Investment Committee

Anthony D. Tutrone  |  John P. Buser  |  Brien P. Smith  |  Peter J. Von Lehe  |  
David S. Stonberg  |  Jonathan D. Shofet  |  John H. Massey  |  Joana Rocha Scaff  |  
Patricia Miller Zollar  |  Michael Kramer  |  David Morse  |  Kent Chen    

Anthony D. Tutrone

Managing Director, Global Head of NB Alternatives (New York)

Anthony Tutrone is the Global Head of NB Alternatives and a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman. He is a member of all Neuberger Berman Private Equity’s Investment Committees. Mr. Tutrone is also a member of Neuberger Berman's Partnership, Operating, and Asset Allocation Committees. Prior to Neuberger Berman, from 1994 to 2001, Mr. Tutrone was a Managing Director and founding member of The Cypress Group, a private equity firm focused on middle market buyouts that managed approximately $3.5 billion of commitments. Prior to The Cypress Group, Mr. Tutrone began his career at Lehman Brothers in 1986, starting in Investment Banking and in 1987 becoming one of the original members of the firm’s Merchant Banking Group. This group managed a $1.2 billion private equity fund focused on middle market buyouts. He has been a member of the board of directors of several public and private companies and has sat on the advisory boards of several private equity funds. Mr. Tutrone earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University.

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John P. Buser

Managing Director

John P. Buser is the Executive Vice Chairman of NB Alternatives and a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman. He is also a member of the Private Investment Portfolios, Co-Investment, Northbound and Secondary Investment Committees. He is Head of Private Market Client Initiatives and previously Mr. Buser was Global Head of Private Investment Portfolios for 13 years. Before joining Neuberger Berman in 1999, Mr. Buser was a partner at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P., where he had extensive experience in the practice of domestic and international income taxation and complex partnership negotiation during his 17 year tenure. Mr. Buser was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1982 after receiving his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Buser graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in accounting from Kansas State University.

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Brien P. Smith

Managing Director (Dallas)

Brien Smith is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman and the Chief Operating Officer of the Neuberger Berman Private Equity Division. He is a member of the investment committees for the Private Investment Portfolios, Co-Investment and Private Debt programs. Mr. Smith is also a member of Neuberger Berman’s Investment Risk Committee and Operational Risk Committee. Mr. Smith sits on the Limited Partner Advisory Boards of a number of investment relationships on behalf of Neuberger Berman investments. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman in 2001, Mr. Smith worked in the middle market private equity firm Mason Best Company, L.P., and its affiliates. Mr. Smith began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. where he focused on the financial services sector in the southwest. Mr. Smith is a life member of the Red McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Smith also currently serves on the investment committee for the Texas Exes endowment. He serves and has served on a number of other boards of directors. Mr. Smith received a Master’s in Professional Accounting and a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Peter J. Von Lehe

Managing Director (New York)

Peter von Lehe is the Head of Investment Solutions and Strategy and is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman. He is also a member of the Athyrium, Co-Investment, Private Investment Portfolios, Marquee Brands and Renaissance Investment Committees. Mr. von Lehe sits on the Limited Partner Advisory Boards of a number of investment relationships globally on behalf of Neuberger Berman funds. Previously, Mr. von Lehe was a Managing Director and Deputy Head of the Private Equity Fund of Funds unit of Swiss Reinsurance Company. At Swiss Re, Mr. von Lehe was responsible for investment analysis and product structuring and worked in both New York and Zurich. Before that, he was an attorney with the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York focusing on corporate finance and private equity transactions. He began his career as a financial analyst for a utility company, where he was responsible for econometric modeling. Mr. von Lehe received a B.S. with Honors in Economics from the University of Iowa and a J.D. with High Distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law. He is a member of the New York Bar.

