Dwight Poler

Dwight Poler ’87, P’19, was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2015. He joined Bain Capital in 1994 and 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, investing a total of €8.5 billion in equity. He retired at the end of 2017 and remains a Senior Advisor to Bain Capital. 

Previously Dwight worked as a consultant at Bain & Co. and in the mergers and acquisitions practice at Morgan Stanley & Co.

In addition to his corporate roles, Dwight is an Advanced Leadership Fellow ‘19 at Harvard University, and 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 Boston Foundation, the MIT MediaLab Advisory Council, Alta Advisors, The Private Equity Foundation in London, The American School in London, Right To Play UK and the Camp Dudley Foundation.

Dwight 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 who graduated Amherst in 2019