Dwight Poler ’87, P’19, was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2015. He joined Bain Capital in 1994, was named managing director in 1999. Dwight moved to London in 2000 to open Bain Capital’s European private equity business, which he managed for 18 years through four funds totaling €8.5 billion. He retired at the end of 2017 and remains a Senior Advisor to Bain Capital.
Previously he was a consultant at Bain & Co. in Boston and London, and before that, 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 Group (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 since 2005. He also devotes time to charitable activities, and sits on or has sat on the boards of trustees of The Private Equity Foundation in London, The American School in London, The Boston Foundation, 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.