Nicole S. Arnaboldi is an American financier and investor at Credit Suisse and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. She succeeded Steven C. Rattner as the Chairman of the private equity firm in 2008. Arnaboldi is the first and only woman to lead a major buyout shop. In 2008, Arnaboldi was ranked the #1 Nonbank Women in Finance by U.S. Banker, citing multiple responsibilities at DLJ and Credit Suisse, overseeing nearly $100 billion in alternative investment assets, one of the largest such portfolios in the world.
History and Career
Nicole S. Arnaboldi serves as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Alternative Investments at CSFB Private Equity. She also serves as Chairman and Co-Head of Illiquid Alternatives Business at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. Arnaboldi joined Credit Suisse First Boston in November 2000 through the merger with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where she was a Managing Director in DLJ's merchant banking team. Prior to the merger, Arnaboldi spent 15 years at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette primarily in the private equity and venture capital groups. Arnaboldi joined DLJ in 1985 in the investment banking group. In 1987, she moved to the Sprout Group DLJ's venture capital affiliate, where she was involved in a variety of principal transactions. In 1993, she moved to the private equity group, where she was promoted to Managing Director in 1996. Ms. Arnaboldi serves on the Investment Committees for most of the Credit Suisse private equity funds. She also serves on the boards of New Yorkers For Children and The Gillen Brewer School, and previously served on the boards of Duane Reade Corp., Horizon G.P., Inc. and several private companies. She also has served on the board of the Harvard Club of New York, and served as Treasurer of the Harvard Alumni Association. Arnaboldi holds a BA magna cum laude from Harvard College, a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School and an MBA with a high distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where she was a Baker Scholar.
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