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Faculty

Ron Adner

David T. McLaughlin D’54, T’55 Professor

Professor Adner’s research and teaching focuses on innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurship. His work introduces a new perspective on the relationship between firms, customers, and the broader ‘innovation ecosystems’ in which they interact to create value.

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Colin C. Blaydon

Director Emeritus, Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship; Dean Emeritus; William and Josephine Buchanan Professor of Management, Emeritus; Research Scholar

As Director Emeritus of Tuck’s Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship, Professor Blaydon works with real-world issues of best practices, securities and deal structure, valuation, financial reporting, and governance. He was previously the dean of Tuck, and taught the course Private Equity Finance.

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Trip Davis D’90

Adjunct Professor of Business Administration

Trip Davis is an adjunct professor of business administration at Tuck and chief executive officer of FreshAir Sensor LLC, a sensor technology company founded in 2013 by Dartmouth chemistry professor Joe BelBruno and Jack O'Toole T'14. Trip previously served as executive director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer at Dartmouth. Prior to joining Dartmouth's staff in 2013, he served as senior associate dean for external relations and president of the Darden School Foundation at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He also served as co-faculty director of the Galant Center for Entrepreneurship there. Prior to his appointments at Dartmouth and Virginia, Trip was an entrepreneur in travel technology who was named one of the top 25 most influential executives in the travel industry in 2002 and 2007.

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Philip J. Ferneau D’84, T’96

Adjunct Professor of Business Administration

Steven J. Kahl D’91

Faculty Director, Center for Entrepreneurship; Associate Professor of Business Administration

Steve Kahl teaches the core course Leading Organizations and an elective course called Leading Entrepreneurial Organizations. He is also the faculty director of Tuck's Center for Entrepreneurship and is actively involved with entrepreneurship activities on campus. Prior to Tuck, Steve was an Assistant Professor of Organizations and Strategy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business from 2007–12. Prior to academia, he was a vice president in Global Investment Research at Goldman, Sachs & Co, a former research analyst at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Inc., and consultant at Deloitte & Touche and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

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Gordon Phillips

Laurence F. Whittemore Professor of Business Administration; Faculty Director, Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital

Gordon Phillips is the faculty director of the Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital and the Laurence F. Whittemore Professor of Business Administration. He teaches the 2nd year course Venture Capital and Private Equity and specializes in private equity, mergers, and the impact of financial decisions on firms' strategic decisions. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a visiting research professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He previously taught at the University of Southern California and the University of Maryland. He has been a visiting professor at Duke University, HEC Paris, Insead, MIT, and Southern Mediterranean University. He received his MA and Ph.D. from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. His areas of research include corporate finance and how financial decisions impact firms' strategic decisions, and contracting in financial markets. His work in corporate finance includes studies of private equity issuance, capital structure, Chapter 11 bankruptcy, how leverage buyouts and other forms of high debt influence a firms' and rivals' investment decisions.

Recent research published in the Journal of Political Economy and the Review of Financial Studies has been on applying computational linguistics to firm financial statements to analyze merger synergies, dividends and product market competition. Research published in the Journal of Finance has been on real and financial booms and busts and mergers and acquisitions and how firms organize across multiple markets. He recently presented the keynote address on PIPEs (private investment in public equity) to an audience of executives and finance professionals. He has served as an associate editor at The Review of Financial Studies and The Journal of Corporate Finance.

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Nick Russell D’00, T’10

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Private Investments

Nick Russell is a partner with Tuckerman Capital.  Mr. Russell is responsible, together with his two partners, for all aspects of Tuckerman’s business including developing relationships with new deal partners (operating executives and independent sponsors), originating and executing investments, board level governance and strategic engagement with portfolio companies, and investor facing activities. 

Prior to Tuckerman, Mr. Russell was a principal at North Star Advisors, an investment advisory firm where he advised private equity and debt investors, worked with portfolio company boards and senior management teams, and executed investments in lower and middle-market companies. 

Before North Star, Mr. Russell was a member of the private equity practice at Oliver Wyman Group (previously known as Mercer Management Consulting). 

Mr. Russell currently sits on the boards of Orthofeet, Six15 Technologies, Pacific Northern, TRS Global, and Freedom Communication Technologies and has been involved with the board governance at several other Tuckerman investments. 

Mr. Russell is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received an MBA from the Tuck School
of Business at Dartmouth College.

Fellows

Matthew Baer T’19

Venture Capital Fellow

Rachel Baras T’19

Venture Capital Fellow

William Dai T’19

Venture Capital Fellow

Manuel Del Campo T’19

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Nikilesh Eswarapu T’19

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Michael Kasper T’19

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Yulia Lalutska T’19

Venture Capital Fellow

Binh Nguyen T’19

Venture Capital Fellow

Douglas Patrican T’19

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Alpana Srivastava T’19

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Kristin Unruh T’19

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Lindsey Wilcox T’19

Venture Capital Fellow

Student Stories

James Goff T'16

WHY TUCK?

I really wanted to spend two years focusing on my personal and professional development and Tuck just ticked all the boxes that I wanted. Away from the distractions of a big city, I knew I would have access to fantastic career opportunities available here and an incredible level of teaching and camaraderie.

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Elena Laird T'17

WHY MBA

When I was working at Cambridge Associates prior to Tuck, I predominantly worked with family clients, many of whom were focused on private investments. As a result, I learned a lot about private equity and became interested in it. It is fairly unusual to transition directly from the limited partner side to the general partner side—from wealth management to private equity. I felt that I had many of the necessary soft skills already but needed to go back to school to round out my technical skillset. I also knew an MBA would strengthen my leadership skills and give me the opportunity to take a somewhat unusual jump in my career.

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Merrill D. Matthews III T'14

Why Tuck?

I chose the submarine force for its small, team oriented work. You really bond as a team when you’re doing missions or running drills. You rely on everyone on the boat to get you through tough situations and you have to trust everyone completely. Tuck seemed like a perfect extension of that, with the small group work and the intimate setting.

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Jared Pomerance T'16

Why Tuck?

Getting to be a student here, I feel like I stole something; there’s this opportunity to learn in such a tight-knit, intentional way from classmates who have so much industry and life experience.

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Kiz Syed T'17

CELEBRATING OUR DIFFERENCES

At the beginning of the fall of 2016, we decided to create a diversity and inclusion representative on the Tuck student board. We began programming events and developing other initiatives to celebrate diversity and inclusion. I was really proud of this because 1. It represents the values of Tuck—of celebrating our differences and creating wise business leaders. 2. It was a complete student-led initiative. 3. It was a collaboration between the first- and second-year students.

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Alumni Stories

Michael Carusi

General Partner, Lightstone Ventures and Advanced Technology Ventures

Not many people in ball bearing sales finish their careers in venture capital. For Mike Carusi T’93, now one of the most successful health care investors in Silicon Valley, that unlikely journey started with two eye-opening years at Tuck. 

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Collette Chilton

Chief Investment Officer, Williams College

Williams College chief investment officer Collette Chilton T’86 is helping deliver big returns for the Little Ivy.

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Deb Kemper

Managing Director, Boston Forum, Golden Seeds

As managing director of the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds, a national network of angel investors funding early-stage companies led by women, Deb Kemper T'95 lives by the motto: be the change you want to see in the world.

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Roger McNamee

Co-founder & partner, Elevation Partners

Investor. Philanthropist. Entrepreneur. Roger McNamee T’82 is all of these and more in a career that has taken him to the top of the tech world.

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Center MBA Advisors

Tom Blaisdell T’89

Founder/CEO, AlignPact Inc.

Tom Blaisdell is the founder and CEO of AlignPact, a consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations craft Permanent Capital strategies for “Values-Aligned Investing.” From 2016 to 2018 he served as Executive Director of Private Equity in the Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital (CPEVC) at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. For 17 years prior to that, Tom was a general partner at DCM Ventures, a Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm where he helped DCM’s portfolio companies create high-growth marketing strategies, structure successful strategic partnerships and build strong management teams. Tom has a particular focus on innovation in the financial technology arena and technology and services that empower entrepreneurs and small businesses. He led DCM Ventures' previous investments in PayCycle (acquired by Intuit), HireRight (IPO on NASDAQ; then acquired by USIS), Jaspersoft (acquired by Tibco), Caring.com (acquired by Bankrate), Vendavo (acquried by Francisco Partners) and Vindicia (acquired by Amdocs). Tom began his technology start-up career with a six-year stint at Intuit, joining the then-private company one month prior to the launch of Quicken for Windows 1.0. Upon earning his MBA at Tuck, Tom joined Bain & Co in their San Francisco office.

Richard Green D’75

Angel Investing/VCIC

Dick is Managing Director of RLG Analytics LLC, a consulting practice specializing in strategy, planning, corporate governance, business analysis, due diligence and negotiations.

Dick has served on the Board of Directors of eleven organizations, six for-profit and five non-profit. Most recently, from 2003-2012, he was a Director of Jetboil, Inc., the worldwide market leader in single-burner cooking systems, and served as Chairman from 2007-2011. Dick led Jetboil’s negotiating team during acquisition of the company by Johnson Outdoors, Inc. in November, 2012, and is currently the post-acquisition shareholder representative.

