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Dee Dee Sklar

Board Candidate. Fmr. MD, Vice Chair Subscription Finance - Asset Backed Finance (Ret.)

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

New York, NY, USA

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Dee Dee Sklar’s Biography

Dee Dee Sklar is a respected senior banking executive with decades of global experience, known in the alternatives industry as an innovator and one of the creators of subscription financing. Since 2004, she and her teams operated as lead arrangers, originating over $350 billion of financing to funds investing in private equity, credit, and real assets. This success made Wells Fargo the top global provider of subscription financing.

Upon leaving Wells Fargo, Dee Dee shifted her focus to board memberships and advisory committees. Throughout her career, she built global relationships with top investors, law firms and banks. Her most recent posts were Vice Chair, Subscription Finance and Global Head, Subscription Finance at Wells Fargo Securities, LLC. She was also a member of the Asset-Backed Finance Management & Subscription Finance Management Committees.

Dee Dee serves on the Advisory Board of Tealbook, a supplier intelligence platform that helps businesses more efficiently obtain supplier data, and Supervisory Board for Kernel Group Holdings, a SPAC focused on technology and infrastructure....
Dee Dee Sklar is a respected senior banking executive with decades of global experience, known in the alternatives industry as an innovator and one of the creators of subscription financing. Since 2004, she and her teams operated as lead arrangers, originating over $350 billion of financing to funds investing in private equity, credit, and real assets. This success made Wells Fargo the top global provider of subscription financing.

Upon leaving Wells Fargo, Dee Dee shifted her focus to board memberships and advisory committees. Throughout her career, she built global relationships with top investors, law firms and banks. Her most recent posts were Vice Chair, Subscription Finance and Global Head, Subscription Finance at Wells Fargo Securities, LLC. She was also a member of the Asset-Backed Finance Management & Subscription Finance Management Committees.

Dee Dee serves on the Advisory Board of Tealbook, a supplier intelligence platform that helps businesses more efficiently obtain supplier data, and Supervisory Board for Kernel Group Holdings, a SPAC focused on technology and infrastructure. She is also is a Member of the Competitive Council for Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company and serves as a Strategic Advisor for 17Capital, a firm that provides short- to medium-term financing to investors in private equity portfolios.

She is the Founder & Global Co-Chair of Women in Fund Finance (2000+ members), an association focused on increasing the recognition and promotion of women in the private equity and alternatives industries. In 2018 Dee Dee was the first recipient of the annual WFF award, now named in her honor. She is also a member of the Committee of 200, Board Next, the Thirty Percent Coalition and KPMG Women in Real Estate. Dee Dee also holds committee positions at the Fund Finance Association and FWA New York.

Dee Dee has her Series 7, 24, 63, 79 & 99 licenses. She has a BA in Education (Economics) from the University of Tennessee.
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Dee Dee Sklar’s Newsfeed

Heidrick & Struggles
Joining a SPAC board: What to expect and how to add value

Dee Dee Sklar joins the Leadership Perspectives series to discuss her experience serving on the board of Kernel Group Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), and offers advice to those looking to join a SPAC board and her insight into what the future holds for SPACs.

Haynes Boone
SPACs in the Finance Industry

Dee Dee Sklar joins Emma Russell of Haynes Boone to discuss a range of SPAC-related matters, including the industry's significant growth and what makes SPACs an attractive investment for investors.

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Dee Dee Sklar’s Background

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Board Candidate. Fmr. MD, Vice Chair Subscription Finance - Asset Backed Finance (Ret.)
Jan 2018 - Dec 2019
New York, NY, USA
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC delivers a comprehensive set of capital markets products and services to customers, including originating and distributing public debt and equity, hedging interest rates, commodity and equity risks, advising on mergers and acquisitions, structured lending facilities, and municipal bonds.
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Global Head of Subscription Finance - Asset Backed Securities
Jun 2012 - Dec 2018
New York, NY, USA
In 2012, Dee Dee negotiated Wells Fargo’s acquisition of WestLB’s subscription finance loan portfolio and the hiring of a team of 11 in New York and London, along with the operational platform, rights to ratings models, and a market leading metrics database aggregating performance history and managing loan collateral.
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Board Positions

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Papaya Growth Opportunity Corp. I
Independent Director | Audit Committee Chair
Jan 2022 - Present
Papaya Growth Opportunity is an acquisition company focused on mergers, capital stock exchanges, asset acquisition, stock purchases, and reorganization.

Current Board Positions

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Kernel Group Holdings
Independent Director | Audit Committee Chair
Feb 2021 - Present
San Francisco, CA, USA
Kernel Group Holdings is a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) focused on the intersection of technology and infrastructure
Tealbook
Advisory Board
Nov 2020 - Present
Toronto, CA
Tealbook helps procurement teams with a platform that leverages advanced AI to deliver better visibility, increased accuracy and effortless analytics across the supplier base
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Previous Board Positions

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Wells Fargo Securities Women’s New York Network
Co-Head
2016 - 2019
New York, NY, USA
The Wells Fargo Securities Women’s New York Network is dedicated to providing an open forum for women in finance to share ideas, promote innovation, and discover new opportunities.
Financial Women's Association
Board Member
New York, NY, USA
The Financial Women’s Association brings together high achieving professionals from every sector of the financial world. It is dedicated to developing future leaders, enhancing the role of women in finance, and investing in the community.

Philanthropy

Teach for America
Founding Member of Regional Board
1997 - 2020
New York, NY, USA
Teach For America is a diverse network of leaders working to confront educational inequity through teaching and at every sector of society to create a country free from this injustice.

Interviews

Diversity and Innovation in Financial Services with Dee Dee Sklar
Nov 2021
Dee Dee Sklar joins the We Talk Banking & Finance podcast to discuss diversity and innovation in the financial services sector.
‘Fund Finance Friday: Industry Conversations’ — Catching Up with Dee Dee Sklar
Sep 2021
Dee Dee Sklar shares some updates on the various projects and Board initiatives she has been involved in since announcing her retirement. Dee Dee also discusses the important work done by FFA’s Women in Fund Finance group.
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Accreditation

FINRA BrokerCheck Profile
FINRA Registration
New York, NY, USA
Dee Dee holds her Series 7, 24, 63, 79 & 99 licenses.

Memberships

Extraordinary Women on Boards
Member
Jan 2022 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Extraordinary Women on Boards has hundreds of women directors in its membership and represents public and private boards. Its peer-to-peer community is committed to ongoing education, sharing expertise, and promoting board excellence.
Thirty Percent Coalition
Member
2019 - Present
New York, NY, USA
The vision of the Thirty Percent Coalition is to have corporate boardrooms reflect the gender, racial, and ethnic diversity of the US workforce.
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Awards & Endorsements

Women in Fund Finance's First Annual Contribution Award
Honoree
New York, NY, USA
Dee Dee was the recipient of the Women in Fund Finance's first annual contribution award, now named the Dee Dee Sklar Women in Fund Finance Award.

Speaking Engagements

Career Change – The Big Decision
Panel Member
Jan 2021
Dee Dee Sklar, Strategic Advisor and Board Member, and a panel of leaders shared their different experiences with career change. The panel discussion was followed by a Q & A session.
She Leads: Women Shaping Energy
Keynote Speaker
Nov 2019
Houston, TX, USA
Dee Dee Sklar was the Keynote Speaker at the She Leads: Women Shaping Energy event. