Board Member

Steven A. Denning

Steven A. Denning

Chairman, General Atlantic LLC

Steven A. Denning is the chairman of General Atlantic LLC, a firm he joined in 1980 and has helped build into a leading global growth equity firm with $35 billion in assets under management and fourteen offices worldwide. Denning joined General Atlantic after working with McKinsey & Company.

Denning is a member of the boards of directors of the National Park Foundation, College Advising Corps, the New York Regional Plan Association, and the Markle Foundation and Blue Meridian Partners, Inc., and is vice chair of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the board of trustees of the Bridgespan Group, and a member of the Starr Companies advisory board and the Columbia Climate board of advisors. He is vice chair of the advisory council of the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence and chair of the president’s global advisory council, advisory council of the Freeman Spogli Institute, and advisory council of the Natural Capital Project, all at Stanford University. He is a member of the Knight-Hennessy Scholar Program global advisory board and the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute advisory council.

Denning is former chairman of the Stanford board of trustees and former co-chair of the board of directors of the Nature Conservancy. He is emeritus chairman of the Stanford Graduate School of Business advisory council, and a lifelong trustee of the Brookings Institution, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Georgia Tech Foundation. Denning was formerly a trustee of the National Parks Conservation Society and former member of the board of the McKinsey Investment Office advisory council, the Georgia Tech Foundation and National Advisory Board, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University Advisory Board, the Cancer Research Institute, and the Connecticut Science Center.

Denning received a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology, which later awarded him an honorary doctorate; an MS from the Naval Postgraduate School, earned during his six-year service in the U.S. Navy; and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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