Kevin J. Conway is the Vice Chairman of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a global private equity firm known for blending investment skills with operating capabilities to build great businesses.
Kevin joined CD&R in 1994 and is currently a member of the Management Committee and Chair of the Investment Committee. He served as Managing Partner of CD&R from 2004 to 2016. Kevin has chaired the Investment Committee since 2001, over which time CD&R has invested $20 billion to acquire more than 50 companies.
Prior to joining CD&R, Kevin spent ten years with Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was elected a partner. He was a senior member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Department, advising corporate leaders and boards of directors on numerous transactions. Kevin also served as Chief of Staff of the Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division (1992-1994) and as Global Head of Investment Banking Recruiting (1988-1991).
Kevin serves on several charitable and civic Boards, including the Carnegie Corporation (Investment Committee), Catholic Health Services, The New York Catholic Foundation, and Student Sponsor Partners (former Board Chair and now Vice Chairman).
Kevin is a magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College, where he was a joint political science and economics major and was awarded the Densmore Berry Collins prize at graduation. Kevin holds a joint degree from Columbia University, with an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Chair, Abry Partners LLC
Peggy Koenig is Chair of Abry Partners, LLC, which is a top ranked North American private equity investment firm focused solely on investing in the media, communications, information and business services industries. She is also currently a 2018 Fellow in Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Program.
Abry has completed over $80 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity investments. The firm manages buy-out, growth equity and senior debt funds. Ms. Koenig joined ABRY in 1993 as a Partner when the firm organized its first $250 million buyout fund. Ms. Koenig during her tenure as co-CEO was responsible for the oversight of the firm’s 80 employees. She initiated a myriad of professional development activities to enhance the firm’s employee base. She co-chaired the firm’s investment committee, and she was responsible for raising nearly $7.5 billion of capital.
She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, where she is Vice Chair of the Research and Innovation committee. She is a member of the Board of Overseers of Cornell’s NY Tech Campus and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum. She is a founding member of the World Frontiers’ Forum and she is a member of Citi Private Bank North American Advisory Board.
MODERATOR: ARMAND DELLA MONICA
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Senior Managing Director, Blackstone Group
Peter Wallace is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. Mr. Wallace currently focuses primarily on the Business Services, Leisure and Consumer/Retail sectors. Since joining Blackstone in 1997, Mr. Wallace has led or been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Alight Solutions, AlliedBarton Security Services, Allied Waste, American Axle & Manufacturing, Centennial Communications, Centerplate (formerly Volume Services America), CommNet Cellular, GCA Services, LocusPoint Networks, Michaels Stores, New Skies Satellites, Outerstuff, Ltd., Pinnacle Foods/Birds Eye Foods, PSSI, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (formerly Busch Entertainment Corporation), Service King, Sirius Satellite Radio, Tradesmen International, Universal Orlando, Vivint, Vivint Solar and The Weather Channel Companies.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Alight Solutions, Michaels Stores, Outerstuff, Ltd., Service King, Tradesmen International, Vivint and Vivint Solar. Mr. Wallace received a BA from Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude.