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2020 Keynote Speakers

Paul Finnegan
Paul Finnegan

Paul Finnegan

Cofounder, Madison Dearborn Partners

Paul Finnegan is cofounder of Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP). Prior to cofounding MDP in 1992, Finnegan was with First Chicago Venture Capital for ten years. He is the 31sttreasurer of Harvard University, a member of the Harvard Corporation, and the chair of the Harvard Management Company. He is a past member of the board of overseers and a past president of the Harvard Alumni Association. Finnegan currently serves on the boards of directors of AIA Corporation, CDW Corporation, and Government Sourcing Solutions, and he also serves as a member of the board of Dean’s Advisors at the Harvard Business School. He is the past chairman and current board member of Teach for America in Chicago and a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Finnegan received an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Stu Porter, MBA ’94
Stu Porter, MBA ’94

Stu Porter, MBA ’94

Founder and CEO, Denham Capital

Stuart Porteris the founder of Denham Capital Management and serves as the firm’s CEO and CIO. Porter brings almost 30 years of senior investment experience to Denham Capital and serves on the investment committee and the valuation committee. Prior to founding Denham Capital, Porter was a founding partner of Sowood Capital Management and, prior thereto, was employed as a vice president and portfolio manager at Harvard Management Company where he focused on public and private transactions in the energy and commodities sectors. Porter began his career at the Chicago Board of Trade as an independent trader in the bond pit and, post graduate school, worked on the GSCI desk at J. Aron, the commodities division of Goldman Sachs. Porter received a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Nikhil Thukral, MBA ’98
Nikhil Thukral, MBA ’98

Nikhil Thukral, MBA ’98

Managing Partner, L Catterton

Nikhil Thukral is a managing partner at L Catterton focused on its buyout fund. Prior to joining L Catterton, Thukral was a vice president at MidOcean Partners, a New York- and London-based private equity firm. Prior to MidOcean, he spent three years with DB Capital Partners, the private equity arm of Deutsche Bank and the predecessor entity to MidOcean. While at MidOcean and DB Capital, he helped originate, evaluate, and monitor both control and minority investments in middle market companies in the consumer products and general industrial sectors. Prior to joining DB Capital, Thukral was an associate in the healthcare group at JP Morgan and Co., where he focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising mandates for clients in the pharmaceutical and healthcare services sectors, respectively. Thukral received a BS with high honors in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Phil Canfield, MBA ’96
Phil Canfield, MBA ’96

Phil Canfield, MBA ’96

Managing Director of GTCR

Phil Canfield joined GTCR in 1992 and is currently a managing director of the firm. Canfield previously worked in the corporate finance department of Kidder, Peabody & Co.

Canfield is co-head of the technology, media & telecommunications group at GTCR and has been focused on building this area for GTCR since 1996. He is currently a director of Cision, Inteliquent, Lytx and Mega Broadband Investments. Canfield has played a leadership role in a number of past investments including AppNet, CellNet, DigitalNet, Rural Broadband Investments, Solera, Sorenson Communications, Transaction Network Services and Zayo.

Canfield is a member of the council at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and serves on the Polsky Center PE Council for the University of Chicago. In addition, he is a member of the board of trustees for Rush University Medical Center and a member of the board of governors for Rush University. At the University of Texas, Canfield has been recognized as a Lifetime Leader and he serves on the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council. He is also a member of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation’s Trustee Council.

Canfield holds an MBA from Chicago Booth and a BBA in finance with high honors from the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas.

Joe Osnoss
Joe Osnoss

Joe Osnoss

Managing Director of Silver Lake

Joe Osnoss joined Silver Lake in 2002 and is a managing director. From 2010 to 2014, he was based in London, where he helped oversee the firm’s activities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Prior to joining Silver Lake, Osnoss worked in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he focused on mergers, acquisitions, and financings in the technology and telecommunications industries. He previously held positions at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting in France and at Bracebridge Capital, a quantitative hedge fund. Osnoss is a director of Cast & Crew, Cegid, Cornerstone OnDemand, Global Blue, LightBox, and Sabre Corporation. He previously served on the boards of Instinet Incorporated, Interactive Data Corporation, Mercury Payment Systems, and Virtu Financial. Osnoss graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with an AB in applied mathematics and a citation in French language. He also has served as a Visiting Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics.

Penny Pritzker
Penny Pritzker

Penny Pritzker

Founder and Chairman, PSP Capital; 38th Secretary of Commerce

 

Penny is an entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist with more than 30 years of experience in numerous industries. She is the founder and chairman of PSP Capital and Pritzker Realty Group, a global private investment firm that takes a long-term, fundamental approach to investing in and building market-leading businesses in sectors such as professional services, real estate, technology, agriculture, industrial services, and consumer products. From June 2013 through January 2017, Penny served as US Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration. She was a core member of President Obama’s economic team and served as the country’s chief commercial advocate, leading the Administration’s trade and investment promotion efforts. She also served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and his Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Currently, Penny is a member of the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, and the Aspen Economic Strategy Group, a member of the board of the Obama Foundation, and on the advisory council of The Hamilton Project. She earned a BA degree in economics from Harvard University and a JD and MBA from Stanford University.

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