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David S. Stonberg

Managing Director (New York)

David Stonberg is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman and is the Global Co-Head of Private Equity Co-Investments. He is also a member of the Co-Investment, Private Investment Portfolios, Renaissance, Secondary and Real Estate Secondary Investment Committees. Before joining Neuberger Berman in 2002, Mr. Stonberg held several positions within Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking Division including providing traditional corporate and advisory services to clients as well as leading internal strategic and organizational initiatives for Lehman Brothers. Mr. Stonberg began his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Lazard Frères. Mr. Stonberg holds an M.B.A. from the Stern School of New York University and a B.S.E. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jonathan D. Shofet

Managing Director (New York)

Jonathan D. Shofet is the Global Head of the Firm’s Private Investment Portfolios group and is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman. He is also a member of the Private Investment Portfolios and Co-Investment Investment Committees. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman in 2005, Mr. Shofet was a member of the Lehman Brothers Private Equity division, focusing on mid-through late-stage equity investments primarily in the technology, communications and media sectors. Prior to that, Mr. Shofet was a member of the Lehman Brothers Investment Banking division, where he focused on public and private financings, as well as strategic advisory in the real estate, technology and utility sectors. Mr. Shofet sits on the Limited Partner Advisory Boards of a number of funds including those managed by Amulet Capital, Beacon Capital Partners, Castlelake Airline and Credit Strategies, Cerberus Institutional Partners, Clearlake Capital, ComVest Investment Partners, DFW Capital, Monomoy Capital Partners, Oakhill Capital Partners, Platinum Equity, Siris Partners, Tengram Capital Partners, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Vector Capital Partners. He is also a Board Observer for several private companies. Mr. Shofet holds a BA from Binghamton University, where he graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

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John H. Massey

Senior Consultant and Chairman of the Investment Committee (Dallas)

John Massey is the Chairman of the Neuberger Berman Private Investment Portfolios Investment Committee. He is also a member of the Co-Investment Investment Committee. In 1996, Mr. Massey was elected as one of the original members of the board of directors of the PineBridge Fund Group. Mr. Massey is active as a private investor and corporate director. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of Life Partners Group, Inc., a NYSE listed company. Over the last 35 years, Mr. Massey has also served in numerous executive leadership positions with other publicly held companies including Gulf Broadcast Corporation, Anderson Clayton & Co., and Gulf United Corporation. He began his career in 1966 with Republic National Bank of Dallas as an investment analyst. Mr. Massey currently serves on the boards of several financial institutions, including Central Texas Bankshare Holdings, and Hill Bancshares Holdings, Inc., among others. He is also the principal shareholder of Columbus State Bank in Columbus, Texas and Hill Bank and Trust Company in Weimar, Texas. Mr. Massey received the Most Distinguished Alumnus award from SMU’s Cox School of Business in 1993. In 2009, he and Mrs. Massey were jointly named Most Distinguished Alumnus by The University of Texas from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He currently serves as Chairman of the Development Board for the University of Texas School of Law and is President-Elect of Texas Exes at The University of Texas. He is also active in oil and gas, agricultural and wildlife conservation activities in Colorado County and Matagorda County, Texas. Mr. Massey received a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. He also earned an L.L.B. from The University of Texas at Austin. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 1966.

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Joana Rocha Scaff

Managing Director (London)

Joana Rocha Scaff is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman, Head of Europe Private Equity and a member of the Co-Investment and Private Investment Portfolios Investment Committees. Previously, Ms. Scaff worked in investment banking covering primarily the telecommunications, media and information services sectors. Ms. Scaff worked in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers, and prior to that at Citigroup Global Markets and Espirito Santo Investment. She advised on corporate transactions including M&A, financial restructurings and public equity and debt offerings in the United States, Europe and Brazil. Ms. Scaff received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and her B.A. in Business Management and Administration from the Universidade Catolica of Lisbon. Ms. Scaff is a member of the LP Committee of the BVCA – British Private Equity Association. Ms. Scaff is a member of the Limited Partner Advisory Committee of multiple European buyout funds.