From 1998-2008, Dick was a co-founder and Director of VoteHere, Inc., a developer of cryptographic systems for electronic and online voting. He served as Chairman of VoteHere from 1998-2001. From 1983-1993, Dick was co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Corporate Microsystems, Inc., a data communications software firm serving national retail chains.

Dick Green is a co-founder and managing director of Granite State Angels, a regional investment group based in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dick is a co-founder of the Grafton County Economic Development Council, and was President from 1999-2004. Dick is a co-founder of the Dartmouth Regional Technology Center business incubator. Dick has served as a member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Assembly of Overseers since 1997.

Dick obtained his BA from Dartmouth College where he was awarded the John G. Kemeny Prize in Computing in 1976.

Board Members

Charles Ayres T’87

Chairman, Trilantic Capital Partners

Charlie Ayres is the chairman of Trilantic Capital Partners.  Prior to Trilantic Capital Partners he was the global head of Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking and a managing director of Lehman Brothers. He joined LBMB in 2003, and has over 20 years of private equity experience. Mr. Ayres was a founding partner of MidOcean Partners, a private equity investment firm formed in February 2003, and, prior to that, was head of DB Capital Partners North America (Deutsche Bank AG) and a member of the DB Americas Regional Executive Committee, where he was responsible for overseeing $1.2 billion of investments and managing the 25-member investment team. Prior to DB Capital, he was a managing partner at McCown De Leeuw & Co., Inc., a $1.2 billion private equity fund. From 1987 to 1991, he was a managing partner at HMA Investments, Inc., a private investment firm focused on middle-market management buyouts. He also worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Lazard Freres & Co. and the Corporate Finance group at Kidder Peabody & Co. He is currently on the board of the Lennox Hill Neighborhood House and the Special Projects Committee of Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and is an active member of YPO, the Young Presidents' Organization, Gotham Chapter.


He obtained his BA in economics, magna cum laude, from Duke University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Melinda Barber T'09

Senior Vice President, Harvard Management Company

Peter J. Barris T'77

Managing General Partner, New Enterprise Associates

Peter Barris joined New Enterprise Associates (NEA) in 1992 and has served as managing general partner since 1999. NEA is one of the largest global venture capital firms with $8.5B under management. Since joining NEA, Mr. Barris has led investments in over 20 information technology companies that have completed public offerings or successful mergers. These include such industry pioneering companies as Amisys, CareerBuilder, Geotel, Tripod, UUNET, and Vonage.

Prior to joining NEA, he was president and chief operating officer of Legent Corporation and senior vice president of the Systems Software Division of UCCEL Corporation. Both companies were ultimately acquired at valuations that were record breaking for their time. Earlier, Mr. Barris spent almost a decade at General Electric Company in a variety of management positions, including vice president and general manager at GE Information Services. He also serves on the Northwestern University Board of Trustees, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School Board of Overseers and the Executive Committee of the Board of the National Venture Capital Association. Mr. Barris was also a founding member of Venture Philanthropy Partners.

He obtained his BS from Northwestern University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

David G. Brown T’85

Brown Family Trust

David Brown is the managing partner of Oak Hill Venture Partners, and a vice president of Keystone, Inc. He leads Keystone's venture capital activities, including investments in 33 companies since 1998. Prior to joining Keystone in 1993, he worked at Salomon Brothers, where he was a vice president in the Corporate Finance Department.


Mr. Brown serves on the board of directors of StepNexus, eGain Communications, Intelligent Markets, MarketTools, Voyager Expanded Learning, and Validus. He also serves on the boards of Bowdoin College and the Yosemite National Institutes.

He obtained his BA from Bowdoin College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Susan J. Carter

Former President & CEO, Commonfund Capital, Inc.

Ms. Carter is an independent director of the BlackRock Equity/Liquidity Mutual Funds, the Financial Accounting Foundation and the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute. She also serves on the U.S. Advisory Board for Bridges Fund Management, the Practitioner Advisory Board of the Private Capital Research Institute and the Executive Advisory Board of the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. She also cochairs the Advisory Board for a new educational organization, Girls Who Invest.

After 25 years with Commonfund Capital (CCI), Ms. Carter retired from her position as President & CEO at the end of 2014. CCI is a global private capital solutions provider and a subsidiary of Commonfund. CCI invests in funds, secondaries and co-investments in venture capital, private equity and natural resources strategies. For the year 2015, Ms. Carter was a Fellow in Stanford University's Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI).

