William E. Ford

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

REGION United States

OFFICE LOCATION 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 Investment, Portfolio, and Operating 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

IHS Markit, Board Member
Royalty Pharma, Board Member
BlackRock, Board Member

Historical Board Affiliations

Tory Burch, Board Member
Lincoln Center, Board Member

Education

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

Community Involvement

Amherst College Endowment Investment Committee, Member
The CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, Steering Committee Member
Council on Foreign Relations, Member
Endeavor, Board Member
Global Private Capital Association (GPCA), Board Member
McKinsey Advisory Council, Board Member
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Board Member, Digital Initiatives Committee Chair
New York State Life Science Advisory Board, Board Member
Partnership for New York City, Co-Chair
Rockefeller University, Chair
Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management, Advisory Board Member