Dave Turner

Retired Managing Director and Head of Private Equity, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Most recently, Dave was Managing Director and Head of Private Equity for the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. He held these roles from June 2007 until his retirement in June 2014. At Guardian he led the roll-out and development of their private equity investment business. With more than 30 years of experience in private equity investing and portfolio management, Dave has originated and led 115 investments valued at $5.4 billion and managed portfolios totaling $18 billion in cumulative commitments. These investments include venture capital, buyout and special situation partnerships and direct and co-investments in early, growth and later stage middle market companies. David has led investments in the US domestic market as well as developed and emerging international markets.

Previously, Dave spent five and one-half years at WestLB Mellon Asset Management as a General Partner and later as CEO and CIO of their Private Equity Group. He also was Director of Alternative Investments and Senior Portfolio Manager for the State of Michigan Retirement Systems.

Dave has written articles on private equity and has been a frequent speaker at industry seminars and conferences. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the SUNY Geneseo Foundation and is an advisor to several private investment funds, related organizations, entrepreneurs and business students. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY at Geneseo.