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John Francis Powers

John Francis Powers (650) 926-0200
Personal bio
In June of 2006, John F. Powers was appointed President and CEO of the Stanford Management Company. Stanford Management Company (SMC) was established in 1991 to manage Stanford Universityâ??s financial and real estate assets. Today, SMC oversees over $16.8 billion of endowment and trust assets, temporarily-invested expendable funds, and commercial real estate investments. SMC plays an important role in building and maintaining a strong financial foundation to support the Universityâ??s teaching, learning and research mission. SMC is a division of the University, governed by a Board of Directors who are appointed the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University.. From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Powers served as the Managing Director, Director of Research and was a member of the Investment and Management Committees at Offit Hall Capital Management LLC. Offit Hall was an investment advisory firm with offices in San Francisco and New York with more than $20 billion under advisement for approximately 130 clients as of March 31, 2006. From 1992 to 2002 Mr. Powers worked at Robertson Stephens, Inc. He was Managing Director and Director of Research and served on the Management and Executive Committees. He initially joined Robertson Stephens as an equity analyst in the Communications area. Mr. Powers began his career in marketing research and opinion polling at Cambridge Survey Research. He served as vice president at Yankelovich, Skelly and White, a marketing consultancy firm from 1977 to 1981. Following business school, Mr. Powers worked in the telecommunications equipment industry at ROLM Corporation (1983-1987) Octel Communications Corporation (1987-1990), and Aspect Telecommunications (1990-1992). Mr. Powers received an A.B. from Cornell University in 1975, and an MBA in 1983 from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He serves on the Boards of Makena Capital Management, LLC, and the San Francisco Ballet, as well as the Investment Advisory Board of Google, Inc.

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