Drew David Pascarella

Drew David Pascarella

  • Senior Lecturer

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Faculty Area

Interdisciplinary Theme

Faculty Expertise

  • Corporate Finance
  • Finance


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management



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Drew Pascarella is associate dean for MBA programs, the Rempe Wilson Distinguished Lecturer, and a Senior Lecturer of Finance at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

As associate dean for MBA programs, Drew is responsible for curriculum, admissions, placement, student services, leadership programs, and diversity and inclusive initiatives for Johnson’s residential MBA programs. In addition to his duties as associate dean, Drew leads the Investment Banking Immersion at Johnson. Drew founded Johnson’s Fintech Intensive, delivered at the Cornell Tech campus each spring. In addition, Drew has taught Core Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions (Executive MBA level), Investment Banking Essentials (undergraduate and EMBA levels), and Lectures in Finance. Drew is also heavily involved with executive education initiatives, working with global corporate clients on finance hard skills and Fintech training. Drew was the 2014 and 2021 recipient of the Class of 1992 Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.

Prior to his arrival at Johnson in 2012, Drew spent 15 years working at bulge bracket investment banks. Drew has advised clients on over $35bn of merger and acquisition transactions and led equity, convertible, and debt financing transactions totaling over $9bn in proceeds. Most recently, Drew was a director in the Technology Investment Banking group at Citi. Notable transactions include the formation of Nokia Siemens Networks (largest JV in corporate history), Nokia's $8.1bn acquisition of NAVTEQ (largest acquisition by a Finnish corporate) and associated €1.75bn debt IPO, Andrew Corporation's $2.6bn sale to Commscope, Lucent's $1.625bn convertible bond offering, and sale of multiple private businesses to Cisco. While at Citi, Drew was an active participant in the Investment Banking Associate Training Program, developing and delivering hard and soft skills courses. Prior to joining Citi, Drew was a technology project manager at Goldman Sachs, where he led the design, development, implementation, and support of global trading technology systems.

In addition to his duties at Johnson, Drew Pascarella is managing director and head of East Coast Banking of Vista Point Advisors.

Drew holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BBA in computer information systems from James Madison University. Drew was the class co-president and a Fried Fellow at Cornell.

Recent Courses

  • NMI 5000 - Directed Reading & Research
  • NBAE 5980 - Global Business Study
  • NBAE 5360 - Investment Banking Essentials
  • NBAB 5360 - Investment Banking Essentials
  • NBA 5560 - Investment Banking Immersion/Practicum
  • NCC 5060/LAW 6652/NCCY 5060 - Managerial Finance
  • NBAY 5360 - Technology Company Exits

Academic Degrees

  • MBA Cornell University, 2001
  • BA James Madison University, 1995