Corporate Governance

Piper Sandler Board of Directors

 

Individual: 

Chad Abraham

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Chad Abraham

Chad Abraham serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Piper Sandler.

Abraham joined the firm in 1991 as an investment banking analyst. He spent the next 13 years on the West Coast as a banker in the company's technology investment banking group. He was promoted to managing director and head of technology investment banking in 1999. In 2005, Abraham was promoted to head of capital markets and in 2010, he became the global co-head of investment banking and capital markets.

Under the leadership of Abraham and co-head Scott LaRue, the firm's investment banking division grew revenues from approximately $150 million to more than $500 million. They established coverage in energy and financial services, expanded debt capital markets capabilities and added key offices and personnel.

Abraham serves on the board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy’s Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota chapter and the board of trustees of The Blake School. He graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.

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Jonathan Doyle

Vice Chairman,
Senior Managing Principal,
Head of Financial Services

Jonathan Doyle

Jonathan Doyle is vice chairman, senior managing principal and head of the financial services group at Piper Sandler. He serves on the leadership team and the board of directors.

Doyle leads the overall strategy and vision for the financial services group and he also plays an active role in many of the firm’s key client relationships. He works with financial institutions to develop strategies tailored to each client’s needs and focuses on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising.

Doyle previously served as senior managing principal of Sandler O’Neill + Partners, which was the largest independent full-service investment banking firm focused on the financial services sector at the time it was acquired by Piper Jaffray in January 2020.

Doyle holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from The College of William & Mary and is a trustee emeritus of The College of William & Mary Foundation. He serves on the board of directors at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA and the New York’s Finest Foundation Inc. He is also an active supporter of numerous charitable organizations for children.

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William Fitzgerald

William Fitzgerald

Bill Fitzgerald is former chairman of the board of Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASCMA). Previously, he also served as chief executive officer of Ascent from 2008 to 2018.

Fitzgerald served as senior vice president of Liberty Media Corporation from 2000 through 2012. While with Liberty Media, he served to evaluate media- and technology-related investment and acquisition opportunities, in addition to overseeing several of its assets. While with Liberty Media, he served as a director of Expedia, Inc. from 2006 until 2012 and TripAdvisor, Inc. from 2011 until 2013. He previously served as chairman of On Command Corporation and as a director of Game Show Network, True Position and Cablevision Systems Corp. He has served as a director of Piper Sandler Companies since March 2014.

Fitzgerald was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer for AT&T Broadband, formerly known as Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI), where he oversaw the company’s broadband services operations. Before that, he was executive vice president of corporate development and partnership relations for TCI, where he managed the company’s M&A strategies and transactions as well as the company’s cable partnership and joint ventures. Fitzgerald joined TCI in March of 1996 as senior vice president and head of corporate development. Prior to TCI, he was a senior vice president and partner at Daniels & Associates, an investment banking firm to the communications industry. He began his career as a commercial banker at The First National Bank of Chicago.

Fitzgerald received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University School of Business and a master’s degree in finance and marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Victoria Holt

Victoria Holt

Victoria Holt is the former president and chief executive officer of Protolabs, a custom prototype and low-volume production manufacturing company. Holt joined Protolabs following the sale of Spartech Corporation, a leading producer of plastic sheet, compounds and packaging products, where she was president and chief executive officer from 2010 through 2013. Prior to that, she was senior vice president of PPG Industries’ glass and fiber glass division from 2003 through 2010. Holt began her career as a sales representative at Monsanto Company in 1979, where she worked in several management positions and went on to become a vice president of its spinoff company, Solutia, Inc.

Holt currently serves on the board of directors of Protolabs, Waste Management, Inc., and Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co., and formerly served as a director of Spartech Corporation. She also serves as vice chair of the National Association of Manufacturers executive committee and is on the board of trustees of Dunwoody College.

Holt holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pace University.

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Robbin Mitchell

Robbin Mitchell

Robbin Mitchell is a senior advisor for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). She held the position of partner and managing director for BCG from June 2016 to August 2021. From 2011 to 2015, she served as chief operating officer of Club Monaco, a subsidiary of Ralph Lauren Corporation. Prior to that, Mitchell held several executive management positions at Ralph Lauren for 10 years, including senior vice president, chief of staff, senior vice president of global business process integration and supply chain management, and vice president of the wholesale Polo brand. Before joining Ralph Lauren, she held various senior executive roles in strategy and operations at Tommy Hilfiger and GFT USA, a designer apparel manufacturer and distributor. Earlier in her career, Mitchell spent nine years working in the consulting and investment banking industries at McKinsey & Company, BCG and Lehman Brothers, specializing in retail and apparel sectors.

Mitchell currently serves on the board of directors at Kohl’s Corporation; The Wing, a coworking space collective and club focused on fostering professional networking and community building opportunities for women; the Hudson Guild, a New York City multi service community agency supporting individuals and families in need; and the Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation.

Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.

