2017 Conference Information

Saturday Confirmed Speakers


Sandra Horbach, Managing Director & Co-Head of US Buyout, The Carlyle Group

Sandra Horbach is a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group where she oversees Carlyle’s largest private equity fund with approximately $40 billion in capital under management.  The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset management firm with over $175 billion of assets under management. 

Ms. Horbach joined Carlyle in 2005 to launch the Consumer & Retail Group and has since led all of Carlyle's US consumer investments, including Acosta Sales & Marketing, Beats Electronics, CVC Brasil, Dunkin' Brands, NBTY, philosophy and Vogue.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Horbach was a General Partner with Forstmann Little & Co. Ms. Horbach earned her M.B.A. from Stanford University and her B.A. from Wellesley College.

Ms. Horbach currently serves as a director on the Boards of Acosta, Dunkin' Brands, NBTY and CVC. She serves as Chair of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Advisory Council and is a Trustee at Rockefeller University.

Seth A. Klarman, President, CEO, The Baupost Group

Seth Klarman is the President and CEO of The Baupost Group, L.L.C., which currently manages approximately $28 billion on behalf of individual and institutional clients.  He has had primary responsibility for managing the investments of Baupost since the Company was formed in May, 1982. 

Author of “Margin of Safety,” a book that outlines his value investment philosophy, Mr. Klarman was chosen as lead editor for “Security Analysis: Sixth Edition,” published in 2008, and has been featured in a variety of investment industry publications. 

He is a 1982 graduate of Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Economics from Cornell University in 1979.  Mr. Klarman currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Facing History and Ourselves and on several other not-for-profit boards.

Noah Knauf, General Partner, Kleiner Perkins

Noah Knauf joined Kleiner Perkins in 2016 and helps lead the firm’s digital growth practice, targeting high-growth consumer and enterprise Internet companies that have achieved strong adoption and scale.

Before joining Kleiner Perkins, Noah worked for ten years at Warburg Pincus, where he led investments in technology-enabled businesses and helped deploy $1.8 billion of equity capital across 18 companies. His investments ranged from early-stage companies to large growing enterprises with thousands of employees. Noah also led the firm’s successful investments in Constitution Medical (acquired by Roche), Lutonix (acquired by Bard), and JHP Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Par). He recently led the formation of Helix, a partnership with Illumina to build a digital consumer genomics platform.

Noah has served on the board sixteen innovative companies such as Outset Medical, Specialists On Call, ComplexCare Solutions, Silk Road Medical, Accriva Diagnostics, and Singular Bio. Earlier in his career, Noah was an investor at Parthenon Capital and a consultant at Bain & Company.
Noah received a B.S.B.A in Management Information Systems and Operations Management from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

John Connaughton, Co-Managing Partner, Bain Capital

John Connaughton is Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm with approximately $75 billion in assets under management. He also serves as the head of Bain Capital Global Private Equity and Global Head of Healthcare. Since joining the firm in 1989, Mr. Connaughton has played a leading role in a wide spectrum of prominent healthcare and information/media businesses in which Bain Capital Private Equity has made investments.

Mr. Connaughton currently serves on the boards of Quintiles IMS Holdings Inc., Grupo
NotreDame Intermedica, Beacon Health Options, iHeartMedia, Inc. and the Boston Celtics. Mr. Connaughton previously sat on a number of private and public boards including HCA Inc. NYSE: HCA), Warner Chilcott (WCRX-Nasdaq), Warner Music Group (WMG-NYSE), ProSieben Sat.1.Media ag (PBSFY), and Stericycle, Inc. (SRCL-Nasdaq).

He is also active in a number of charitable and civic activities including serving as a member of the Berklee College of Music Board of Trustees, the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce Foundation Board, the Roxbury Latin School Board of Trustees and Bain Capital Community Partnership.

Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Connaughton was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company, where he advised Fortune 500 companies on business strategy and operating initiatives.

Mr. Connaughton received a B.S. in commerce with distinction from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker scholar.