George Hornig is an accomplished Senior Operating Executive, Director, Advisor and Venture Investor whose career has focused on financial services (asset management including alternative investments, ETF and mutual funds, investment banking, insurance, and fintech). He has also spanned industries as diverse as health care, manufacturing, consumer products, outsourcing of business services, social media, cybersecurity, augmented reality, and e-waste management. In addition to his role in leading established businesses, George is an experienced public and private company Director and Audit Committee Chairman. He is a significant investor and adviser to the entrepreneur founders of many early-stage firms.
Since 2017, George has been managing a portfolio of venture and mergers and acquisitions transactions including the successful sale of S2 Security (a large private company) concluded in October 2018, and the potential acquisition of Skybridge Capital. In 2019, he co-founded and is the Chairman of The Seed Lab, an early-stage venture fund.
From 2010 – 2016, George was a Senior Managing Director and Global COO of PineBridge Investments, an asset manager with AUM over $95 billion. George led the restructuring of the operations of this former division of AIG Insurance, including reducing annualized company expenses by more than $60 million. He also implemented entirely new systems for technology, operations and risk, as well as financial reporting, fund accounting, and salesforce management.
Prior to joining PineBridge, George spent 11 years at Credit Suisse Asset Management as Managing Director and Global Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Deutsche Bank Americas. In 1988, he was a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Wasserstein Perella & Co., following his tenure at First Boston.
George is currently Chairman of KBL Merger Corp. IV (publicly held SPAC), and a Director of Edelman (communications marketing firm), Xometry (advanced manufacturing platform business) and Syntax (ETF with proprietary technology). He is also an investor and Advisory Board Chairman of Stojo (sustainable beverage and food containers) and investor and/or advisor to Trinity Cyber (advanced cybersecurity firm), Babiators (children’s sunglasses), Ready Set Jet (India-focused beauty products company), Copper (e-publisher and book club), and Havly (e-commerce towel company).
From 1997-2018, George served as Audit Committee Chairman of the Board of Forrester Research (publicly held tech research company). He was a Director of KBL Healthcare (SPAC which purchased Concord Health in 1994 and sold it to MultiCare for $114m in 1996), Director of Unity Mutual Life (mutual insurer merged with Columbian Mutual in 2012), Director of Veridian Group (publicly held aerospace contractor sold to General Dynamics in 2003 for $1.5 billion), a founding investor and Director of OfficeTiger (outsourced business services sold to RR Donnelly in 2006 for $250m), a founding investor and Chairman of Daily Candy (social media platform sold to Comcast in 2008 for $125m), a founding investor of CloudBlue (e-waste management company sold to Ingram Micro in 2013 for $45m) and a Director of Merchants Preferred (lease purchase finance company sold to Rent-A-Center in 2019 for $47.5m).
George received his AB in Economics from Harvard College, his MBA from Harvard Business School and his JD from Harvard Law School.