Steven W. Alesio - Chairman
Steven Alesio is a Senior Advisor of Providence Equity Partners, the majority owner of Altegrity, and Chairman of the Board of Altegrity. Prior to joining Providence in 2010, Mr. Alesio was most recently chairman of the board and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, a provider of credit information on businesses and corporations. He held these positions from 2005 until his retirement from the company in 2010. From 2001 to 2005, he served in various senior leadership positions with the firm, including senior vice president, president and chief operating officer, and was elected to the board of directors. Prior to joining Dun & Bradstreet in 2001, Mr. Alesio spent 19 years with the American Express Company, where he served in marketing and general management roles.
Mr. Alesio is currently a director of CDW and Genworth Financial. He is also the founding sponsor and senior advisor of the All Stars Project of New Jersey, a non-profit organization focused on inner-city youth. Mr. Alesio received a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis College.
Sharon T. Rowlands
Sharon T. Rowlands is Chief Executive Officer of Altegrity, Inc., the global risk and security solutions company, with approximately 10,500 employees in locations around the world. Altegrity is the holding company for USIS, Kroll and HireRight. Ms. Rowlands is based in the business’ New York City offices.
From 2008 to 2011, Ms. Rowlands was the CEO of Penton Media, Inc., the largest independent business-to-business media company in the U.S., serving the information needs of more than 6 million business professionals every month in industries ranging from agriculture and aviation to electronics, natural products and information technology. Under her tenure, Ms. Rowlands led growth initiatives that included developing the company’s digital and marketing services offerings through the acquisition of a digital marketing services agency, EyeTraffic Media, and accelerated investment in the company’s digital solutions infrastructure.
From 1996 to 2008, Ms. Rowlands worked for Thomson Financial in a variety of positions, including President and CEO from 2005 to 2008. As President and CEO, Ms. Rowlands led the direction and development of the corporation’s strategy to accelerate growth and be seen as a business partner to the global security industry. During her leadership, the company introduced the leading-edge platform Thomson ONE, the creation of a multi-asset global trading platform for the over-the-counter market through the acquisition of Tradeweb and partnership with 10 leading investment banks; formed the leading global straight-through processing services provider, Omgeo, in partnership with the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation; and completed numerous other acquisitions as well. In terms of growth and profitability, Ms. Rowlands advanced the company’s efficiency at allocating capital under its control (ROIC) from the low single digits to 13 percent, generating approximately $450 million in profit on $2.2 billion in revenue.
From 2000 to 2005, Ms. Rowlands served as the corporation’s Global President and Chief Operating Officer. In that role, she developed a strategy which guided Thomson Financial’s transformation from 45 disparate corporate entities to a leading global financial information and technology provider serving thousands of global companies. She integrated the organization and aligned it under a common strategy to become one of the top three leading providers of integrated solutions. She was successful in reversing negative sales and margin trends and setting the stage for four years of significant growth in sales and returns, accelerating international business revenues from the low single digits to over 20 percent.
Previously, Ms. Rowlands held executive leadership roles at Financial Times Information (now Interactive Data Pricing and Reference Data, Inc.), a leading provider of financial information and analytical software, including service as the Managing Director of Extel Financial, an international stock database provider.
Ms. Rowlands earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Newcastle University upon Tyne in the United Kingdom in 1980 and a Post-Graduate Teacher’s Certificate from the University of London’s Goldsmiths College in 1982. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Constant Contact and Altegrity.
Charles E. Gottdiener
Charlie Gottdiener, Managing Director of Providence Equity Partners, is focused on portfolio operations and is based in its New York office. Mr. Gottdiener is currently a director of Altegrity, Edline, JBP Holdings (Assessment Technologies Institute and Jones and Bartlett Publishers), and Survey Sampling International. Prior to joining Providence in 2010, Mr. Gottdiener spent seven years at Dun & Bradstreet, where he served in a number of strategy and operating roles, including as president of the $1 billion revenue global risk, analytics and Internet solutions business unit.
Prior to joining Dun & Bradstreet in 2002, Mr. Gottdiener held several leadership positions in consulting with the Boston Consulting Group, CSC Index, and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Mr. Gottdiener received a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College.
R. Davis Noell
Davis Noell is a Principal of Providence Equity Partners and is based in its New York office. Mr. Noell is currently a director of Stream Global Services. Prior to joining Providence in 2003, Mr. Noell was an analyst in Deutsche Bank’s media investment banking group. Mr. Noell received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Christopher C. Ragona
Chris Ragona is a Managing Director of Providence Equity Partners based in the firm’s Providence office. He is currently a director of Altegrity, Q9 Networks and SRA International. Prior to joining Providence in 2007, Mr. Ragona was a vice president with GTCR Golder Rauner, where he worked primarily on investments in the transaction processing, technology services and business process outsourcing industries. Previously, Mr. Ragona was with Oak Hill Capital Management, McKinsey & Company and Bowles Hollowell Conner & Company. He received a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.