Before joining CCI in 1989, Ms. Carter was with Morgan Stanley & Co. from 1985 to 1989. Prior to that, from 1978 to 1985, she was with GE Investments. She holds an A.B. degree in Economics and Business from Lafayette College and is a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program (FMP). She also completed the Woman’s Director Development Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Ms. Carter lives with her husband Nick in Riverside, CT. They are the parents of a daughter living in Washington, D.C. and a son living in Los Angeles.

Collette K. Chilton T'86

Chief Investment Officer, Williams College

Collette Chilton joined Williams College in October 2006 and prior to that she was the chief investment officer for Lucent Technologies Inc. Ms. Chilton previously served as chief investment officer for the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board. She has also worked at the Massachusetts State Teachers and Employees Retirement Systems Trust, the First National Bank of Boston, and Citicorp Investment Bank.


She obtained her BS from the University of California, Berkeley and received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Alicia M. Cooney T'76

Co-founder and Managing Director, Monument Group

Alicia Cooney is co-founder and managing director of the Monument Group, an independent registered broker-dealer providing alternative investment opportunities to institutional investors. Previously, Ms. Cooney was a consultant at Cambridge Associates Inc., an investment banker at Bear, Stearns & Co., and a research analyst at Bache, Halsey, Stuart & Shields.

She obtained her BA from Wellesley College and received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Laureen R. Costa T'94

Portfolio Manager, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Laureen Costa is a portfolio manager in the JPMorgan Asset Management Private Equity Group. The Private Equity Group is a team of 45 professionals that operate out of offices in New York, London, and Hong Kong. The team manages three broad private equity programs –venture capital, U.S. corporate finance and non-U.S. corporate finance – as well as programs dedicated to the Emerging Manager Market.

Ms. Costa has 15 years of experience investing in private equity. She manages a diverse portfolio of corporate finance partnerships, venture capital partnerships, direct investments and secondary transactions. Prior to joining JPMorgan Asset Management in 1997, she was a portfolio manager with AT&T Investment Management Corp., an investment management subsidiary of AT&T, where she held similar responsibilities. Prior to joining AT&T, Ms. Costa worked in commercial lending for CoreStates Bank, N.A. (now part of Wachovia Corporation). She is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. Ms. Costa serves on numerous advisory boards including Alta Berkeley, Ampersand, Columbia Capital, Duke Street Capital, FdG Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Sofinnova Capital, SYNCOM, Vicente Growth Equity, and 21st Century Group.

Ms. Costa obtained a BA, Phi Beta Kappa, from Bucknell University and received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Peter L. Denious T'97

Partner, FLAG Capital Management

Peter Denious is an Investment Partner of FLAG Capital Management in Stamford, CT. FLAG is a private capital fund-of-funds founded in 1994 with assets of $4.3B and strategies in venture capital, private equity and real assets. For the last five years, Mr. Denious has overseen FLAG International Partners, a fund focused in Europe and Asia. He is also a member of the FLAG investment and management committees.

Prior to joining FLAG in 2001, Mr. Denious worked for J.H. Whitney & Co. where he structured and executed private equity and venture capital investments in a variety of emerging-growth and middle-market companies. Previously, he worked for BancBoston Capital, the captive private equity and venture capital group of BankBoston. Prior to attending business school, Mr. Denious worked in investment and commercial banking for Prudential Securities and Chemical Bank.

He obtained his BA from Trinity College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Liam S. Donohue T'95

Co-founder and Managing Director, .406 Ventures

Liam Donohue is the co-founder and managing director of .406 Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in information technology and technology-enabled services. Prior to co-founding .406, Mr. Donohue was a founding partner at Arcadia Partners and a principal at Foster Management Company, where he built and in some cases led, several successful business service companies. Before attending Tuck, he opened the first office in Budapest, Hungary for Booz Allen Hamilton, and founded and ran an independent nonprofit organization that coordinated the Central European Environmental Education Seminar.

He obtained his BS from Georgetown University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business, where he was a recipient of the Julia Stell Award.

Anthony A. Florence Jr. T'97

General Partner, New Enterprise Associates          

Adam P. Godfrey T’92

Managing Partner, Stella Point Capital, L.L.C.

Adam Godfrey co-founded Stella Point Capital in 2012. Previously, Mr. Godfrey spent nearly 19 years with Lindsay Goldberg and its predecessor, which he joined in 1992 when it had just five investment professionals. During his tenure, he played a significant role in the development of Lindsay Goldberg, which raised more than $10 billion in capital across three private equity funds. Mr. Godfrey sourced and managed numerous investments for the firm, serving on the boards of twelve portfolio companies including one company where he remains involved as a director. Currently at Stella Point, he serves on the board of First American Payment Systems and Rightpoint. He also serves as a Board Member of Schneider National and as a Member of the Center for Private Equity at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he previously served as a member of the MBA Advisory Board. Mr. Godfrey holds his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and his BA from Brown University.

