Jonathan M. Nelson

We are delighted to announce that Jonathon M. Nelson, Founder and CEO of Providence Equity Partners, a global private equity firm focused on investments in the Tech, Media and Telecoms industries managing funds with $49 billion in commitments, will be our ninth guest speaker for the 2020/2021 university year.


Mr Nelson will be speaking with our society virtually on the 22nd of January 2021. We will pre-record and release the interview on our Facebook and Youtube channels shortly thereafter. The final video will also be embedded here.


Mr. Nelson has been a private equity investor for 37 years. He founded Providence in 1989. Previously, he was a managing director of Narragansett Capital, Inc., which he joined in 1983. At Narragansett Capital, Mr. Nelson specialised in private equity investments in media. In 2008 he launched Providence’s credit investment arm, Benefit Street Partners, with Thomas Gahan of Deutsche bank, which now has $19.9 billion in assets under management.


Mr. Nelson serves on the board of directors of The Chernin Group and is a trustee of Brown University, The Rockefeller University and Institute for Advanced Study. He is a member of the Board of Dean's Advisors at Harvard Business School. He has also served as a director of numerous other Providence portfolio companies, including Hulu, MetroNet (now AT&T Canada), VoiceStream Wireless (now T-Mobile US) and Warner Music Group.


Mr Nelson holds a BA in Economics from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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