Adams Street Partners recruits Amboian for board

Adams Street Partners has named John Amboian to its board of directors. He will be succeeding A. Bart Holaday who will be retiring. The appointment becomes effective March 2017. Amboian is the non-executive chairman of Nuveen Investments.


CHICAGO, 16 November, 2016 – Adams Street Partners has announced the appointment of John Amboian to the firm’s Board of Directors, effective March 2017. Mr. Amboian will take the place of long-standing Director A.Bart Holaday, who announced his intention to retire from the board earlier this year.

“With over three decades of experience across the financial and consumer industries, we believe John will add an important perspective to our Board of Directors,” said Bon French, Executive Chairman of Adams Street. “We are proud to welcome such a distinguished global business leader to our organization, and look forward to benefitting from his guidance and counsel.”

Mr. Amboian is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Nuveen Investments, having previously held the position of Chairman and CEO from 2007 through early 2016. Mr. Amboian joined Nuveen in 1995 and served as the CFO until 1999, when he was appointed the firm’s President.

“I am pleased to be associated with Adams Street Partners, which has a long record of investing excellence, an outstanding culture rooted in thought leadership, and a clear dedication to client service,” said Mr. Amboian. “I believe my experience working with highly specialized investment boutiques across a range of dynamic market segments will be helpful to Adams Street Partners as it continues to evolve.”

Prior to joining Nuveen, Mr. Amboian held key business and financial positions in the beverage and food businesses. He was Senior Vice President of Finance, Strategic Planning and Systems and Chief Financial Officer of Miller Brewing Company. Mr. Amboian began his career in corporate and international finance at Kraft Foods, where he ultimately served as its Treasurer.

“I look forward to working with John as a Board member of Adams Street. He brings a strategic mind, an impeccable reputation, and a strong track record of leadership in the asset management business,” said Jeff Diehl, Managing Partner at Adams Street. “Also, on behalf of our entire partnership, I would like to thank Bart for his services on our Board for the last sixteen years and for his leadership of Adams Street for fifteen years preceding his board membership.”

Mr. Amboian holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Chicago. In addition to chairing the board of Nuveen, he previously served on the Nuveen Mutual Funds board. He is an adviser to Madison Dearborn Partners and also is a member of the Executive Committee of Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he previously chaired the investment committee. Mr. Amboian currently chairs the board of the North Shore Country Day School Foundation and serves on the boards of several civic and cultural organizations in the Chicago area.

About Adams Street Partners
Adams Street Partners is one of the largest and most established private markets investment firms in the world. Adams Street commenced its investment program in 1972, and manages $28 billion of assets across five strategies – primary and secondary private equity fund investments, co-investments, private credit investments, and direct venture/growth investments. Adams Street employs 140+ professionals in Chicago, London, Menlo Park, New York, Singapore, Beijing, Boston, and Tokyo.