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Patricia Miller Zollar

Managing Director (New York)

Patricia Miller Zollar is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman and a leader of the Firm’s Private Investment Portfolios practice. Within the alternatives business, she is responsible for managing a bespoke Co-Investment Separate Account and leading the NorthBound Emerging Managers Private Equity Fund, a private equity fund which invests in private equity partnership interests and co-investments. She is also a member of the Co-Investment, Private Investment Portfolios, and NorthBound Investment Committees. Before the management buyout of Neuberger, Ms. Zollar co-headed and co-founded the Lehman Brothers Partnership Solutions Group (“PSG”), a Wall Street business focused on developing strategic opportunities with women- and minority-owned financial services firms. The innovation of the Partnership Solutions Group was chronicled in a case study for the Harvard Business School. Before rejoining Lehman Brothers in 2004, Ms. Zollar was a vice president in the Asset Management Division of Goldman Sachs. Ms. Zollar began her career as a Certified Public Accountant in the Audit Division of Deloitte & Touche. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her B.S., with highest distinction, from North Carolina A&T State University, where she formerly served as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and conferred her an honorary Doctorate degree. Ms. Zollar is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and serves on the executive board of the National Association of Investment Companies and The Apollo Theater.

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Michael Kramer

Managing Director

Michael Kramer is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman. He is a member of the Co-Investment, Credit Opportunities, Marquee Brands and Private Investment Portfolios Investment Committees as well as a member of the Board of Directors for Marquee Brands. Mr. Kramer is currently a board observer for By Light Professional IT Services, which is a portfolio company of our dedicated co-investment funds. Before joining Neuberger Berman in 2006, Mr. Kramer was a vice president at The Cypress Group, a private equity firm with $3.5 billion under management. Prior thereto, he worked as an analyst at PaineWebber Incorporated. Mr. Kramer holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard College

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David Morse

Managing Director

David Morse is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman, and is the Global Co-Head of Private Equity Co-Investments. He is also a member of Co-Investment, Private Debt and Private Investment Portfolios Investment Committees. Mr. Morse is currently a Board Observer of Behavioral Health Group, Taylor Precision Investments, CSC Service Works and ProAmpac, all of which are portfolio companies of our dedicated co-investment funds. Mr. Morse joined Lehman Brothers in 2003 as a Managing Director and principal in the Merchant Banking Group where he helped raise and invest Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Partners III L.P. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Morse was a founding Partner of Hampshire Equity Partners (and its predecessor entities). Founded in 1993, Hampshire is a middle-market private equity and corporate restructuring firm with $825 million of committed capital over three private equity funds. Prior to Hampshire, Mr. Morse worked in GE Capital’s Corporate Finance Group providing one-stop financings to middle-market buyouts. Mr. Morse began his career in 1984 in Chemical Bank’s middle-market lending group. Mr. Morse holds an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College. Mr. Morse is a member of the M.B.A. Advisory Board of the Tuck School, a member of the Alumni Council of Hamilton College, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Berkshire School.

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Kent Chen

Managing Director

Kent Chen, CFA is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman and leader of the firm’s private equity efforts in the Asia Pacific region. He is also a member of the Private Investment Portfolios and Co-Investment Investment Committees. Mr. Chen joined Neuberger Berman in May 2015 from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) after 17 years of central banking career in various positions including Deputy Chief Representative of the HKMA’s New York Office and Advisor to the Executive Director for China at the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. From 2008, Mr. Chen helped to establish the HKMA’s private equity program, comprising of global buyout, Asia private equity and global energy investments. Before joining the HKMA in 1998, Mr. Chen was Head of China Research at Daiwa Securities in Hong Kong covering the Chinese stocks market with a focus on infrastructure, energy and power equipment stocks. Mr. Chen has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and earned a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, Master of Business Administration from University of Hull and Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of London.

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