William E. Ford

CEO, General Atlantic

William E. Ford is the CEO of General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, Bill Ford has over 25 years of experience investing in and helping to build leading growth companies including IHS Markit, e*Trade, Priceline, and First Republic Bank. Under Mr. Ford’s leadership, General Atlantic has expanded its global presence, increased its capital base, and deepened its capabilities to identify and partner with high-potential growth companies across multiple business sectors and geographies.

Mr. Ford joined General Atlantic in 1991 and became CEO in 2007. He serves on the boards of several current portfolio companies, including IHS Markit and Tory Burch. He was formerly a director of prior General Atlantic investments, including First Republic Bank, NYSE Euronext, e*Trade, Priceline, and NYMEX. Mr. Ford is Chairman of General Atlantic’s Executive Committee and is a member of the firm’s Investment and Portfolio Committees.

Mr. Ford is involved with a number of educational and not-for-profit organizations. From 2001 to 2013, he served as a Trustee of Amherst College and currently serves on the Investment Committee for the College’s endowment. He serves as Chair of the Rockefeller University, and sits on the boards of BlackRock, Endeavor, Lincoln Center, and The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Mr. Ford is also active in business education. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management and formerly served as the Vice Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Partnership for New York City, the New York State Life Science Advisory Board, and the board of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and of the Steering Committee for The CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion.

Prior to joining General Atlantic, Mr. Ford was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Company.

Mr. Ford received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.