William Dawson

Experienced New York Leader in Private Equity

William Dawson is a New York City, New York-based private equity executive who has served as CEO at Wellspring Capital Management since 2014. He also serves on the firm's Investment Committee. William Dawson has been with the firm since 2001, before which he was managing director and head of the middle market buyout group at Whitney & Co. in Stamford, Connecticut.

William Dawson previously spent a combined 14 years at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) Securities Corporation as an analyst and managing director at DLJ Merchant Banking. He has served on the boards of multiple public and private companies throughout his career and garnered expertise in leveraged financings, restructurings, recapitalizations, and acquisitions.

Complementing more than 30 years of private equity experience, he holds an MBA in management from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Francis College. He serves on the boards of the latter and the Police & Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund. He enjoys playing golf and squash in his free time.

New York, NY, US

Work Experience

May 2001 - Present

Wellspring Capital Management

Apr 2000 - Apr 2001

Managing Director
Whitney & Co

Aug 1991 - Apr 2000

Managing Director


Sep 1989 - May 1991

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Harvard Business School

Sep 1982 - May 1986

Bachelor of Science (BS)
St Francis College

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