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Senior Managing Directors

George L. Davis

George Davis is the Founder and Managing Partner of Davis Partners Group, with a particular focus on human capital management, including Board and CEO evaluation, succession planning and organizational effectiveness. His clients include both Global Fortune 500, Russell 2000 and private equity backed companies.

Previously, George served as Managing Partner and Executive Committee Member of Egon Zehnder International (EZI), the leading global executive search firm. During his 20 year tenure with EZI, he led both the CEO and Board practices, as well as serving as head of North America. Having helped to recruit more than 500 CEOs and Board Directors across a range of industries, George has served as a trusted advisor to organizations seeking guidance on a variety of critical management and boardroom issues, including succession planning, organizational effectiveness, strategy, and digital transformation.

Prior to founding Davis Partners Group, George led talent operations for MacAndrews & Forbes, a multi-billion privately-held holding company that includes such diverse businesses and Revlon, Harland Clarke, and RetailMeNot. He is a recognized expert in both human capital management and corporate governance who has been a frequent contributor to such major business media as Business Week, CNBC, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and The Wall Street Journal.

Current:
– Founder & Managing Partner, Davis Partners Group
– Senior Advisor, Spotlight Advisory Group
– Board Director, PSI Systems

Education:
– MM, Kellogg School, Northwestern University
– BA, Hamilton College, cum laude

Career Highlights:
– Global CEO Practice Leader, Egon Zehnder (4 years)
– Global Board Practice Leader, Egon Zehnder (10 years)
– Global Executive Committee, Egon Zehnder (9 years)
– Co-Managing Partner – US, Egon Zehnder (3 years)
– NACD Top 100 People in Corporate Governance (4 time recipient)

Jay W. Ireland

Jay Ireland is a Senior Managing Director with Davis Partners Group, with a particular focus on operating management and operational excellence. He is a truly global executive who has held leadership positions in financial services, media, materials, project development and energy, and has deep experience in developing markets. His clients include multinational corporations, governments and private companies.

Jay spent 38 years with GE, serving as a Corporate Officer and driving financial, operational, and cultural change at a wide variety of businesses within the company. His many executive roles at GE include CEO of GE Asset Management, a global investment firm with $120B AUM, which he successfully guided through the 2008 financial crisis. As President of NBC Universal Stations, Jay led the operations of NBCU’s 10 television stations, network operations, and syndication business, as well as the Telemundo network and its 16 TV stations.

Prior to joining Davis Partners Group, Jay was CEO of GE Africa, where he expanded GE’s presence to 32 countries and grew revenue at an annual rate of 18% to nearly $4 billion. Jay was twice named Business Leader of the Year by Africa Investor (Ai) magazine and is a frequent speaker on topics of leadership, policy, and investment opportunities in emerging markets.

Current:
– Senior Managing Director, Davis Partners Group
– Senior Advisor, Covington, and Burling
– Board Director, Gates Industrial (NYSE: GTES)
– Board Director, Mastercard Foundation

Education:
– BA, Saint Lawrence University

Career Highlights
– CEO, GE Africa (8 years)
– CEO, GE Asset Management (4 years)
– President, NBC Universal Universal Stations (7 years)
– Member, GE Corporate Executive Council (12 years)
– Chairman, US President’s Advisory Council on Doing business in Africa (5 years)
– Co-Chair, US Chamber of Commerce’s US-Africa Business Center (2 years)

Paul F. Deninger

Paul Deninger is a Senior Managing Director with Davis Partners Group, with a particular focus on advising CEOs and Boards on corporate strategy, capital allocation, shareholder activism and digital disruption. He has deep capital markets experience and, over the course of his career, has advised hundreds of companies on strategies for shareholder value creation. His clients include both public and private companies, and their investors.

Paul brings to Davis Partners Group over 30 years of experience as a CEO, Board Director, and banker. As a CEO, he grew Broadview International’s revenue sixfold, building the company into the leading independent M&A advisory firm serving the technology industry. As a banker at Broadview (Managing Director), Jefferies (Vice-Chairman), and Evercore (Senior Managing Director), Paul completed more than 150 M&A and financing transactions in nearly every sector of the technology industry. Paul’s 25 years of experience as Board Director at both public and private companies, coupled with his experience advising hundreds of boards as a banker, have made him an expert in Corporate Governance and Boardroom dynamics.

Prior to joining Davis Partners Group, Paul was a Senior Advisor to Evercore Partners. A recognized technology industry thought leader, he has been a keynote speaker in US, Europe, and Asia. He was previously a 14-year attendee at the World Economic Forum at Davos and a member of the US Treasury Task Force that led to the 2012 JOBS Act.

Current:
– Senior Managing Director, Davis Partners Group.
– Board Director, Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM)
– Board Director, Resideo Technologies (NYSE: REZI)
– Board Director, EverQuote (NASDAQ: EVER)

Education:
MBA, Harvard Business School
BS, Boston College, cum laude

Career Highlights:
– 150+ Technology M&A and Financing Transactions
– Growth-Oriented CEO, Broadview (8 years)
– Active Public and Private Co. Board Director (25 years)
– US Treasury Task Force, JOBS Act (2012)
– World Economic Forum, Davos (14 years)

Laurie Stern

Laurie Stern is a Managing Director of Davis Partners Group, focusing on human capital management, strategic marketing, transformation, and organizational effectiveness. Her clients include Global Fortune 500, public benefit corporations and venture capital. She is a seasoned consultant combining abilities to think strategically, collaborate creatively to drive impact and unlock potential at all levels of an organization.

Prior to joining the Davis Partners Group, Laurie led numerous special projects for Boston Consulting Group around the world working with senior executive clients and firm leaders including the global functional practice leadership and North American marketing leadership. She was a critical team lead in designing and delivering the content and messaging for the firm’s flagship client knowledge event, Consilium@BCG, which earned the CEO’s Award for Innovation.

During her more than 25 years as a consultant and executive, Laurie has led multiple board level strategic planning efforts to drive growth and transformation. In addition, she has helped multiple boards evaluate and plan for leadership transition and succession and led national search efforts at key inflection points in the history of those organizations. She has led the design and delivery of executive conversations around driving corporate growth, innovation and transformation; countering disruption; developing leadership and talent; and accelerating organizational purpose.

Current:
–Davis Partners Group
–Special Projects, Boston Consulting Group

 Education:
–MBA, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
–AB, Stanford University with distinction

 Career Highlights:
–Boston Consulting Group (8 years)

–Independent Consultant to venture capital and public benefit corporations (5 years)

–COO, Electec Technical Sales (5 years)
–Sony Pictures Entertainment, Change Management (3 years)
–Oracle Corporation, Sales and Marketing (4 years)

David Daniels

David Daniels is a Managing Director with Davis Partners Group, with a particular focus on change management and digital transformations.  David’s accomplished career spans three decades and is highlighted by leadership positions in a variety of industries ranging from philanthropy and publishing to advertising technology, SaaS platforms and professional sports.

David has worked in senior management positions at both emerging enterprises such asOpenX, an advertising technology company and New England Sports Network, an industry leading regional sports network as well asmultinational corporations such as The Walt Disney Company and United Way Worldwide.  Through the application of critical thinking, effective collaboration and entrepreneurial spirit and corporate governance, David has built a strong reputation across multiple businesses for improving individual and company results. David has driven innovation and transformation from the board level to field operations throughout his career.

Prior to joining Davis Partners Group, David was Vice President, Business Development Digital Services at United Way Worldwide, where he managed all revenue functions and developed an industry leading Corporate Social Responsibility platform in partnership with Salesforce to manage corporate/employee relationships with affiliates including Deloitte, UPS and other Fortune 1000 companies.

Current:
– Davis Partners Group

– Senior Advisor, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
– Board Director, Christine M. Loeber Foundation

 Education:
– BA, Stonehill College

 Career Highlights
– VP Business Development, United Way

– Global Sales Development, OpenX
– SVP, Walt Disney Company
– COO and original member of executive team, Worcester Sharks professional hockey team (3 years)