John Connaughton is co-managing partner of Bain Capital and has been a member of the firm since 1989. He also serves as the head of Bain Capital Global Private Equity. He has played a leading role in transactions in the technology, media/consumer, and medical industries. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Connaughton was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company, where he provided strategic and operating improvement initiatives for Fortune 100 companies.
Connaughton currently serves on several private and public boards, including iHeartMedia, Quintiles Transnational Corp., Grupo NotreDame Intermedica, Beacon Health Strategies, Bio Products Laboratory, and the Boston Celtics. He is also active in a variety of charitable activities, including serving as a member of the McIntire School of Commerce Foundation Board at the University of Virginia and the Bain Capital Community Partnership.
Previously, he has served on boards including Warner Music Group, Hospital Corporation of America, Air Medical Holdings, Inc., CRC Health Group, Inc., SunGard Data Systems, Warner Chilcott, ProSiebenSat.1.Media, Datek / TD Ameritrade, and Stericycle, Inc.
Connaughton received a B.S. in commerce with distinction from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business, where he was a Baker Scholar. He lives in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with his wife, Stephanie Connaughton, and their twins, Will and Neila. Stephanie was formerly an executive at Gillette and is currently the co-founder of Sequence Yoga Brand, LLC.
John Connaughton’s deep connection to music stems from playing bass and electric guitar since his youth and being an avid concert enthusiast. His extensive music collection spans many genres, from contemporary to classic rock and from jazz to ska and reggae. His favorite bands and artists include the English Beat, the Rolling Stones, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Dave Matthews, Robert Johnson, Buena Vista Social Club, and Johnny Cash.
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.”