Global Conference 2012
CEO and Founder, Providence Equity Partners
Jonathan Nelson is CEO and founder of Providence Equity Partners, a private equity firm that manages $23 billion of committed capital and specializes in investments in media, communications and information companies in North America, Europe and Asia. Nelson has been investing in private-equity transactions for 29 years, focusing on media, telecom and entertainment. Nelson serves on the boards of Hulu, Television Broadcasts Ltd., Univision Communications and Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network. Nelson has also served as a director of AT&T Canada, Brooks Fiber (now Verizon), Voicestream Wireless (now Deutsche Telecom), Warner Music Group and Western Wireless (now Alltel) as well as numerous privately held companies. Nelson founded Providence in 1989. Previously, he was a managing director of Narragansett Capital, which he joined in 1983. He is a trustee of Brown University and serves on the board of Newport Festivals Foundation. He received a M.B.A. from Harvard in 1983 and a bachelor of arts from Brown University in 1977.