William E. Ford

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

REGION United States

New York

Bill Ford is General Atlantic’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, with three decades of experience investing in and helping build leading growth companies, including IHS Markit, e*Trade, Priceline, and First Republic Bank. Bill joined General Atlantic in 1991 and became CEO in 2007. He serves as Chairman of the firm’s Management Committee and is a member of the Executive and Investment Committees. Under Bill’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.

Current Board Affiliations

Sierra Space, Board Member
BlackRock, Board Member

Historical Board Affiliations

Tory Burch, Board Member
Lincoln Center, Board Member


Amherst College, B.A., Economics
Stanford Graduate School of Business, M.B.A.

Community Involvement

The Business Council, Member
Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Trustee
The CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, Steering Committee Member
Council on Foreign Relations, Member
Global Private Capital Association (GPCA), Board Member
McKinsey Advisory Council, Board Member
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Board Member
New York State Life Science Advisory Board, Board Member
Partnership for New York City, Executive Committee
Rockefeller University, Chair
Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management, Advisory Board Member