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William E. Ford
William E. Ford
Director
 

Mr. Ford is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm, a position he has held since 2007 and where he has worked since 1991. He also serves as Chairman of General Atlantic’s management committee and is a member of the firm’s investment and portfolio committees. Prior to his career at General Atlantic, Mr. Ford was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley from 1983 to 1991. Mr. Ford serves on the board of BlackRock Inc. and as a member of its audit and compensation committees, and on the board of Royalty Pharma plc, where he is chair of the compensation committee and serves on the nominating and governance committee. Mr. Ford also serves on the board of Bytedance. Mr. Ford was formerly on the board of Tory Burch, a current General Atlantic portfolio company, and was formerly a director of a number of prior General Atlantic investments, including First Republic Bank, NYSE Euronext, E*TRADE, Priceline, and NYMEX. Under Mr. Ford’s leadership, General Atlantic has expanded its global presence, increased its capital base, and deepened its capabilities to identify and partner with high-potential growth companies across multiple business sectors and geographies.

Mr. Ford is actively involved in a number of educational and nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the board of Rockefeller University, where he is Chairman, and is a member of the Amherst College Endowment Investment Committee. Mr. Ford is an advisory board member of Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management and sits on the board of overseers and managers for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Mr. Ford serves on the board of directors of the National Committee on United States–China Relations, Endeavor, and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, and is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a member of the steering committee for the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion initiative and is the co-chair of the Partnership for New York City. Mr. Ford sits on the New York State Life Sciences Advisory Board and is on the advisory board of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s Initiative on Digital Identification for Africa. Mr. Ford holds a BA in Economics from Amherst College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.