Douglas G. Bergeron

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Doug Bergeron
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Founder of DGB Investments
BornDouglas George Bergeron
(1960-12-05) December 5, 1960 (age 57)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
ResidenceAtherton, California, USA
NationalityCanadian
Alma materYork University University of Southern California
OccupationFounder of DGB Investments
Years active2013–present
Websitedgbinvestment.com

Doug Bergeron is the founder and sole shareholder of DGB Investments, a diversified holding company of technology investments. As of February 2018, DGB had seven active investments. Bergeron serves as chairman of the board of Opus, United Language Group, and Nyotron and a member of the board of directors of Sungevity, Pipeworks Studios and Renters Warehouse. Bergeron serves as an investor and advisor to Blend, Inc.[1][2] [3] [4]

In 2001, Bergeron led the acquisition of VeriFone from Hewlett-Packard in a transaction valued at $50M and became its chairman and CEO. In 2002, Bergeron partnered with GTCR, a Chicago-based private equity firm, and embarked upon a strategy to aggressively grow VeriFone into a multinational company. As of May 2012, VeriFone’s enterprise value was approximately $5 billion, a 100 times increase.[5][6]

Education[edit]

Bergeron attended York University, in Toronto, Canada, graduating in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts with Special Honors in Computer Science.

Upon graduation, Bergeron was employed by Northern Telecom (later called Nortel Networks) in Ottawa, Ontario. In 1985, he was awarded the Northern Telecom Post Graduate Scholarship and enrolled at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, graduating in 1987 with a Master of Science degree.

Bergeron was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) by York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering in June, 2013. The award marked the 30th anniversary of Bergeron’s graduation from York. At this occasion, Bergeron delivered the commencement address to the York University, Lassonde School of Engineering graduating class of 2013. [7]

VeriFone[edit]

In 2001, in partnership with Gores Technology Group (now, The Gores Group), Bergeron led the acquisition of VeriFone from Hewlett-Packard in a transaction valued at $50 million. Hewlett-Packard had acquired the business in 1998 for $1.3 billion. Upon completion of the VeriFone acquisition, Bergeron was named Chairman and CEO. [8]

In 2002, Gores sold VeriFone to Bergeron and GTCR, a Chicago-based private equity firm in a transaction valued at $160 million. Bergeron and GTCR embarked upon a strategy to aggressively grow VeriFone into a multinational company. [9] Bergeron resigned as CEO of VeriFone in March, 2013, following 12 years at the helm. VeriFone’s enterprise value as of May, 2012 was approximately $5 billion. The Bergeron/GTCR acquisition of VeriFone is widely considered to be one of the most successful private equity investments of the decade. [10] [11]

In 2007, Bergeron was an award recipient and national finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award [12]

SunGard[edit]

From 1990 through 1999, Bergeron served in a number of executive management positions at SunGard Data Systems, including Managing Director of SunGard Capital Markets N.A., President of SunGard Futures Systems, and Group CEO of SunGard Brokerage Systems Group.[13]

Philanthropy[edit]

Bergeron is an active philanthropist.[14]

In 2006, Bergeron announced a $1 million gift towards the Bergeron Women in Technology Scholarship Program at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Each year, five undergraduate female students are selected for their high academic and leadership potential. Each woman is awarded a full year of tuition and is paired with a C-level female technology leader for mentorship. [15]

In 2011, the Bergeron Women in Technology Program was expanded to the University of California at Berkeley as a result of a further $1 million gift to the university. Each year, five female undergraduate students are selected and each woman is awarded a two-year scholarship and is matched with a C-level female technology leader in Silicon Valley.

In 2011, Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, California announced that Bergeron had made a $2 million gift in order to open the new Bergeron Lower School at the SHS campus.[16]

In 2011, Bergeron committed $2 million to Multiple Sclerosis Canada, in a gift dedicated to advanced research and towards community service for MS patients in the Windsor/Essex Canada chapter. Bergeron’s father, George Bergeron (1936-1999) suffered from MS and is the former chairman of the Windsor/Essex Canada chapter. In 2005, the City of Windsor opened the George Bergeron Healing Garden on the riverfront of the Detroit river, featuring a bronze statue of George Bergeron in honor of his contribution to the City. [17]

In 2012, Georgetown University announced that Bergeron had made a $1.25 million gift in order to endow the George Bergeron Professorship of Neuroscience at Georgetown University Medical [18]

In 2012, York University announced a $2 million gift to fund the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (BEST) Program. This new inter-disciplinary program unites courses around business plan formation and venture capital finance into the science and engineering programs.

In 2014, Bergeron announced a $10 million gift to York University in Toronto, Canada. It was the largest contribution that the university has ever received from an alumnus in its history. In honor of this, York named the new $100 million center of the engineering school The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence. [19]

In 2015, Bergeron announced the Bergeron Scholarship Program had been expanded to Cristo Rey High School, an inner-city school in San Jose, California, through a $500,000 gift.

Personal life[edit]

Bergeron was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, in 1960, and is the oldest of George and Eleanor Bergeron's four children.

Bergeron is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a five-time invited delegate to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and has been a frequent guest on CNBC and Fox Business.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Executive Chairman of Hiperos. "Opus Global Announces Acquisition of Hiperos Press Release 7/8/2014".
  2. ^ Opus Global, GTCR. "Opus Global Press Release 9/21/2013".
  3. ^ Bloomberg. "United Language Group Announces Executive Appointments".
  4. ^ RentersWarehouse. "Minneapolis / St. Paul Rental Property Management".
  5. ^ Gores Group. "Gores Group, Private Tech Co. Buying Verifone Press Release 9/21/2013".
  6. ^ Yahoo! Finance. "VeriFone Systems, Inc. (PAY)".
  7. ^ Sean Billingsley. "Douglas Bergeron receives his Honorary Doctorate, on June 10th 2013, from York University. Douglas Bergeron is introduced by Dean Janusz Kozinski, Lassonde School of Engineering, 6/10/2013".
  8. ^ Countdown 2012, BY SEAN SPOSITO DEC 22, 2011. "Verifone's Rise to Point of Sale Supremacy".
  9. ^ The Green Sheet :: GS Archives. "GTCR Recapitalizes VeriFone".
  10. ^ VeriFone Systems. "A video tribute to an extraordinary 10 years of a 30-year history, 4/18/2011".
  11. ^ Yahoo! Finance. "VeriFone Systems, Inc. (PAY)".
  12. ^ "Verifone CEO Douglas Bergeron Wins Ernst & Young 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award." Verifone CEO Douglas Bergeron Wins Ernst & Young 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. N.p., 2 July 2007. Web. 10 Apr. 2015. <http://global.verifone.com/company/press-room/press-releases/2007/verifone-ceo-douglas-bergeron-wins-ernst-young-2007-entrepreneur-of-the-year-award/>.
  13. ^ Forbes. "Forbes Doug Bergeron at a glance".
  14. ^ Sean Billingsley. "Doug Bergeron Philanthropy, Tribute Video".
  15. ^ cis.robinson.gsu.edu. "Bergeron Women in Technology Leadership Fund".
  16. ^ http://www.shschools.org. "SHSchool Annual Report 2010" (PDF).
  17. ^ http://giving.georgetown.edu. "BERGERON PROFESSORSHIP PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR CENTER FOR BRAIN PLASTICITY AND RECOVERY".
  18. ^ http://in.reuters.com (May 21, 2012). "Douglas Bergeron Fund Endowment at Georgetown University Medical Center". Reuters.
  19. ^ http://windsorstar.com (May 21, 2012). "Windsor native Doug Bergeron gives $10 million to alma mater York University". Reuters.
  20. ^ Fox News. "Doug Bergeron, Opus Global Holdings on Fox Business".

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