John Connaughton, Managing Director, Bain Capital, LLC
John Connaughton is a managing director of Bain Capital, LLC, and has been a member of the firm since 1989. He also serves on several of the firm's leadership committees. He has played a leading role in transactions in the technology, media/consumer, and medical industries, including Loews/AMC Theatres, MC Communications, Warner Music Group, Warner Chilcott, Sungard, ProSieben, Accellent, CRC Health, Susquehanna Radio, MCI, Houghton Mifflin, Datek, the Island, Stericycle, and Dade Behring. He has also played leading roles within his portfolio companies in driving strategic initiatives and in certain situations assuming temporary management positions. Connaughton serves on several private and public boards including Sungard, Warner Chilcott, MC Communications, AMC Theatres, Warner Music Group (NYSE - WMG), ProSiebenSat 1 Media AG (PMSG-MDAX), CRC Health, Cumulus Media Partners, and EPOCH Senior Living.
Prior to joining Bain Capital, Connaughton was a strategy consultant at Bain and Company, where he worked in the consumer and technology industries. In his role at Bain, he was involved in strategic and operating improvement initiatives for Fortune 100 companies.
He is active in a variety of charitable and civic activities, including board memberships on the Boston Celtics, the Foundation Board of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, the West Suburban YMCA, the Board of Overseers of Children's Hospital, and the Bain Capital Children's Charity.
Connaughton received a B.S. in commerce with distinction from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Business, where he was a Baker Scholar. He lives in West Newton, Massachusetts, and is married to Stephanie Connaughton. They have twins, Will and Neila. Stephanie is the director of emerging technology at the Gillette Company.
Connaughton's primary musical interests are playing guitar and piano, going to concerts, and listening to his large CD collection, which includes Dave Matthews, Coldplay, the Rolling Stones, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Robert Johnson, and the Buena Vista Social Club.
When asked what excites him about his involvement with Berklee, Connaughton said: "Music is a first love. The excitement and energy of Berklee is infectious. I believe the school has a unique role to play in contemporary music and significant advantages in developing and promoting new and existing contemporary genres. I also believe that it is a unique asset in the Boston community that can be leveraged for community outreach to support the school and community. It should be more prominently featured and understood as an asset that makes Boston great. I'd like to be part of Berklee realizing its potential by offering my business experience, network, recording industry knowledge, and love for music."