Craig Howard Schiffer, 58, of Summit died Dec. 23, 2014. Born in Cleveland, he lived in Denver, San Francisco, London, and New York City before moving to Summit and Talloires, France, many years ago.
Mr. Schiffer held several global leadership positions in his 35-year career in the financial industry. From 1978 to 1996 he held positions with Lehman Brothers as global head of Equity Derivatives, global head of Fixed-Income Derivatives, and head of High-yield Sales. He went on from Lehman to run the Proprietary Arbitrage Group at Japan-based Nomura Holdings, where he was also part of their Debt division. He later went to the London office of Dresdner Kleinwort (then called Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein) as managing director. From 2003 to 2006 he served as head of North American Capital Markets and as the New York-based chief executive for the Americas for Dresdner Kleinwort. In 2009 he opened Sevara Partners, a NY-based adviser to investors and companies and in 2013 joined the Cowen Group, where he was working to develop an alternate investing platform.
He earned a BA from University of Santa Cruz in history.
He was a member of the Kent Place School’s board of trustees of Summit, New York Stock Exchange, The Strategy and Advisory Board of the University of Santa Cruz, and Congregation Ohr Shalom, the Summit Jewish Community Center.
He is survived by his wife, Amy (Redling); five children, Zachary, Jessica, Zoe, Annie, and Gabe, all of Summit; a brother, Michael of Breckenridge, Colo.; a sister, Leslie (John) McGinn of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and his parents, Carol Polinsky of Marco Island, Fla., and Charles Schiffer of Santa Fe, NM.
Services were held Jan. 4 with arrangements by Ross’ Shalom Chapels, Springfield.