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Baruch College to Honor Catherine Avgiris and Professor Robert A. Schwartz at 26th Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner

Catherine Avgiris  Robert A. Schwartz

                       Catherine Avgiris '80                        Dr. Robert A. Schwartz


NEW YORK, NY-April 17, 2015 - Friends, colleagues and alumni of Baruch College will pay tribute to Catherine Avgiris ’80, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Comcast Cable, and Dr. Robert A. Schwartz, the Marvin M. Speiser Professor of Finance at Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business, during the 26th Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner, Wednesday, April 22 at The Pierre in New York City.

Ms. Avgiris will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award, and Dr. Schwartz the Distinguished Faculty Award. This annual benefit supports the Baruch College Fund, which helps students by providing grants and scholarships, subsidizing professorships, improving facilities, upgrading technology and expanding service.


WHAT: 26th Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner

WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 2015; 6:30 p.m., Cocktail Reception; 7:30 p.m., Dinner

WHERE: The Pierre, 2 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065



Christina Latouf, (646) 660-6114,

Evelisse Luciano, (646) 660-6134,


Distinguished Alumna Award:

As executive vice president and CFO, Catherine Avgiris is responsible for all functional, programmatic, and financial operations of Comcast Cable. A 22-year veteran of Comcast, Ms. Avgiris has been instrumental in the growth and development of the company. Most recently, she served as executive vice president and general manager of communications and data services for Comcast’s Xfinity Internet, Xfinity Voice, and consumer wireless businesses. Under her leadership, Comcast has become the largest Internet service provider and one of the largest phone providers in the U.S. Ms. Avgiris also is responsible for launching the Verizon Wireless partnership, managing the operations for the company’s Internet Essentials program— which provides low-cost Internet service to low-income families— and overseeing Comcast’s WiFi initiative.

Throughout her tenure with Comcast, Ms. Avgiris has also served as senior vice president and general manager of Comcast Digital Voice and as senior vice president of finance for Comcast Cable. As SVP and GM of Comcast Digital Voice, she transformed the circuit-switched telephone business acquired from AT&T Broadband into a profitable and efficient business, and as SVP of finance, Ms. Avgiris managed all financial and administrative activity for Comcast high-speed Internet and Voice services.

Prior to joining Comcast in 1992, Ms. Avgiris spent 11 years in finance, serving as chief financial officer of Drexel Industries, Inc., and as an audit manager with Deloitte & Touche.

In 2010, Ms. Avgiris was awarded one of the cable industry’s most prestigious honors, the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership for Cable Operations Management by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). She has been recognized as one of CableFAX’s Most Powerful Women in Cable every year since 2006. In 2007 she was recognized as a Wonder Woman by Multichannel News.

Ms. Avgiris is on the Executive Advisory Council of Comcast Affinity Groups Mentoring Program (CAAG) and is a member of the Forum for Executive Women. A graduate of Baruch College, Ms. Avgiris holds a BA in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and Pennsylvania.


Distinguished FacultyAward:

Before joining the Baruch faculty in 1997, Robert Schwartz was professor of finance and economics and Yamaichi Faculty Fellow at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he had been a member of the faculty since 1965. In 1966 Professor Schwartz received his PhD in economics from Columbia University. His research is in the area of financial economics, with a primary focus on the structure of securities markets.

He has published over 60 refereed journal articles, 12 edited books, and eight authored books, including Micro Markets: A Market Structure Approach to Microeconomic Analysis, Wiley & Sons, 2010; Mastering the Art of Equity Trading Through Simulation: The TraderEx Course (co-authored with Gregory Sipress and Bruce Weber), Wiley & Sons, 2010; The Equity Trader Course (co-authored with Reto Francioni and Bruce Weber), Wiley & Sons, 2006; and Equity Markets in Action: The Fundamentals of Liquidity, Market Structure and Trading (co-authored with Reto Francioni), Wiley & Sons, 2004.

Dr. Schwartz has served as a consultant to various market centers including the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, the London Stock Exchange, Instinet, the Arizona Stock Exchange, Deutsche Börse, and the Bolsa Mexicana. From April 1983 to April 1988, he was an associate editor of The Journal of Finance, and he is currently an associate editor of the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting and the Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, and is a member of the advisory boards of International Finance and The Journal of Trading.

In December 1995, Professor Schwartz was named the first chairman of Nasdaq’s Economic Advisory Board, and he served on the EAB until Spring 1999. He is developer, with Bruce Weber and Greg Sipress, of the trading and market structure simulation, TraderEx. In 2009 Schwartz was named the first recipient of the World Federation of Exchanges’ annual Award for Excellence.

For more information about attending or donating to the Baruch College Fund, please contact the Benefit Office at 212-763-8598;


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



Kirk Petersen, (646) 660-6124,

Mercedes Sanchez, (646) 660-6112,

Evelisse Luciano, (646) 660-6134,


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