William E. Mayer

Senior Partner

Park Avenue Equity Partners

In 1999 William E. Mayer formed Park Avenue Equity Partners, which is a private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies.

From the fall of 1992 until December 1996, Mr. Mayer was a professor and Dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland. During his tenure at the University of Maryland, Mr. Mayer organized and led an effort that significantly improved the school’s programs and made it one of the top 25 ranked business schools in the country. From 1991 to 1992, Mr. Mayer served as a professor and Dean of the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.

Mr. Mayer worked for The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse), a major investment bank, for 23 years. During his career at First Boston, Mr. Mayer held numerous management positions including President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Mayer is currently a board member of the following public companies: DynaVox, BlackRock Kelso and Lee Enterprises, and is a trustee of the Columbia Group of Mutual Funds. Over the past 35 years, he has been a board member of numerous other public and private companies. Mr. Mayer was Chairman of the Aspen Institute from 2000 to 2008 and is currently on its Executive Committee. He is past Chairman of the Board of the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and is currently on its Executive Committee. He is also the U.S. Chairman of the British-North American Committee, a board member of the Acumen Fund and Atlantic Council, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Vietnam Dialogue Group, and Vice Chairman of the Middle East Investment Initiative.

Mr. Mayer was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He holds a BS and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

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