John Megrue is an outside director on Bridgewater’s Operating Board of Directors. John joined Bridgewater as Co-Chairman of the Internal Board in 2017. Prior to Bridgewater, John was the Chairman and CEO of Apax Partners, US, an independent global private equity advisory firm managing over $46 billion in private equity funds. From 1992 to 2005, he was a Partner at Saunders, Karp & Megrue, a mid-market buyout private equity firm.
John currently serves on the Board of Global Citizen and is Co-Chairman of Grameen America alongside Professor Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize winner and Founder of Grameen Bank). John is also Vice Chairman of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy's Office for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals. In addition, John is on the Board of Bridges Ventures, a US social impact investment fund. He previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Cornell University.
John also founded and was Chairman of Born Free Africa, an initiative of the private sector to support the Global Plan towards the elimination of HIV infections among newborn children.
John has also served on the Board of Directors for numerous public and private companies including Acelity, Cole Haan, Advantage Sales and Marketing, HUB International, Dollar Tree Stores, Tommy Hilfiger, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Children’s Place, Hibbett Sporting Goods, MagnaCare, Tommy Bahama, RSI Home Products, Ollie’s Bargain Outlets, Sunglass Hut, TAC Bankshares, and Thermoscan Inc. among others.
John graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University (1980) and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1984).