William E. Ford

Chief Executive Officer

REGION United States


Bill Ford is General Atlantic’s Chief Executive Officer, with more than 25 years 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 and Portfolio 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
BlackRock, Board Member
McKinsey Advisory Council, Board Member
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Digital Identity, Digital Trade and Digital Economy Initiative, Advisory Board Member

Historical Board Affiliations

Mu Sigma, Board Member
Oak Hill Advisors, Partnership Committee Member
Tory Burch, Board Member
Lincoln Center, Board Member
Zagat Survey, Board Member


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
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Board Member
National Committee on United States-China Relations, Board Member
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