on human vaccines and blood-testing diagnostics; Sandoz, which consists generic pharmaceuticals, and Consumer Health, which includes over-the-counter medicines, animal health medicines, and contact lenses and lens-care products. It operates in approximately 140 countries.

Jan 1992Dec 1997

Chief Financial Officer

IMS Health

IMS Health Incorporated (IMS) is a provider of market intelligence to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. IMS offers market intelligence products and services, including portfolio optimization capabilities; commercial effectiveness innovations; managed care and consumer health offerings, and consulting and services solutions. The Company’s information products are developed to meet the clients' needs by using data secured from a worldwide network of suppliers in more than 100 countries.

Jan 1988Dec 1991

Chief Financial Officer, Nielsen Promotional Services

Dun & Bradstreet

Chief Financial Officer of the AC Nielsen Promotional Services division of Dun & Bradstreet.

Nielsen is the world’s leading marketing and media information company. We’re passionate about measuring and analyzing how people interact with digital platforms, traditional media and in-store environments - locally as well as globally. We provide the most complete understanding of how consumers get information, consume media and buy goods and services.

Jan 1985Dec 1987

Director, Corporate Audit Staff

Dun & Bradstreet

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (D&B) is a source of commercial information and insight on businesses. As of December 31, 2008, the Company’s global commercial database contained more than 140 million business records. The database is enhanced by its DUNSRight Quality Process, which provides customers with business information. The Company’s customer solution sets include Risk Management Solutions, Sales & Marketing Solutions and Internet Solutions.

Jun 1980Dec 1984

Supervising Auditor at GE Corporate Audit Staff

General Electric

Lead financial, operational and due diligence audits at more then twenty different GE businesses around the world.

Jun 1978May 1980

Manufacturing Management Program

General Electric Company ((NYSE:GE) operates as a technology, media, and financial services company worldwide.  I held four six month engineering rotational training assignments in the Locomotive and Neutron Device Business Divisions on GEs Manufacturing Management Program (MMP).