Blake Winchell

For the past 32 years, Blake has focused on private equity investments with Leucadia National Corporation, the Channel Investment Group, Generation Ventures, The Fremont Group and Partner Ventures.  In addition to his role as Managing Director of Partner Ventures, Blake is the Managing General Partner of Fremont Ventures, the private equity growth-capital fund of the Fremont Group.  Fremont Ventures was named by EETimes as one of the top 10 venture capital firms in the US for adding value to portfolio companies.  Partner Ventures invests in later stage growth companies, either as a ‘direct secondary’ investor or through search funds.

Blake joined Bain & Company in 1978, and was one of the founders of the San Francisco Bain office.  In 1983, he joined the Brae Corporation division of Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE – LUK) as Vice President of Strategic Planning, and subsequently founded and managed the acquisition group for Leucadia.

Blake graduated from Dartmouth College in 1975 with high honors in English and Economics as a Rufus Choate Scholar where he was awarded the Henley Economics Prize.  He received his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1979 and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Blake lives in Portola Valley, California.  He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is an adjunct professor at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, one of Europe’s leading business schools, where he teaches highly rated courses on Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Acquisition (Search Funds).  Blake received the Award for Teaching Excellence from IE in each of the last 7 years.  He is also on the IE Business School International Advisory Board.  Blake is on the boards of Cereve and eSilicon and an advisor to Adara Venture Partners, and Akkadian Ventures.  He is also highly engaged in the search fund community, both domestically and internationally.