Dwight Poler ’87 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2015. He joined Bain Capital in 1994 and was named managing director in 1999. He lives with his family in London, where he opened and manages Bain Capital’s European private equity business. He currently oversees investment of the €3.5 billion Bain Capital Europe Fund-IV.
Prior to joining Bain Capital, Poler worked as a consultant at Bain & Co. in Boston and London. Previously, he was in the mergers and acquisitions practice at Morgan Stanley & Co., working in both New York and Tokyo.
In recent years, Dwight has served as a director of Blue Coat Systems (USA); EWOS (Norway), Brakes (UK/Eur), Edcon (South Africa), Cerved Lince (Italy), TeamSystem (Italy), Toys R Us (Global), Boart Longyear (Global) and Jack Wolfskin (Germany).
In addition to his corporate roles, Dwight serves as an adjunct professor at London Business School, where he has taught private equity over the past 10 years. He also devotes time to charitable activities, including sitting on the boards of trustees of The Private Equity Foundation, The American School in London, Right To Play UK and the Camp Dudley Foundation.
Poler received an MBA, with distinction, from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he was a Tuck Scholar. At Amherst, he majored in history and completed the Five College Certificate Program in International Relations.
He met his wife, Kirsten ’88, at Amherst. They have three children, including a daughter currently attending Amherst.