Dwight Poler joined Bain Capital in 1994, became a Managing Director in 1999, and moved to London in 2000 to open Bain Capital’s European Private Equity Business which he managed through December 2017. During this period, Bain Capital Europe raised and invested four funds totaling over $8 billion of equity capital. Dwight has recently returned to Boston where he will remain a Senior Advisor to Bain Capital. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Dwight was a consultant at Bain & Company where he worked in the technology, consumer products and financial services industries. Previously, he worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley & Co., in both New York and Tokyo, with a focus on technology deals.
Dwight has been active in philanthropic activities over a long period, having cofounded a social investment model in London called the Private Equity Foundation (PEF) which invested funds and pro bono skills toward capability building in charities that help disadvantaged young people achieve education and employment. He currently serves, or has served on, the boards of Amherst College, Right to Play UK, Camp Dudley and the Dudley Foundation (each of which he has chaired), the American School in London (where he chaired the most recent capital campaign) and the Amos Tuck School European Advisory Board (which he chaired). Dwight is also an Adjunct Professor at London Business School where he has taught graduate-level courses over the past 12 years.
Dwight received a BA degree in History from Amherst College, along with the Five College Certificate program in International Relations. Dwight received an MBA degree, with distinction, from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he was named Tuck Scholar.
Dwight and his wife Kirsten live in the Boston area, and have 3 children.