Dr. David Panton
, has 15 years of investment banking and private equity experience and has sourced, structured and/or invested in over 20 transactions with a total enterprise value of over $1.5 billion.
He started his career in 1997 as an Associate in the Latin American and Caribbean Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) group at Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York.
In 1998, he co-founded and was managing partner of the Caribbean Investment Fund, a $50 million private equity firm in Kingston, Jamaica.
In 2004, he became a vice president of Mellon Ventures, the $1.4 billion private equity firm arm of Mellon Financial.
In 2007, he co-founded and was a partner of Navigation Capital Partners, a $320 million private equity firm in Atlanta, where he remains a shareholder.
He has served as chairman, director or observer for over 17 companies with revenues of between $5 million and $250 million, including Brown Trucking (transportation), Brightwell Payments (financial services), Brand Bank (community banking), SecureWorks (internet security), and Exeter Finance (specialty finance).
Panton is an Adjunct Professor at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, where he teaches a course in private equity investing.
He is also a member of Young Presidents Organization and Leadership Atlanta (Class of 2012).
was named by Buyouts Magazine
as "One of Eight Buyout Pros Under 40 to Watch" and by the Atlanta Business Chronicle
as a one of the "40 Under 40?
received a D.Phil. in management studies from Oxford University
, where he
was a Rhodes Scholar, a J.D. from Harvard Law School
, where he
was elected President of the Harvard
Law Review, and an A.B. in public policy from Princeton University
also holds a Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors
, a public company director credentialing organization.
Born and raised in Jamaica, where he
served as a Senator in the Upper House of Parliament
currently resides in Atlanta, GA.