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Private Equity Summit for Institutional Investors

Private Equity Summit for Institutional Investors
New Relationships, New Markets, New Models: How to navigate the evolving and shifting landscape

March 26-27, 2012
Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA
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  Speaker Biographies:
Tito Cordella
Ruth F. Cox, Regional Administrator, Pacific Rim Region, US GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

Ruth F. Cox was sworn in as the U.S. General Services Administration's ninth Pacific Rim regional administrator on Aug. 1, 2011.

In her role as principal executive of the region, Cox heads a workforce of 826 associates across California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii, as well as in Japan, South Korea and the U.S. territories of Guam and Saipan. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., GSA's Pacific Rim Region has an annual operating budget nearly $1 billion. Its 35 million square foot real estate portfolio includes 191 government-owned buildings and leased space in 909 commercial buildings that house more than 100,000 federal employees and GSA associates. Additionally, Cox's responsibility includes the supply of goods, services, telecommunications and information technology to all federal agencies within her region.

Cox is a seasoned high-technology marketing executive whose business career was marked by her ability to introduce new technologies and build high-growth businesses. As a pioneer in the convergence of computing and communications, she helped to revolutionize the way services were delivered over public networks, laying the foundation for the emergence of the Internet as the primary mode of communication in the new millennium. Cox lived in Europe for five years and traveled extensively throughout the world, opening new markets, building distribution channels and managing sales and marketing operations. At Hewlett-Packard and Tandem Computers, she launched two of the industry's most successful international telecommunications marketing campaigns, doubling revenues and new customers year over year and building a base for sustained long-term growth.

As the vice president of strategy for the Dutch telecommunications company KPN, Cox helped re-engineer the company's network and information technology systems to prepare KPN for a competitive market, managing programs valued at more than $160 million.

Cox subsequently worked on several progressive political campaigns, helping elect officials committed to building a clean-energy economy. She served the Obama campaign in six states and worked for the Obama – Biden Presidential Transition Team's Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Prior to coming to GSA, Cox was the president and executive director of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, a trade association dedicated to the commercialization of fuel cell and hydrogen energy systems. In this position, she led advocacy programs on Capitol Hill, at the Department of Energy, Department of Defense and other government agencies, and outreach programs to target markets and users of fuel cells and hydrogen energy.

Cox earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and psychology from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Woodrow W. Clark, II
Steve Westly
, Founder & Managing Partner, THE WESTLY GROUP, Former Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer, STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Mr. Westly is the co-founder of The Westly Group, one of the larger clean tech venture firms in the US.  The Westly Group had three companies go public on NASDAQ last year and is currently a top decile performing fund.

Prior to founding The Westly Group, Steve served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the State of California – the world's eighth largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation's two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion. During his four-year term, Mr. Westly spearheaded innovative tax programs that helped close the State's budget deficit and also led an effort to commit more than $1 billion to clean technology investments.

In the 2008 election cycle Mr. Westly served as a California co-chair and a National Finance Committee member of the Obama for America campaign. He currently serves on the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board as a representative for the venture capital industry.

Before running for office, Mr. Westly helped guide the online auction company eBay through its period of most rapid growth, serving as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Business Development, M&A and International. Mr. Westly helped bring eBay to Europe and Asia and developed the marketing and acquisition strategies that paved the path for the firm's exponential growth.

Mr. Westly began his career in Washington, D.C., where he worked first on Capitol Hill and later in the Office of Conservation and Solar at the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Westly returned to California to become special assistant to the President of the California Public Utilities Commission. While there, he published two books on alternative energy and the utilities.

Mr. Westly holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where he served on the faculty for five years. Mr. Westly and his wife, Anita, run the Westly Foundation, which provides education and health care services for children and underserved communities throughout California.

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