John OlertSenior Advisor (New York)
Mr. Olert has 30 years of experience across financial services, capital markets, credit, and risk management with a deep understanding of crisis management, credit research, compliance, cyber security and corporate governance. He qualifies as an audit committee financial expert and is an adjunct professor at Fordham University.
Mr. Olert retired from Fitch Group, Inc. in 2018 after serving as Group Chief Risk Officer and Executive Vice President reporting directly to the CEO and managing a team of 100+ personnel. He was tapped for this newly created role in 2015 in response to increasing threats of a diversifying company with over 3,000 employees, 150 offices, operating in 34 countries.
While at Fitch in 2008, he was named Global Head of Structured Credit and charged with delivering critical restructuring in the early stages of the financial crisis. He was then appointed Chief Credit Officer in 2010, and later Executive Committee Member in 2012. Earlier roles held at Fitch Ratings include Co-Head North American Corporate Finance, Co-Head North American Financial Institutions, Head of REITs, and Director U.S. Banks.
Prior to joining Fitch, Mr. Olert held roles at Chase Securities Inc., MetLife, and Chase Manhattan Bank.
Mr. Olert currently serves as a director and chair of the governance committee for Miracle League of Westchester, a director and finance committee member of the Jack DeVito Foundation and chairs the curriculum committee for Geneseo’s Business Advisory Council.
Mr. Olert completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, obtained his Master of Business Administration at Fordham University, and his Bachelor of Science in Management Science and Finance at the State of University of New York at Geneseo.
As an aligned Senior Advisor, Mr. Olert assists Star Mountain Capital with risk management and capital protection to help Star Mountain and its portfolio investments maximize value.