On October 1, 2003, Georges Ugeux founded Galileo Global Advisors to offer CEOs, Boards of Directors and Governments independent advice on international business development, restructuring, compliance and capital market issues. He is an expert in financial services and teaches European Banking and Finance as well as Central Banking at the Columbia University School of Law.
Prior to founding Galileo, Georges Ugeux joined the New York Stock Exchange in September 1996, as Group Executive Vice President, International & Research. He built and managed the Exchange’s International Group and, during his tenure, spearheaded the listing of 308 companies from 43 countries, out of the 470 non-US companies listed on the NYSE with an aggregate value of $2.7 trillion. During that same period, the NYSE international trading moved from 40 to 140 million shares a day.
Georges Ugeux, a Belgian and US national, began his career in 1970 at Société Générale de Banque (now BNP Paribas Fortis), the leading Belgian bank, where he became General Manager of the investment banking and trust division. His career led him to London in 1985, as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley’s Mergers and Acquisitions department. In 1988, he was appointed Group Finance Director at Société Générale de Belgique, the leading Belgian diversified industrial and financial conglomerate owned by the French leading company Engie (formerly GDF Suez). In 1992, he became president of Kidder, Peabody Europe as well as Managing Director while serving as a member of the Management Committee and the Board of Directors of Kidder, Peabody, Inc. He was put in charge of the firm’s global origination efforts. In addition, he was also a member of the European Corporate Executive Council of General Electric Inc.