Gwyneth M. Ketterer is a Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School, where she created and teaches a course in the fundamentals of private equity. Most recently, Ms. Ketterer was Chief Operating Officer and co-founding Partner of Irving Place Capital (“IPC”), which formerly was Bear Stearns Merchant Banking (“BSMB”). IPC is a New York based middle market private equity firm managing equity commitments in excess of $5 billion. Ms. Ketterer joined Bear Stearns as a Senior Managing Director in 1998 to develop its merchant banking business. Her operating oversight encompassed finance, marketing, deal sourcing, portfolio management, legal and tax, regulatory matters and compliance, investor reporting and relations, IT, recruiting and compensation. In addition to all of IPC’s operations, her responsibilities included management of its institutional funds, private equity portfolios, strategy, capital raising initiatives and new business development. Ms. Ketterer served on the firm’s Investment Committee. She pioneered a portfolio-wide strategic services initiative and spearheaded the creation of Bear Growth Capital Partners and BSMB’s Greater China joint venture. Ms. Ketterer also was a member of Bear Stearns’ President’s Advisory Council.
Prior to BSMB, Ms. Ketterer served as Senior Vice President of the Merchant Banking Division of Lehman Brothers Inc. and a member of Lehman Brothers’ Investment Screening Committee. While at Lehman Brothers, she also spent several years in Mergers & Acquisitions, both in New York and London, specializing in cross-border advisory and privatization transactions.
Ms. Ketterer is a member of Trustees’ Council of Penn Women, member of the boards of Women’s Association of Venture and Equity and University Women’s Club of Argentina, and a trustee of Oysterponds Historical Society. Previously, she was on the board of Chelsea Day School and the finance committee of Trinity School. Ms. Ketterer holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a BS Economics from the Wharton School and a BA from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Ketterer currently resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina with her two children.