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Dr. David L. Lee
Founding Managing
Partner
David Lee has over 20 years of private equity investing experience. In 1975, Dr. Lee started his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Los Angeles. In 1981, he joined a company that was acquired by Comsat, a satellite communications company, and held various executive positions at Comsat. In 1986, Dr. Lee joined TRW Information Systems Group (“TRW”). As Group Vice President of Finance & Acquisitions at TRW, he was instrumental in expanding the information systems business from two to nine divisions in 4 years through acquisitions and internal growth. In late 1989, Dr. Lee left TRW to pursue his interest in private equity investments and joined Pacific Capital Group, where he helped the firm's expansion into the telecommunications industry. In 1997, Dr. Lee was a co-founder of Global Crossing where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. While at Global Crossing, Dr. Lee helped build the company to over $50 billion market capitalization and over 10,000 employees. In early 2000, Dr. Lee left to become a co-founder and Managing General Partner of Clarity Partners.
Dr. Lee is Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Opnext, Inc. and also serves as a Director on the board of Buytime. He is Chairman Emeritus and member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Southern California (“USC”) Keck School of Medicine and is a Trustee at USC, the California Institute of Technology and The J. Paul Getty Trust. He is also a Director of the Trust Company of the West.
Dr. Lee is a graduate of McGill University and holds a Doctorate in Physics with a minor in Economics from the California Institute of Technology. Through a grant from The Lee Family Foundation, Dr. Lee has established Centers for Advanced Networking at the California Institute of Technology and at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.
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