Charles Gottdiener Joins Providence Equity

Charles Gottdiener has joined Providence Equity Partners as a managing director focused on portfolio management. He previously was chief strategy officer and head of corporate development for Dun & Bradstreet.


Providence Equity Partners, the leading global private equity investment firm specializing in media, entertainment, communications and information companies, announced today that Charles E. Gottdiener has joined the firm as a Managing Director focused on Providence’s portfolio management activities.

Mr. Gottdiener joins Providence from Dun & Bradstreet, the world’s leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, where he was President, Corporate Development & Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, he was responsible for advancing D&B’s long term corporate strategy, including acquisition and partnership opportunities. Mr. Gottdiener was also a member of D&B’s Global Leadership Team.

“Charlie brings a tremendous track record of assisting a wide variety of companies in improving operations and executing strategic transactions and partnerships,” said Jonathan Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of Providence. “He shares our long-term perspective on creating value at companies and our specialized approach to helping management teams identify and pursue strategic opportunities. We look forward to Charlie’s contributions in the years ahead.”

“I am excited to join Providence, an outstanding firm with a long track record of providing companies the highest quality strategic support in addition to capital,” said Mr. Gottdiener. “Providence’s portfolio includes many extraordinary companies, and I look forward to working with the talented management teams and Providence investment professionals to help identify and pursue potential additional value-creating opportunities.”

Previously at D&B, Mr. Gottdiener served as President, Global Solutions and Senior Vice President, Small Business Marketing. Mr. Gottdiener joined D&B in 2002 as Leader, Strategy & Business Development. In this role, he leveraged his broad experience in consulting and transforming businesses to successfully lead D&B’s strategic planning process as well as several acquisitions and divestitures. During his brief departure from D&B in 2006, Mr. Gottdiener was a Vice President with Unisys Corporation responsible for corporate strategy, development and revenue for the company’s high-growth solution areas – Outsourcing, Security, Microsoft, Open Source and Real Time Infrastructure. He joined D&B in 2002 from Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, where he led the Strategy & Transformation consulting business. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at Stockback, Ernst & Young LLP, CSC Index, and the Boston Consulting Group.

Mr. Gottdiener earned a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

About Providence Equity Partners

Providence Equity Partners is the leading global private equity firm specializing in equity investments in media, entertainment, communications and information services companies around the world. The principals of Providence manage funds with over $22 billion in equity commitments and have invested in more than 100 companies operating in over 20 countries since the firm’s inception in 1989. Significant existing and prior investments include Bresnan Broadband Holdings, Casema, Com Hem, Digiturk, Education Management Corporation, eircom, Hulu, Idea Cellular, Kabel Deutschland, NexTag, Ono, PanAmSat, ProSiebenSat.1, Recoletos, TDC, Univision, VoiceStream Wireless, Warner Music Group, Western Wireless and Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network. Providence is headquartered in Providence, RI (USA) and has offices in New York, London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and New Delhi. Visit for more information.