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Tom Schreier

Tom Schreier

Tom Schreier was most recently vice chairman of Nuveen Investments, Inc., and chairman of its largest investment adviser, Nuveen Asset Management. Under Schreier, Nuveen’s assets under management grew to $231 billion in 2014, when Nuveen Investments was acquired by a strategic buyer, TIAA. Schreier served as CEO of FAF Advisors from 2000 to 2010 until its acquisition by Nuveen Investments, Inc. Earlier in his career, Schreier was a senior managing director and head of equity research at Piper Sandler from 1998 to 2000. Schreier began his career at Northwest Airlines in 1988 as director of finance, and went on to become a top-ranked senior equity analyst covering the global airline industry at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Schreier is currently the founding director of the University of Notre Dame’s Inspired Leadership Initiative and chairman of the board of directors of Allina Health, a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Schreier holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and German from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.

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Sherry Smith

Sherry Smith

Sherry Smith is the former executive vice president and chief financial officer of SUPERVALU Inc., a $35 billion grocery company headquartered in Minnesota. Prior to serving as chief financial officer, Smith held a number of accounting management roles, including senior vice president of finance, corporate controller and treasurer during her 25 years at SUPERVALU. During her time there, Smith played a critical leadership role in several of the company's strategic initiatives, including acquisitions and business transformation activities. She began her career as a staff auditor at McGladrey & Pullen, LLP.

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) recognized Smith for her board service on its Directorship 100™ list and she is also a NACD Board Leadership Fellow. She is also a current board member of Deere & Company, Tuesday Morning Corp. and Realogy Group Inc. Smith holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Cloud State University and is a certified public accountant.

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Phil Soran

Philip Soran

Phil Soran most recently served as president of Dell Compellent until his retirement in March 2012. He co-founded NYSE-listed Compellent Technologies, Inc. in 2002 where he was president, CEO and director until the company was acquired by Dell for $960 million in 2011. Prior to that, he was the co-founder, president, chief executive officer and a director for data storage products maker, XIOtech Corp., which was later acquired by Seagate for $360 million. Soran was also a cofounder of Flipgrid, which was acquired by Microsoft Corporation in June 2018.

Soran is a director of SPS Commerce, Inc. and Foodsby Inc., a member of the board of trustees for the University of St. Thomas, a trustee for the University of Minnesota Foundation, and a director for Great MN Schools.

In 2016, Soran was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. Twin Cities Business recognized him with its 2017 Outstanding Directors award. The Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal also selected Soran as its inaugural Lifetime Achievement inductee to the Titans of Technology Hall of Fame. He was recognized as the 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, 2007 El Dorado Ventures Entrepreneur of the Year and 40 Minnesotans on the Move in 2009.

Soran holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from the University of Northern Colorado.

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Brian Sterling

Brian Sterling

Brian Sterling is a former managing director in the financial services group at Piper Sandler. Sterling joined Piper Sandler in 2020 from Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P. in connection with the firms’ merger. While at Sandler O’Neill, Sterling served as a principal and co-head of investment banking, leading one of the largest and most experienced groups serving the financial services sector. He was responsible for advising banks, thrifts, trading firms and other financial institutions on strategic matters, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and financings.

Before joining Sandler O’Neill in 2002, Sterling was a managing director in the financial institutions group at Merrill Lynch & Co. from 1996 through 2001, serving as the senior investment banker responsible for providing relationship management and mergers and acquisitions services to large regional banks, finance companies and trading and technology companies. Prior to that, Sterling held several positions, including head of the financial institutions group, in the corporate finance department of Wertheim Schroder & Co. Incorporated from 1988 through 1996. Sterling began his career in 1985 as an associate in the mergers and acquisitions department of the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Sterling currently serves on the board of trustees at Clara Maass Medical Center, an RWJ Barnabas Health facility, and on the Finance Committee of the RWJ Barnabas Health System. In addition, he is involved with two volunteer organizations focused on education, KIPP New Jersey, a charter school system; and New Jersey SEEDs, a non-profit that prepares motivated, high-achieving, low-income students for admission to private schools and colleges. Sterling is also chairman of the board of 70 Faces Media, a non-profit digital media company which is the largest and most diverse Jewish media organization in North America. In addition, Sterling has served on the board of the Yale Law School Fund.

Sterling holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris doctorate from Yale Law School.

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Scott C. Taylor

Scott Taylor

Scott C. Taylor has served on the board of directors at Piper Sandler since 2014. From 2007 to 2020, Taylor served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Symantec Corporation (now NortonLifeLock, Inc.), a cybersecurity software and services company. Prior to Symantec, Taylor was chief administrative officer, senior vice president and general counsel of Phoenix Technologies Ltd., a system software company.

Taylor currently serves as a director of Ziff Davis, Inc., a vertically focused digital media and internet company, and One Medical, a membership-based primary care organization. Previously, Taylor served as a director of DigiCert Inc., VirnetX, Inc. and VeriSign Japan K.K.

Taylor holds a Juris doctorate from George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University.

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