Board of Directors
Mark Gerson, Chairman
Mark Gerson is the co-founder and Chairman of Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG). He is the Chairman of United Hatzalah (the network of first responders that treat victims of pre-hospital trauma in Israel) and the co-founder and Chairman of the Africa Mission Healthcare Foundation (which supports the work of medical missionaries performing clinical care throughout Africa). Mark is also the co-founder and co-Chairman of Thuzio, the Chairman of Axial Markets and the author of The Neoconservative Vision: From the Cold War to the Culture Wars (Madison Books: 1996) and of In the Classroom: Dispatches from an Inner-City School That Works (Free Press: 1997). He lives with his wife, Rabbi Erica Gerson, and their three children in New Jersey. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Williams College and received his JD from Yale Law School.
Mike Bingle is a member of Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.'s Board of Directors. He is currently a Managing Director and Co-Head of North America for Silver Lake Partners. Mr. Bingle has significant experience in private equity, technology investing, and large-scale mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Silver Lake, Mr. Bingle was a principal at Apollo Management, L.P., where he evaluated, executed and harvested a wide variety of private equity investments. Before Apollo, he worked as an investment banker in the Leveraged Finance Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Bingle currently serves on the corporate boards of Gartner, Inc., IPC Systems, Inc. and Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc. He's also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of Visitors for Duke University's School of Engineering, as well as the External Advisory Board of McKinsey & Company. Previously, he was a director of Ameritrade Holding Corp., Datek Online Holdings, Inc. and Instinet, Inc. He holds a BSE in biomedical engineering from Duke University.
John Goldsmith is a member of Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.'s Board of Directors. Mr. Goldsmith is an investor in early-stage and growth companies. Through the end of 1999, he was a partner of AEA Investors Inc., which he joined in 1989. While at AEA, Mr. Goldsmith was involved in all aspects of the investment management process including identifying, evaluating, negotiating and financing attractive businesses, and working with their managements to plan and achieve their goals. During this period the AEA team generated net returns to investors of approximately 50 percent on more than 1 billion dollars of equity. Mr. Goldsmith is a CPA (inactive), received an MBA in finance from NYU's Stern School of Business and graduated from Princeton University.
Thomas D. Lehrman
Thomas D. Lehrman is co-founder and former Co-Chief Executive Officer of Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc. He is also a member of Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.'s Board of Directors. Mr. Lehrman most recently served as Director of the Office of WMD Terrorism at the U.S. Department of State and previously as a member of the professional staff on the President's WMD Commission. Earlier in his career, he worked as a financial analyst at Tiger Management. He is also a co-founder and board member of the Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School and the Hillhouse Scholars Program. Mr. Lehrman is a Chartered Financial Analyst and graduated from Duke University and Yale Law School.
Edward Nicoll is a member of Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.'s Board of Directors. Mr. Nicoll is the former CEO of Instinet and Datek and the former President of Waterhouse Securities. He is a Trustee of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey. Mr. Nicoll is the first person in the modern era to have graduated Yale Law School without having gone to college.
Simon Patterson is a member of Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.'s Board of Directors. Mr. Patterson joined Silver Lake Partners in 2005 and is a Director. Prior to joining Silver Lake, he worked at General Atlantic Partners and at GF-X, provider of the leading air cargo distribution system, where he was a member of the founding management team and held the roles of Senior Vice President Asia Pacific and Product Development Director. Prior to GF-X, he was a Managing Director of BMC, a subsidiary of the Financial Times Group, and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He serves on the boards of Skype and Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc., and is the Chairman of the Prince's Trust Internet and Media Leadership Group. Mr. Patterson holds an MA from King's College, Cambridge University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and was presented with the Alexander Robichek Award for Achievement in Finance.
As a founding member of Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc., Alexander serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Under his guidance, we have become the leader in providing timely and powerful connections to expertise. Alexander was previously our Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Gerson Lehrman Group, Alexander reported on companies and financial markets for Bloomberg Business News in New York and Frankfurt. His work has been published in The New York Times and Frankfüerter Allgemeine Zeitung, among other publications. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Alexander has also volunteered as an emergency medical technician, is a licensed multi-engine pilot and has trained sled dogs for the 1995 Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska.
Rob Stavis is a member of Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.'s Board of Directors. Mr. Stavis is a General Partner in Bessemer Venture Partners' Larchmont, New York office. He primarily focuses on early-stage investments in financial services and in emerging software technologies. Mr. Stavis is currently involved with Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc., Portrait Software (formerly AIT Group, LSE-AIM: PST), Zopa, Revver, Pure Networks, and Quadriserv. His exited investments include SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee), PRE Solutions (acquired by Incomm), LifeHarbor (acquired by Vestmark) and Skype Technologies (purchased by E-bay in 2005), where Mr. Stavis led the A round. Prior to joining Bessemer, Mr. Stavis was a private equity investor, managing a portfolio of interests in a variety of industries including telecommunications, software, technology, gaming, and restaurants. Until July of 1998, he was the co-head of global arbitrage trading for Salomon Smith Barney. Mr. Stavis served as a member of the firm's operating committee, risk management committee and control and compliance committee. He has published numerous articles on derivatives pricing and risk management. Mr. Stavis holds degrees from the Engineering School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Management.