Steven Denning

Chairman Emeritus

REGION United States


Steven A. Denning is Chairman Emeritus of General Atlantic and has been part of the firm since its founding in 1980. As the second investment professional at the firm, Steve helped build General Atlantic with a singular vision of supporting entrepreneurs as they work to grow their businesses. From the outset, his mission has been to partner with strong growth companies led by exceptional management teams to help their organizations become market leaders. For over three decades, Steve has helped General Atlantic become a leading global growth investment firm, today with 14 offices around the world. Steve also served on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University from 2004 to 2017, including as its Chairman from 2012 to 2017. Before joining General Atlantic, Steve worked at McKinsey & Company and served for six years in the U.S. Navy.

Current Board Affiliations

Starr Companies, Advisory Board Member

Historical Board Affiliations

Gavilon, Board Member
Genpact, Board Member
IHS Markit, Board Member
Liberata, Board Member
SAIC, Board Member


Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Industrial Management
Naval Postgraduate School, M.S., Management Science
Stanford Graduate School of Business, M.B.A.

Community Involvement

American Museum of Natural History, Honorary Trustee
Blue Meridian Partners, Inc., Board Member
Bridgespan Group, Trustee
Brookings Institution, Senior Trustee
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Vice Chair, Trustee
College Advising Corps, Board Member
Columbia Climate, Advisory Board & Executive Committee Member
Georgia Tech Foundation, Trustee Emeritus
Markle Foundation, Board Member
National Park Foundation, Board Member
New York Regional Plan Association, Board Member
Stanford Graduate School of Business, Emeritus Chairman of the Advisory Council
Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute, Advisory Board Member
Stanford University’s Global Advisory Council to the President, Chair
Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Advisory Council Member
Stanford University's Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Advisory Council Member
Stanford University’s Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, Advisory Board Member
Stanford University’s Natural Capital Advisory Council, Chair
Stanford University’s Online Teaching and Learning Program, Advisory Board Member