Senior Sound Bites:
Cynnie Ogden

Former Managing Director in Leveraged Finance at JP. Morgan
Princeton University
Cynnie was formerly a Managing Director in Leveraged Finance at JPMorgan. She started her career in the Utility Group at Chemical Bank. She received a B.A. in English from Princeton University.

Responsibilities in current Role
Before retiring from the Syndicate Desk in 2008, my day-to-day role involved structuring proposed debt financings, primarily to support leveraged buyouts. I worked closely with the origination teams to structure these debt deals based on my understanding of the company, the deal and the broader state of the markets. During the syndications process, I provided investor feedback to the origination team and was involved in negotiations with the client to make adjustments to the deal structure as appropriate.

Favorite thing about your role
My favorite thing about my role was really the people – smart people working towards a common goal. In this industry, you make connections and bonds with people that last and you find camaraderie that is difficult to achieve outside of such an intense environment.

Most challenging thing about your role
Time away from family, especially my two young children, was always challenging

Something you wish you knew at the start of your career
It’s too bad that we are often afraid to approach more senior people to ask what we do not know, especially in terms of career advice; we can learn so much from those who have gone before us, and they truly like to help. I always encourage my daughter to not be afraid to reach out to those with more experience.

Biggest accomplishment
I am really proud to have survived 27 years in banking; I accomplished a lot by having a career and a family. It is important to keep an open mind about people, and it ultimately serves you well if you treat them well. You never know who can be helpful or supportive.

If you weren’t doing your current job...
When I first graduated from Princeton, I thought about going into law; I don’t think that would have been the right fit though. New York was my end all be all so I am really happy I stumbled into banking.

Recent read
Two books that I have read recently and would highly recommend are Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo and Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford.

Something you do outside of work
I love a challenge within or outside work and this led me to pursue a one-year training program to become a Docent at The Metropolitan Museum of Art where I provide tours to adult and student groups.

Favorite restaurant
This is a tough one, but I am going to have to say Raoul’s. I started going there with my father when I started working in New York City. He would create excuses to come to the city to take me out to dinner there. I then started going with my husband, a lawyer, simply because it stayed open late and we were both getting out of work late. Thirty years later, I took my daughter and her boyfriend there on a whim and they loved it! It is now on The Infatuation blog’s top 10 – I am so proud! So, I really love it for sentimental reasons. Other favorites include Gotham Bar & Grill and all Indian food.