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Private Equity Conference

Private Equity Conference

2021 Keynote Speakers

Anthony Davis, MBA ’98

Anthony Davis, MBA ’98

President and Managing Partner, Linden Capital Partners

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Anthony Davis, MBA ’98

President and Managing Partner, Linden Capital Partners

Tony Davis is the president, a managing partner and cofounder of Linden Capital Partners. He has been involved in private equity and consulting since 1992. He currently serves on the boards of Advarra, Smile Doctors, and Spear Education and is chairman of the board of Sage Dental. He previously served on the boards of directors for Behavioral Centers of America, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Focused Health Solutions, ProPharma, Ranir, Virtus Pharmaceuticals, and Young Innovations. Additionally, Tony is a member of the Chicago Commonwealth Club, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago. Tony is a trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry and is a director on the Northwestern Medical Group Board of Directors. Tony was selected by the US Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary as a member of the Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit.

Tony holds a bachelor of arts with honors in economics from Northwestern University and an MBA with honors from Chicago Booth, where he was a Rosett Scholar. Tony serves on the Polsky Center Private Equity Council and as a guest lecturer on private equity.

Johannes Huth, MBA ’86

Johannes Huth, MBA ’86

Managing Director, KKR

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Johannes Huth, MBA ’86

Managing Director, KKR

Johannes Huth joined KKR in May 1999 and is a partner of KKR and head of KKR’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is also a member of the firm’s management committee and several of the firm’s investment committees. Prior to joining KKR, Johannes was a member of the management committee of Investcorp and jointly responsible for Investcorp’s operations in Europe. From 1986 to 1991, he worked at Salomon Brothers, where he was a vice president in the mergers and acquisitions departments in London and New York.

Johannes is currently chairman of Hensoldt Holding, and a member of the boards of Axel Springer and Coty.

He is tresorier and a member of the Conseil d’Administration of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris; vice-chair of the board of trustees of the Design Museum, trustee of the Staedel Museum in Frankfurt, member of council and audit committee, LSE, and a member of the global advisory board of Chicago Booth. He is a visiting fellow of Oxford University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He earned a BSc with highest honors from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Chelsea Stoner, MBA ’03

Chelsea Stoner, MBA ’03

General Partner, Battery Venture

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Chelsea Stoner, MBA ’03

General Partner, Battery Venture

Chelsea Stoner, general partner of Battery Ventures, focuses on investments in the software and healthcare-IT sectors. Prior to Battery, she was an associate at the private equity firm Key Principal Partners. Earlier in her career, Chelsea was a manager at Accenture and also has held positions with Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and with Classified Ventures. She serves on the boards of Avalara, Curve Dental, PageUp, InCloud Council, and Redox. Her previous investments include Brightree, Data Innovations, Glassdoor, Groupon, Guidewire, Intacct, Marketo, Practice Fusion, RealPage, WebPT, and ClearCare.

In 2013, Chelsea was named to the Forbes Midas “Hot Prospects” list of up-and-coming venture capitalists, and in 2018 she was included on Business Insider’s 23 Top Venture Capitalists in Enterprise Tech list.

She received a BS with honors in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Chicago Booth. She also currently sits on the Northwestern University Engineering School Board and serves on the Healthcare Technology Advisory Council for the Cleveland Clinic.

2020 Keynote Speakers

Stu Porter, MBA ’94

Stu Porter, MBA ’94

Founder and CEO, Denham Capital

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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

Managing Partner, L Catterton

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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.

Paul Finnegan

Paul Finnegan

Cofounder, Madison Dearborn Partners

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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.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Phil Canfield, MBA ’96

Phil Canfield, MBA ’96

Managing Director of GTCR

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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

Managing Director of Silver Lake

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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

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

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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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