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William F. Dawson, Jr. Chief Executive Officer

Bill Dawson joined Wellspring in 2001 and was named Chief Executive Officer in 2014. He has chaired the firm's investment committee since 2004. In addition to his general management responsibilities at the firm, Bill has led or cosponsored many of the firm's most successful investments in distribution, consumer services, business services and industrial companies.

Bill was previously a Partner at Whitney & Co., where he was head of the middle market buyout group. Prior to that, Bill spent 14 years at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation where he was most recently a managing director at DLJ Merchant Banking.

Bill has served on the boards of more than twenty public and private companies during his career. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Bill serves as a Trustee of St. Francis College and is on the board of the Police and Fire Widows and Orphans Fund. Bill lives in New York City with his wife and five children.