Flamboyant Banker Pushed One Big Deal Too Many; Clients Loved Her Work


No one doubts that Violy McCausland can bring home the goods. In her 14 years at J.P. Morgan & Co., the diminutive, Colombian-born investment banker generated hundreds of millions of dollars in advisory fees.

She was widely respected and liked by clients. She worked extraordinary hours --“the most of everyone I know,” says Gustavo Caballero, chief financial officer of Cemex.

“Her contacts in Latin America are, quite frankly, priceless,” says Lorenzo Zambrano, Cemex’s chief executive.

“She’s like a bulldog; she takes up an issue until she has it resolved,” says Eugenio Mendoza, “She’s very intense, very detailed.” For that, Morgan loved her.