LEADERSHIP

MIKE LAWRIE

Founder/CEO/Chief Investment Officer
  • CEO of three publicly-held companies and more than 40 years of management experience. 
      • Chairman & CEO of DXC Technology, NYSE: DXC, (2017 – 19)  and CSC (2012 – 17)
      • CSRA (2016-17) and Perspecta, NYSE:PRSP, (2016 – 20)
      • Executive Chairman of Allscripts (2008 – 10)
      • CEO of Misys (2006 – 12)
      • SVP and Group Executive, Head of Sales and Distribution Worldwide, IBM (2001 – 04); 27 years with IBM
      • Former Partner of ValueAct Capital (2005 – 6)
      • BA from Ohio University, MBA from Drexel University, Honorary Ph.D. from Shiv Nadar University
      • Board of Trustees at Drexel University
      • Currently Chairman of Perspecta (federal government information technology services firm)
      • Past Directorships
        • SSA software
        • Symbol Technologies
        • Good Technologies
        • Juniper Networks

Dave Johnson

Globally recognized expert in M&A having successfully completed more than 120 acquisitions representing more than $40B of equity investment, divestitures, and venture capital investments

  • Proven technology industry strategist with broad growth oriented transformational and operational experience
  • Leadership roles In both commercial companies and financial investment firms with global brand recognition:
    • Senior Advisor (previously Senior Managing Director) at Blackstone Group (2013 – Present): Led numerous domestic and international acquisitions in Cyber Security, Cloud Solutions, IT Services, Consulting and Outsourcing
    • Senior VP of Strategy at Dell Corporation (2009 – 13): Responsible for 20 acquisitions (Inc. Perot Services, Secure Works (Cyber Managed Services) and Boomi (Cloud SW). Also created and led SW Business to $1B in revenues
    • VP, Corporate Development at IBM (2001 – 09)
    • VP, Finance at IBM (1981-01): responsible for all acquisitions, divestitures, minority investments and acquisition integrations. VP Finance IBM $18B Technology Group. Managed 4000 employees in Finance, Strategy, IT, Sales, Operation and Supply Chain.
    • BA and MBA from Boston College, PMD Harvard University
    • Board of Trustees at Mercy College, Columbia University Technology Institute(advisor and mentor), Chairman-Glilot Venture Capital Advisors, Chairman-Cloudreach, Chairman- IntSights, Director- Mphasis
    • Past Directorships:
      • Cylance
      • Optiv
      • Sunguard
      • New Horizon’s Healthcare
      • Pactera

Jonathan Morris

  • Over 20 years experience with strong operational and execution track records with leading financial institutions
    • Operator, advisor and principal with increasing roles of leadership and responsibility
    • Experience leading principal investments, transaction due diligence and structuring
      • Commercial multi family office. The families have signed over $1.3B committed capital agreements under his leadership as President (2015 – Present)
      • Blackstone Investment Banking where he was also an independent director on the Board of SunGard AS (2012 –15)
      • Credit Suisse TMT investment banking group where he successfully completed ~$100B of transactions (2005 –12)
      • GAIN Capital Founding employee of a start-up and hedge fund, with both prop-trading and market-making side (FX) of the business. The company went from 3 to 200 employees and successfully IPO’d
    • Began career as a private equity analyst with Lombard Odier, a private Swiss bank based in Geneva, Switzerland. Working on investments which were opportunistic and non-industry focused
    • BS in Economics and Finance from the University of Virginia as well as an MBA from Georgetown University

Alex Miller

Seasoned business consultant with over 30 years of cross-functional and diverse industry experience which encompasses global conglomerate and private equity portfolio businesses, in both an operational and consultative role 

  • Successfully led revenue enhancement and cost optimization engagements leading to margin expansion through business improvements.
  • Expertise in world-class operations with practical knowledge in start-ups, acquisitions, consolidations, and restructuring.
  • Experience spans multiple industries including financial, professional, business and educational services, software / technology services, and healthcare services across the Americas, Europe and Asia.
    • Synergetics: CEO (2018 – Present), Senior Vice President (2006 – 2018), Director, Project Manager (1993 – 2006)
      • North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa
    • Proudfoot: Project Manager (1990 – 1993)
      • Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe
    • De Beers / Anglo American: Mining Engineer (1984 – 1990)
      • South Africa
  • BSc. in Engineering from University of Exeter, UK. MSc. in Systems Engineering from University of Cape Town, South Africa. Artificial Intelligence – Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Robotics from MIT – Sloan School of Management.

David Powers

  • Expertise developed over 38 years in private equity, project development and finance, M&A, and related governance and compliance matters
    • Private Equity: Lead Counsel on Fund Formation, Fund GP participation, Fund LPs, including secondary transactions in Fund LP interests, Fund Portfolio Company acquisitions and dispositions, and Compliance
    • Project Development and Finance: Lead Counsel on domestic and international energy, infrastructure, and manufacturing projects, including the (then) world’s largest solar power project (SEGS IX), and Hyundai Motor’s $1B first U.S. plant in Montgomery, Alabama, now producing approximately 400,000 cars annually
    • M&A: Led multiple acquisitions and dispositions, including the first acquisition of a controlling interest by a Russian company (Norilsk Nickel) in a NYSE company (Stillwater Mining).
    • Principal David N Powers Consulting LLC: 2018 – Present
    • COO The Strand Partners Inc. (Family Office) 2016-17
    • Partner Baker Botts L.L,P. 1990-2015 (Partner in Charge Hong Kong Office 2005-09)
    • Associate Baker Botts 1986-89
    • Counsel to Commissioner U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 1984-86
    • Associate Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher 1982-84
    • University of Virginia Law School, JD (Notes Editor, Virginia Law Review)
    • Princeton University, AB Cum Laude, School of Public & International Affairs
      • Starting Free Safety, Varsity Football
      • Treasurer, Cap & Gown Club

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