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​ABOVE: Dave Gwozdz ’86

BELOW LEFT: Christopher J. Walker ’86

BELOW RIGHT: Jay Corscadden ’87

Alumni to Discuss Private Equity, Venture Capital Fields

Providence, R.I. — Three Providence College alumni with experience in private equity and venture capital will give an overview of the field as part of the School of Business Advisory Council Speaker Series.

The talk, titled “Got Private Equity? Could Venture Capital or Private Equity Be a Career Path for You?”  will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in Moore Hall. It is sponsored by the Providence College School of Business (PCSB), the PCSB Business Advisory Council, the Office of Alumni Relations, and the Office of Career Services.

Rob Reilly ’86, a member of the PCSB Business Advisory Council and an executive director of UBS Bank, will moderate the discussion.

Dave Gwozdz ’86 is one of the invited speakers. He has founded or been part of the founding team of six digital startups, including the Internet advertising company DoubleClick as well as Hot Link Media, an early online ad network. Since 2008, he has served as CEO at Mojiva, Inc., a company that provides advertising technology to help marketers reach consumers via their mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Mojiva’s Mocean Mobile advertising platform is used by content providers such as Microsoft, Skype, Time, Inc., TV Guide, and RIM.

Another panelist, Christopher J. Walker ’86, became a principal at HarbourVest Partners, LLC in 2007, less than 10 years after he joined the firm. In addition to a focus on U.S. venture capital and buyout investments, he has experience working on the healthcare sector, as well as primary partnerships in Canada. Walker now serves on the advisory committees of a number of buyout, credit, and venture partnerships. Prior to earning a master’s degree in finance from Boston College in 1998, he achieved the rank of lieutenant commander while serving as a United States Navy pilot for 11 years, flying the P-3 Orion aircraft.

Jay Corscadden ’87 also will speak on the panel. He is the co-founder and managing general partner of Clarkston Merchant Partners, where he makes and manages the firm’s principal investments. Corscadden also co-founded and managed Adams, Harkness Ventures, a technology-focused venture capital fund. Previously, he was a senior investment banker at Adams Harkness & Hill, where he advised technology companies with respect to raising public and private equity capital and in mergers and acquisitions transactions. Corscadden, a certified public accountant, earned an M.B.A. from Duke University.

This talk is the second event scheduled in the BAC Speaker Series. In February, Ted McNamara ’86 and Jennifer O’Meara ’93 discussed Internet and mobile marketing.

— Liz F. Kay

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