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Stanford University’s Graduate School Of Business Honors General Atlantic LLC. Chairman Steven A. Denning With 2007 Excellence In Leadership Award


Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business honored Steven A. Denning, chairman of General Atlantic LLC, with the School’s 2007 Excellence in Leadership Award.

“Socially responsible and insightful management is a critical resource in short supply,” said Robert L. Joss, the Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. “This award recognizes the achievements of an alumnus who has exhibited the integrity and leadership ability that we hope all our students will demonstrate throughout their careers.”

Denning, who earned his MBA at Stanford Business School in 1978, has been with General Atlantic, a leading global private equity firm, since 1980. He has built the organization around investments in technologies that have the potential to change markets and industries in ways that contribute to society. Through the firm’s investments in innovative ideas, Denning and his management team have helped shape the future of more than 160 companies. “Steve brings a passion to his professional, personal and service life,” said Joss. “He takes a stand and pulls people along with him.”

Between earning his MBA and joining General Atlantic, Denning worked for McKinsey & Co. Prior to the MBA, he served six years in the U.S. Navy, where he obtained an MS from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. He earned a BS degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1970.

Denning is chairman of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. He also serves as cochair of Stanford’s $4.3 billion fundraising effort, “The Stanford Challenge: Seeking Solutions, Educating Leaders,” announced in October 2007.

“At Stanford, Steve appreciated early the changes coming in global business,” said Robert L. Joss. “He has exerted tremendous leadership to encourage the school to innovate in the global dimension,” said Joss.


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