Deborah Widener has over twenty years of experience as a senior executive and decision maker in the financial services sector. As a Managing Director at several investment banks, she raised significant amounts of money for corporate clients publicly and privately in the US market as well as in Europe and Asia. Deborah also bolstered firm income in weak public markets by developing strong, very profitable merger and acquisition businesses.
Deborah was also a Vice President at General Electric Capital, where she was responsible for all New York leverage buyout activities as well as the oversight of a billion dollar investment portfolio. In addition, as President of GECC Capital Markets she managed all SEC regulated activities.
While Deborah was at Robertson Stephens & Co. she strategically helped position and enthusiastically supported its landmark research report on “Socially Responsible Investing.” This was the first time Wall Street seriously acknowledged and published on “green investing.”
Deborah’s practical experience and sophisticated theoretical understanding of financial markets led to her appointment to the 1987 Presidential Task Force on Market Mechanisms (The Brady Commission). Her interest in politics resulted in her appointment as a member of The Great Britain Parliamentary Commission on EEC Membership.
Deborah attended the University of Michigan and Nuffield College – Oxford University and received her MBA from the Harvard Business School. She served on the University of Michigan Alumni Board for the College of Engineering and the College Literature, Science & Arts.