William Kessinger joined Parthenon Capital Partners in 2001 to open Parthenon’s San Francisco office. Mr. Kessinger is the Chief Investment Officer on Parthenon’s Investment Committee.
Mr. Kessinger was an original Partner of GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC, a $4 billion private equity investment firm in Chicago, Illinois, which was formed in January 1998 as a successor entity to Golder, Thoma, Cressey, Rauner, Inc. Among other things, Mr. Kessinger led GTCR’s efforts in the transaction processing sector. Mr. Kessinger joined Golder, Thoma, Cressey, Rauner, Inc. in May 1995 and became a Partner in September 1997.
Prior to joining PCP, Mr. Kessinger acquired, sold, and was a director of various public and private companies, including AnswerThink Consulting Group, Inc., National Equipment Services, Inc., Global Imaging Systems Inc., Cambridge Protection Industries, Inc., Transfirst and Transaction Network Services, Inc.
Mr. Kessinger lived in Indonesia, India, Singapore, and Hong Kong as a youth and early in his career. From August 1988 to June 1992, Mr. Kessinger served as an Associate with Prudential Asset Management Asia, a $500 million private equity fund, Asia’s largest at that time.
Mr. Kessinger received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Stanford and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School with high distinction as a Baker Scholar.