William Hart T'67

Former Founder and Managing Partner, Technology Partners

Bill Hart is an advisor to early-stage technology and financial services companies. As the founder and managing partner of Technology Partners, Mr. Hart led this Silicon Valley venture capital firm for 21 years. Since retiring from Technology Partners in 2001, he has continued to work with several early-stage companies and to serve on the board of Trimble Navigation. Mr. Hart also serves on the boards of the Napa Valley Opera House and various university advisory groups. He is a former member of the Tuck Board of Overseers. Mr. Hart owns and manages a small vineyard in the Napa Valley and was affiliated for many years with Duckhorn Vineyards.

He obtained his BME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Donald R. Kendall Jr. T'76

Managing Director and CEO, Kenmont Investments Management LP, Kenmont Capital Partners LP

Don Kendall is the founding managing director and the chief executive officer of Kenmont, an investment management firm specializing in alternative investments and private equity. Previously, Mr. Kendall utilized his extensive background in the power and energy industries overseeing event driven, distressed, capital structure arbitrage and private equity investments in these sectors for Carlson Capital, L.P, while overseeing Kenmont’s private equity fund of funds. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Kendall was president of Cogen Technologies Capital Company, L.P. In addition to his duties at Cogen, Mr. Kendall was the founding chairman and chief executive officer of Palmetto Partners, Ltd., a family office and investment management company. He has established significant private equity portfolios at four firms including building, managing and marketing a $1.50 billion asset focused private equity portfolio. He has also been involved in initial public offerings, project finance, leasing, restructurings and workouts, recapitalizations and merger and acquisition assignments and has completed in excess of $20 billion in financing transactions. He has served as a trustee of Hamilton College (and as a member of its Investment Committee), a member of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, a board member of Houston Zoo, Inc., The Jane Goodall Institute as well as Earthwatch Institute, and as a member of the board of overseers for the Tuck School of Business.

He obtained his AB from Hamilton College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Michael E. Koester T'99

Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Mike Koester is a managing director at Goldman Sachs in the Merchant Banking Division (MBD).  Mr. Koester leads capital raising activities and is the chief financial officer for MBD.  He serves on the MBD Strategy, Risk, and Client and Business Standards Committees as well as the Principal Investment Area (PIA) Investment and Operating Committees.  He serves or has served on the boards of directors of several PIA portfolio companies. Mr. Koester joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 and re-joined the firm in the Investment Banking Division in 1999 before transferring to MBD in 2000.  He was named a managing director in 2005 and a partner in 2008. Mr. Koester has been elected vice chairman of Comprehensive Development, Inc., an overseer of Colby College, and a member of the Children’s Heath Leadership Council at Mount Sinai.

He obtained his BA from Colby College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Nancy Lotane T'92

Managing Director and Chief Human Resources Officer, Bain Capital

Ms. Lotane joined Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm, in 2007 and serves as Chief Human Resources Officer. In her role, Ms. Lotane leads a team of human resources professionals responsible for recruiting, performance management and leadership development, compensation, culture, and diversity and inclusion for the more than 950 employees working for Bain Capital globally.  In addition, Ms. Lotane serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Bain Capital Private Equity globally. 

Prior to joining Bain Capital, Ms. Lotane worked as Chief Marketing and Development Officer and Head of North American Operations for Mercer Management Consulting, now Oliver Wyman. In that role, Ms. Lotane was also responsible for Learning, Knowledge Management and intellectual capital development.

Prior to that, Ms. Lotane was a consulting partner at Mercer and Corporate Decisions, Inc., focused on retail and consumer products.  She also worked as a consultant at Braxton Associates earlier in her career.

Ms. Lotane received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA from Tufts University.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business and on the Board of Trustees at Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA.

Frederick C. Maynard III T'85

Senior Advisor, HarbourVest Partners, LLC

Fred Maynard has been a managing director at HarbourVest Partners responsible for overseeing secondary partnership investments since 1986. He joined the firm in 1985 after receiving his MBA. His previous experience includes working as a loan officer in the National Division of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company.

He obtained his BA from Wesleyan University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Terrance G. McGuire TH'82

Co-founder and Managing General Partner, Polaris Venture Partners

Terry McGuire is a co-founder and managing general partner of Polaris Venture Partners based in the Boston office. He focuses on life sciences investments. Prior to starting Polaris, Mr. McGuire spent seven years at Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. investing in early stage medical and information technology companies. He began his career in venture capital at Golder, Thoma and Cressey in Chicago.

