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David P. Francis

Dave Francis, a Founding Partner of Oak Hill Partners, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and completed an active duty assignment as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and joined a California-based electronics firm as Manufacturing Manager. He then spent ten years with General Electric where he started a technical venture activity, was Vice President of GE's venture capital operation working with emerging new technology companies and served on Boards of Directors of twelve G.E. investments. He was General Manager of GE Capital's Residential Financing Division, a major consumer financing operation. He joined Heidrick & Struggles in 1981 in New York. Dave has completed numerous senior level assignments for technology and industrial clients including CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CIOs and other positions for public, private and family-owned firms. A Senior Partner, he was formerly the Managing Partner of the New York office and a founding member of both the International Technology and Industrial Practices. His clients have included Airgas, America Online, AmeriSource, Berwind Group, Black and Decker, Ford, ITT Industries, Eastman Kodak, Nextel, Philips Electronics, Ryder System and Sony Corporation. In addition to larger corporate clients, he has worked for a number of smaller companies and venture capital-backed firms such as election.com, Intermagnetics General, Telespectrum Worldwide and Ultralife Batteries. He resides in Connecticut.