Ronald McMahan To Advise General Atlantic

Ronald McMahan, founder of Global Energy Decisions and senior vice president at IHS Inc., has joined General Atlantic as a special advisor.


General Atlantic LLC (GA), a leading global growth equity firm, today announced that Dr. Ronald McMahan, founder of Global Energy Decisions and senior vice president at IHS Inc., has become a Special Advisor to the firm. In this role, Dr. McMahan will support GA’s active value-added approach to partnering with growth companies by providing strategic counsel to GA and its portfolio companies with a focus on GA’s Energy & Resources Sector.

Founded in 1980, GA is active in the Energy & Resources sector, identifying and investing in businesses that facilitate the transformation of global supply and demand infrastructure of critical resources. GA’s recent investments in the sector include Asian Genco, an energy and resources company providing power in India, and Gavilon, a leading provider of merchandising and distribution for agriculture and energy resources.

With a target investment size of $50 million to $500 million, GA manages approximately $15 billion and invests between $1 billion and $2 billion per year in growth opportunities globally. GA’s Special Advisor network consists of several experienced industry executives who work closely with GA’s investment professionals in identifying new opportunities as well as providing strategic advice and guidance to GA and its portfolio companies.

Adrianna Ma, managing director of General Atlantic and head of the firm’s Energy & Resources Sector, said, “We are delighted to have Ron on board as a Special Advisor. The combination of Ron’s experience in building information- and technology-enabled businesses, his network of relationships and his perspective and insights in the energy industry will be valuable to our global efforts in sourcing, due diligence and portfolio support.”

Dr. McMahan added, “GA has a proven strategy of building global platforms leveraging strong macro growth themes. In the Energy & Resources sector, opportunities abound around the adoption of new technologies in supply chain, energy security and new initiatives in a low carbon economy. I am excited to work with Adrianna and the GA team in identifying and partnering with world class management teams and entrepreneurs and helping them expand and scale their businesses.”

Dr. McMahan is an experienced energy economist whose practical understanding of industry issues has made him one of the nation’s leading experts in the areas of energy markets, strategy and policy. He currently serves as senior vice president for strategic initiatives for IHS Inc., a leading global source of critical information and insight, and as a member of the company’s Advisory Board. In 2002, Dr. McMahan founded Global Energy Decisions, LLC to provide a broad range of strategic business solutions to the energy industry, from upstream through operations, trading, transmission, and distribution. In 2007, Global Energy Decisions was acquired by Ventyx, a leading business solutions provider to global energy, utility, communications, and other asset-intensive organizations.

Dr. McMahan has held several part-time and honorary academic appointments including Visiting Lecturer in Telecommunications and Society at the University of California at San Diego. He was a member of the faculty of the Colorado School of Mines Executive

Training Institute and served on the Board of Directors of the College of Business at Montana State University.

About General Atlantic

GENERAL ATLANTIC is a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. GA combines a collaborative global approach, sector specific expertise, long-term investment horizon and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great management and build exceptional businesses worldwide. Established in 1980, GA manages approximately $15 billion in capital and has more than 75 investment professionals based in Greenwich, New York, Palo Alto, London, Düsseldorf, Hong Kong, Beijing, Mumbai and São Paulo. For further information and a listing of GA’s public and private portfolio companies, see