Mr. McGuire represents Polaris on the boards of directors of Acceleron Pharma, AdiMAB, Life Line Screening, Microbia, MicroCHIPS, Inc., Pulmatrix Inc., Tempo Pharmaceuticals and WMR Biomedical, Inc. He has also served on the boards of Akamai, Aspect Medical Systems, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, deCODE Genetics (DCGN), GlycoFi, Transform Pharmaceuticals, and Remon Medical Technologies. Mr. McGuire serves on the boards of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (Chair), the National Venture Capital Association, MIT’s David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. Mr. McGuire has co-founded three companies: Inspire Pharmaceuticals, AIR (Advanced Inhalation Research, Inc.), and MicroCHIPS. He is a recipient of the Albert Einstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Life Sciences, awarded by Forbes/Gottlieb Medical Technology Investor, Harvard MIT Biomedical Engineering Center, the New Jerusalem Foundation, the Jerusalem Development Authority, and Rodman and Renshaw.

He obtained his BS in physics and economics from Hobart College, his MS from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Sherri Oberg D'82, T'86

Venture Partner, Borealis Ventures

Sherri is a recognized leader in entrepreneurship and innovation and has developed broad and deep relationships in the Dartmouth and life sciences communities.

After pursuing her graduate degree, Sherri joined Inco Venture Capital Management and then Aegis Venture Funds, where she invested in Neomorphics, an early-stage life sciences company. At Neomorphics, a tissue engineering company, she transitioned to CEO and led a successful turnaround. Subsequently, she co-founded Acusphere with Bob Langer, founder of Neomorphics and now Institute Professor at MIT. Under her leadership, Acusphere grew to >100 employees and invented four drug candidates that entered human clinical trials and partnership agreements with larger pharmaceutical companies. One of these drug candidates completed all three phases of human testing, commercial manufacturing scale-up and regulatory submissions for approval in the US and Europe.

Sherri was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Mass High Tech All-Star. She served on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and on the Board of the Massachusetts Medical Device Council (MassMEDIC).

She received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business and has served in alumni leadership positions of increasing responsibility since finishing her graduate degree, culminating in her service as Overseer at the Tuck School of Business and as Trustee at Dartmouth College.
 

Barnett D. Osman T'96

Partner, Lexington Partners L.P.

Pamela Peedin D’89, T’98

Former Chief Investment Officer, Dartmouth College

Pamela Peedin joined Dartmouth College as Chief Investment Officer on February 1, 2011. Previously, Ms. Peedin served as the first Chief Investment Officer at Boston University, having joined in 2007 to build the Investment Office of 6 people to oversee the day-to-day management of the institution's endowment assets. Prior to her time at Boston University she was a managing director at Cambridge Associates, an investment consulting firm providing asset allocation and implementation advice to not-for-profit, family and corporate clients. Ms. Peedin serves as a member of the Investment Committee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

She obtained her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Charles F. Preusse T'95

Partner, Ridgeway Partners, LLC

Charles has acted as a trusted advisor to senior executives for both multi-billion dollar companies as well as emerging growth companies for nearly three decades. He joined Ridgeway Partners in 2010 and works with companies to solve their most complex and strategic talent challenges. Charles has led high profile advisory search engagements for chief executive officers, chief financial officers, managing directors, board members, and a wide range of executive level positions across many industries and sectors. Areas of specific focus include banking, finance, financial technology, private equity, and real estate.

Prior to joining Ridgeway Partners, Charles spent twenty years in investment banking. Most recently, Charles was a Managing Director and member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee at Cowen and Company. During his tenure at Cowen, Charles held positions which included Head of Equity Capital Markets, Head of Services Investment Banking, and co-Head of Aerospace & Defense. Prior to joining Cowen, Charles was a Director in the investment banking group at Prudential Securities. Charles began his career at Merrill Lynch & Co.

Charles received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and a BA from Columbia College, Columbia University. He is currently a member of the Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute, a member of the Economic Club of New York, a member of the Denison University Parent Advancement Council, and is on the Board of Directors of the Bronxville School Foundation.

Paul E. Raether T'73

General Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

Paul Raether is a member of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in their New York City office. Prior to joining this private equity firm in 1980, he was vice president of Blyth Eastman Dillon & Company's Corporate Finance Department, director of financial analysis for Texasgulf Corporation, and a member of the corporate finance department of Reynolds Securities.

