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Francis de la Cruz

Francis de la Cruz is founder and Managing Principal of The Private Placement Group, a Manhattan-based company that specializes in sourcing opportunities and talent in and for the Investment Banking, Private Equity, and Hedge Fund industries. He is also the founder and CEO of The Write Resume, LLC, a career consulting firm that helps aspiring Investment Bankers prepare for and gain access to Wall Street jobs. To date, he has advised and advanced the careers of approximately 1,000 professionals and executives, from Analysts to Managing Directors.

Francis has spent his entire professional career on Wall Street in New York City. He was most recently with J.P. Morgan, where he last served as the Global Financial Controller of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Bank. Prior to business school, Francis worked in finance at Morgan Stanley Capital International and began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at UBS Warburg (now UBS Investment Bank).

Francis graduated from Harvard University with a degree in History and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. Francis was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in San Francisco, CA, attending St. Ignatius College Preparatory. Francis was recruited by four schools in the Ivy League for Track & Field (Long Jump and Triple Jump) and competed for the Harvard Men’s Varsity Track & Field team all four years. As a business school student, Francis concentrated in finance and investment banking management. He was elected President of the Men's Rugby Club, Chair & Social Chair of his Cluster (cohort), and to the business school's Events Committee/Student Council.

Presently, Francis is an official Columbia Business School Career Coach and Admissions Ambassador. He is also an Executive Guest Writer at BlueSteps.com. He is a member of the Harvard Club of New York City, the Harvard Club of Korea, and the Harvard Varsity Club. Francis is in the process of establishing a charity organization to raise funds for kidney cancer research, awareness, and early detection.