Steve Denning has been part of the General Atlantic team from the beginning and currently serves as Chairman. After Chuck Feeney founded the firm in 1980, Steve was hired as the second investment professional, to build a direct investment company with a singular vision of supporting entrepreneurs as they work to grow their businesses.
From the outset, Steve’s mission has been to partner with strong growth companies led by exceptional management teams in order to help build their organizations into market leaders. He has since helped to build General Atlantic into a leading global growth investment firm with 12 offices around the globe. In addition to his role as Chairman, Steve is a member of GA’s Executive Committee. He also serves on the board of Engility, a GA portfolio company.
Steve joined GA after working at McKinsey & Company. He received an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1978. Prior to business school, Steve served for six years in the U.S. Navy, where he also earned an M.S. degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He received a B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1970.
Mr. Denning serves on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Park Foundation, College Advising Corps, and the New York Regional Plan Association, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bridgespan Group. He is Chair of the Global Advisory Council to the President, the Advisory Council of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Natural Capital Advisory Council, all at Stanford University. He is an Honorary Trustee of the Brookings Institution and the American Museum of Natural History. He is the former Chairman and an emeritus member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council and a Trustee Emeritus of the Georgia Tech Foundation. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Starr Companies and on the Advisory Board of several programs at Stanford University, including Stanford University’s Distinguished Career Institute and the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program. Mr. Denning also served on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University from 2004 to 2017, including as its Chairman from 2012 to 2017.
He was formerly a member of the board and co-chair of The Nature Conservancy, and a member of the board of the National Parks Conservation Association, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, the McKinsey Investment Office Advisory Council, the Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, the Connecticut Science Center and the Cancer Research Institute.