Paul J. Finnegan

Paul J. Finnegan
Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC

  • Paul Finnegan is co-Chief Executive Officer of Madison Dearborn Partners.
  • Prior to co-founding Madison Dearborn Partners, he was with First Chicago Venture Capital for ten years.
  • Previously, he held a variety of marketing positions in the publishing industry, both in the United States and in Southeast Asia.

Finnegan has more than 30 years of experience in private equity investing with a particular focus on investments in the communications industry.

He currently serves on the board of directors of CDW Corporation. Finnegan is a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation, Harvard University's governing board, a past member of the Board of Overseers and a past President of the Harvard Alumni Association. He is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at the Harvard Business School and is also a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard School of Public Health.

Finnegan is the past Chairman and current board member of Teach For America in Chicago, a member of Teach For America’s National Board, and a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

He graduated from Harvard College and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.