Mr. Raether is active on a number of boards, serving as the chairman of the board at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He also serves as a trustee of the Board of Overseers for the Tuck School of Business and a trustee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation. He served as an officer in the United States Navy.

He obtained his BA from Trinity College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Alice Ruth D’83

Chief Investment Officer, Dartmouth College Investment Office

Alice Ruth D’83 was named chief investment officer (CIO) of the Dartmouth College Investment Office (DCIO) on March 13, 2017, succeeding Pamela Peedin D’89, T’98 who spent more than six years as CIO. In her new role, Ruth will oversee Dartmouth’s investment office and management of the College’s $4.5 billion endowment. She will also manage additional college funds totaling approximately $1 billion.

Prior to joining DCIO, Ruth spent eight years as chief investment officer for Michael Bloomberg’s family office, known as Willett Advisors, in New York City. She also served in the same capacity for Bloomberg at Quadrangle Group. Before Quadrangle, she was CIO for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where she led and shaped a $6 billion portfolio. And prior to Moore, she spent 12 years at Montgomery Securities as a senior managing director and co-director of equity research.

Tore Rynning-Nielsen T’85

Senior Partner, Herkules Capital AS

Tore Rynning-Nielsen co-founded Herkules Private Equity Fund in 2003. Mr. Rynning-Nielsen is responsible partner for investments in European House of Beds, Hatteland Display and Odlo. Herkules buyout funds total $2.2 billion. He has more than 20 years of international corporate finance experience, including as a principal, an advisor and an investor. In 1999 he founded the private education company B+W Learning Systems AS, and grew that company through both acquisitions and organic growth in Norway and Sweden. He was president and CEO of the company until 2003. He has also held positions as managing director of Enskilda Securities' Norwegian operations and as senior vice president and treasurer of Holberg Industrier Inc. in Greenwich, Connecticut. From 1985 to 1988, Mr. Rynning-Nielsen worked at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in New York, responsible for origination of fixed income instruments for clients in Europe and Asia.

He obtained his BBA magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts and he received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Warren (“Renny”) C. Smith Jr. T'83 (Chairman)

Managing Director, Staley Capital Management

Renny Smith is the managing partner of Staley Capital Management, which he co-founded in 2008. Staley Capital’s primary focus is providing growth capital for business services companies. In 1990, Mr. Smith joined Thomas H. Lee Partners  and was one of the Partners responsible for investing Thomas H. Lee Equity Funds II, III and IV. Some of the investments he was responsible for include Finlay Fine Jewelry, Thermoscan, Rayovac and Eye Care Centers of America. In 1999 he co-founded TH Lee Putnam Ventures, a $1.1 billion growth equity fund. Mr. Smith has a long history of investing in retail, consumer product companies and marketing services and IT solutions for those markets. He is the Chairman of Parago, Inc. and serves on the Boards of 4R Systems and Aspen Marketing Services. Mr. Smith is the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business and is a former Co-Chairman of Tuck's MBA Advisory Board. Mr. Smith is also a member of Wesleyan University’s Board of Trustees and serves on its endowment portfolio sub-committee. 

He obtained his BA from Wesleyan University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Stephen J. Socolof T'87

Managing Partner, New Venture Partners LLC

Steve Socolof is a managing partner of New Venture Partners. This firm is the spin-off by Lucent Technologies of its New Ventures Group venture incubator for Bell Labs. New Venture Partners manages a portfolio of 27 companies, which were based on Bell Labs technology. Lucent continues as a limited partner along with new financial partners like Coller Capital. Mr. Socolof joined Lucent in 1996 with the charter to employ a venture-capital model as an alternative commercialization approach for bringing Bell Labs technology to market quickly. The New Ventures Group became one of the most successful, recognized corporate venture incubators, launching 34 new companies and producing a 35 percent IRR on invested capital by Lucent over its lifetime. Prior to joining Lucent Technologies, Mr. Socolof spent eight years with the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. At Booz Allen, he was one of the firm's leaders in helping clients improve their innovation and product development processes.

He obtained his BA, and his BS from Stanford University and he received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Russell W. Steenberg T'83

Managing Director, BlackRock, Inc

Russ Steenberg is the global head of Private Equity Partners, having joined the Adviser in July 1999 as founder and head of Private Equity Partners. Prior to joining the Adviser, he was a co-founder and managing director of Fenway Partners, a middle-market buyout group with US $1.4 billion of capital. From 1983 until joining Fenway in 1995, Mr. Steenberg was employed by AT&T Investment Management Company, where he was co-head of the AT&T Pension Fund’s US $3.6 billion private equity investment portfolio. In that capacity, he participated in sourcing, structuring, executing, and monitoring the investments of the AT&T Master Pension Trust in non-publicly traded debt and equity securities, as well as in private equity partnerships. While at AT&T and Fenway Partners, Mr. Steenberg made over 100 private equity investments with 36 general partners, committing or investing an aggregate of over US $3.6 billion of capital (US$337 million to venture capital fund investments, US$2.5 billion to other private equity fund investments and US$795 million to direct investments). Mr. Steenberg currently serves on the advisory boards of the following funds or GPs:  SKM Equity Fund III, Quadrangle Capital Partners, Lindsay Goldberg & Bessemer, Partech International, Clayton Dubilier & Rice VII, and Parallel Investment Partners.

