The upcoming 20th annual Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference will be hosted on Friday, January 31st.
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Stephen Murray is President and Chief Executive Officer of CCMP Capital and a member of the firm's Investment Committee. Mr. Murray focuses on investments in consumer, retail and services, financial services and healthcare. Prior to joining CCMP in 1989, Mr. Murray was a Vice President with the Middle-Market Lending Division of Manufacturers Hanover. Mr. Murray holds a B.A. from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Aramark Corporation, Crestcom, Generac Holdings, Inc., Infogroup Inc., Jetro JMDH Holdings, Inc., LHP Hospital Group, Inc., Medpace Holdings, Inc., Octagon Credit Investors, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Strongwood Insurance Holdings Co. and Warner Chilcott plc.
Alan Patricof, a venture capital pioneer, founded Greycroft, LLC in 2006. Greycroft is a venture capital firm, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, focused on the digital media sector. The firm has two funds, Greycroft I and Greycfroft II, with combined committed capital of $205 million. Prior to founding Greycroft, Mr. Patricof was the founder and chairman of Apax Partners, Inc. (formerly Patricof & Co. Ventures, Inc.), the U.S. arm of Apax Partners, Worldwide, LP, now one of the world’s leading private equity firms with $41 billion under management or advice.
During the past 40-plus years, Mr. Patricof has participated in the financing and development of a large number of public and private companies. Companies with which he has been involved at the initial stages are Apple Computer, America Online, Cadence Systems, Office Depot, FORE Systems, Cellular Communications, Inc., IntraLinks, Audible, Inc. and The Huffington Post.
Mr. Patricof has been active in the New York and Washington communities as a board member of Trickle Up Program, Global Advisory Board of Endeavor and Applied Sciences NYC Advisory Board. In 2007, he was appointed to the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation by the President of the United States; he is currently serving his second term. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Chairman of the White House Conference on Small Business Commission. Mr. Patricof holds a BS in Finance from Ohio State University and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is married to his wife Susan for over 40 years and he has three sons, Mark, Jonathan, James, as well as seven grandchildren, Lily, Nina, Jack, Chloe, Lila, Riley and Sawyer.
Carl Thoma is a managing partner of Thoma Bravo, LLC which manages private equity funds. Thoma Bravo currently is managing $2.5 billion and was one of the early partnerships in private equity launching their first fund in 1980.
Thoma began his career in private equity with the First National Bank of Chicago. In 1980, he founded a private equity firm now known as Thoma Bravo, LLC. His firm has invested more than $4 billion in growing companies over the past 35 years. Thoma has been acknowledged in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, and Business Week for his investment leadership. He is most noted for his success in Pagenet, where his firm made over 100 times their investment and secured numerous cellular licenses that are now a critical part of AT&T; cellular network. Thoma has served as chairman of the National Venture Capital Association and the Illinois Venture Capital Association, on the board of the Copia, the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, Northwestern Evanston Hospital Board and the Illinois Institution of Technology.
Carl Thoma earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1970 from Oklahoma State University and completed his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1973. He now resides in Chicago and has two adult children. His interests include wine, investing and art.
David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Carlyle Group. Mr. Rubenstein is based in Washington, D.C.
Prior to forming the firm in 1987, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in Washington, D.C. with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw Pittman). From 1977 to 1981, during the Carter administration, Mr. Rubenstein was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. From 1975 to 1976, he served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. From 1973 to 1975, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in New York with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
Mr. Rubenstein is a 1970 magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Following Duke, Mr. Rubenstein graduated in 1973 from The University of Chicago Law School.
Among other philanthropic endeavors, Mr. Rubenstein is the Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, President of the Economic Club of Washington and on the Boards of Directors or Trustees of Duke University (Vice Chair), the Brookings Institution (Vice Chair), the Council on Foreign Relations (Vice Chair) and the Institute for Advanced Study.
Mr. Rubenstein is also a member of several advisory boards including the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors, the Board of Trustees of the Young Global Leaders Foundation, the Advisory Board of School of Economics and Management Tsinghua University and the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum.