Joshua Bekenstein

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Joshua Bekenstein
Born New York City, New York, US
Residence Wayland, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Alma mater Yale University, Harvard Business School
Occupation Managing Director at Bain Capital

Joshua Bekenstein is an American businessman and co-chairman of Bain Capital.

Education and personal life[edit]

Bekenstein graduated from Yale University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). He then graduated from Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 1984.[1]

Since earning his degrees, Bekenstein has stayed active with Yale, serving on the Board of Advisors of the Yale School of Management, the Yale Investment Committee, an at-large member of the University Council, the co-chair of the Yale Tomorrow Campaign, and a member of the Yale Development Council. He was also appointed as a new successor trustee of the Yale Corporation in 2013.[1]

Bekenstein lives in Wayland, Massachusetts, with his wife, Anita, and five children.


Bekenstein worked at Bain & Company following his graduation from Yale where he worked with companies in a variety of industries.[2] He joined Bain Capital at its founding in 1984 and became a managing director in 1986. He was named co-chairman of the firm in 2016.[3][1]

Bekenstein serves as a board member of Gymboree Corporation, Dollarama,[4] Toys "R" Us, Bombardier Recreational Products, Michaels Stores, Burlington Coat Factory, Waters Corporation[5] and Bright Horizons Family Solutions.[6][7]


Bekenstein currently serves as a co-chair on the Board of Directors of New Profit Inc., a Boston-based venture philanthropy fund[8] and as a member on the Board of Trustees of the Pan-Mass Challenge, an annual bike-athon that crosses the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,[9] where Bekenstein serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees.[10] Bekenstein co-chaired Dana-Farbers “Mission Possible” campaign that hit its goal to raise $1 billion a year early in September 2009.[11] Bekenstein also chairs the board of Be The Change, is a board member of City Year, Opportunity Nation, and New Leaders.[12] He also contributes to Horizons for Homeless Children, Year Up, Teach for America, Kipp Schools, and Boston Children’s Hospital.[6][13][14]

In 2010, the National Association of Corporate Directors named Bekenstein Nonprofit Director of the Year.[6][15]


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  2. ^ "Joshua Bekenstein". Bain Capital. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Primack, Dan. "Bain Capital Memo Details Management Changes". Fortune. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Board of Directors". Dollarama. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". Waters. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Joshua Bekenstein". Opportunity Nation. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
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  8. ^ New Profit Inc. Board of Directors
  9. ^ Pan-Mass Challenge Board of Trustees Archived 2010-03-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Members of the Board of Trustees" (PDF). Dana-Farber. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Grillo, Thomas. "Dana-Farber hits $1B goal a year early". Boston Herald. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Board of Directors". New Leaders. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Philanthropy Spotlights: Josh Bekenstein". The Bridgespan Group. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Josh Bekenstein". Be the Change. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Call for Nominations". NACD. Retrieved 24 November 2014.