He obtained his BA from St. Lawrence University, his MPA from the American University, and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

George J. Still Jr. T'84

Partner Emeritus, Norwest Venture Partners

George Still joined Norwest Venture Partners in October 1989, and is a managing partner of several Norwest Venture Capital Partnerships. During his 25 years in the venture capital field, he has invested in 44 companies, of which 18 have gone public and 16 have been acquired. Mr. Still was the sole venture investor in PeopleSoft and spent over 10 years on the company's board of directors. PeopleSoft grew from a start-up to an S&P 500 company with revenues in excess of $2 billion until it was acquired by Oracle for over $10 billion. In addition, he was a co-founder of several companies, including PeopleMan (acquired by PeopleSoft), Verio (acquired by NTT) and Website Pros (WSPI). Other notable investments include Brooks Fiber Communications (acquired by WorldCom), Corio (acquired by IBM), Netro (acquired by SR Telecom), SeeBeyond (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Octane Software (acquired by E.piphany), OneCom (acquired by Nextel), Chordiant Software (CHRD), 3DFX (acquired by NVidia), Octel Communications (acquired by Lucent), Intrepid Systems (acquired by PeopleSoft) and Metapath International (acquired by Marconi). Currently, he is lead investor and serves on the board of directors of Rackspace (RAX), an IT Hosting Solutions Company. Mr. Still served as a director of the National Venture Capital Association from 1995 to 2000 and on the Stanford Business School Venture Capital Trust from 1997 to 2001. Mr. Still also serves on the board of directors for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

He obtained his BS from Pennsylvania State University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

John S. Taylor Sr. T’79

Former Vice President of Research, National Venture Capital Association

John Taylor was Vice President of Research at National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) through 2015, which is based in Washington, DC. He joined NVCA in 1996 and built the NVCA’s research function from scratch by attracting the best commercial and non-profit groups and structuring durable and robust relationships. Accurate, complete, and accessible data provided the industry necessary credibility and visibility. It also enabled association members to access to best-of-breed databases. This has encouraged research and analysis by others and is providing insight into what creates great companies. In 2003, he co-founded the NVCA CFO Task Force, which focuses on regulation and emerging issues dealing with investment company financial reporting, private company reporting, and responsible industry transparency and disclosure. Today, members of this group have seats at the table of key national and international policy-making groups.

Mr. Taylor is frequently quoted by major newspapers and magazines on the subject of venture capital and has recently provided commentary on CNBC, WSJ, Bloomberg radio, NPR Morning Edition, The Jim Campbell Show, The Frank Peters Show, various podcasts, and regional newspapers. He is well known among industry leaders, academic leaders, national and local reporters, and senior policy making officials.

Mr. Taylor has served as a board member of both for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations. In 1998, he was awarded the Maryland Governors Citation for outstanding volunteer service for his work as chairman of Boys and Girls Homes of Maryland. He recently joined the Advisory Board of the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at the Amos Tuck School. In August 2010, he was appointed to the newly-established Nelson County (VA) Broadband Advisory Committee.

He obtained his BS from Dickinson College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Stephen Vicinelli D’87

Managing Director, The Investment Fund for Foundations

Stephen Vicinelli joined TIFF’s London office in 2003, serves as a deputy chief investment officer and heads TIFF’s private investment program, which selects and monitors primary and secondary investments in private equity, realty, and resources funds. He returned to the US in 2007 and is currently based in TIFF’s Cambridge, Massachusetts, office.

Prior to joining TIFF, Mr. Vicinelli spent 10 years at Morgan Stanley, where he held increasingly senior positions in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions, technology corporate finance, and realty advisory practices. For nine of those years, he was based in London, where he had significant exposure to the global private equity community as an advisor, underwriter, and co-investor. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Vicinelli was employed by the investment banking division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in the firm’s New York and Dallas offices. He serves as an Advisory Council member for Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy.

He obtained his AB in history from Dartmouth College and received his MBA from Columbia Business School.