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Catching up with Jay Ryan '84, CFO, King Street Capital Management

Jay Ryan '84Jay Ryan ’84 has always believed change equals growth and opportunity. So it was no surprise to any of his friends and family when he made the moves from auditor to product controller to public accountant to chief financial officer of a private hedge fund operating on Wall Street.

His current organization, King Street Capital Management GP, L.L.C. (King Street), is one of the largest global hedge fund management firms with approximately $22 billion of assets under management. As chief financial officer, Ryan’s responsibilities include fund accounting, operations, risk, and treasury. Prior to joining King Street, Ryan worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. as its CFO.

“I tell my employees to try many different things. ... You must always be willing to re-invent yourself.”

Ryan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bryant summa cum laude in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University in 1988. He began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Company, and as a product controller for Goldman, Sachs, & Co. before moving on to Cantor Fitzgerald.

Recently, at the request of longtime Bryant Accounting Professor Michael Lynch, J.D., Ryan came back to Bryant to speak to accounting students. He urged them not to narrow their focus, but instead be open to trying many different paths.

“I tell my employees to try many different things,” he says. “Wear different hats. Don’t be afraid to take a job that may just be a lateral move. You must always be willing to re-invent yourself.”

“My experience at Bryant University is one of the biggest reasons for my personal success,” he says. “I hope that sharing some of my insights with the students provided some transparency about working on Wall Street.”

His visit to campus was as impactful for Ryan as it was for the students. “There’s just so much going on here now,” he says. “It’s great to see what Bryant University has become.”