Philip P. Trahanas EE'92

Philip Trahanas


Philip Trahanas is a Managing Director at General Atlantic LLC, a global private equity firm. He is currently responsible for the firm's investment activities in the Business Services & Technology sector. He holds director positions at Trow Global, TASC and Quality Technology Services and had prior Board affiliations with SRA International, Vindigo Studios, Ztango, PowerDsine, AiMetrix, AMax Technology, and SYS Technologies.

Mr.Trahanas has a combination of experience in operating, investment banking and private equity roles. He joined General Atlantic in 2000 from Morgan Stanley. During his tenure within Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking division, Mr. Trahanas worked on the High Technology Corporate Finance team, was a Merger and Acquisition specialist and was a member of the division's operating management team. His experience includes a wide array of financing and strategic M&A transactions across a broad range of industry sectors. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr.Trahanas was an electrical engineer at General Electric, where he specialized in communications equipment and semiconductor design.

Mr.Trahanas holds a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for his advanced studies and received an MBA from the Wharton School, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar, and an MS in Engineering from the Moore School of Engineering.

Member of The Cooper Union Board since 2007

last updated: December 2010

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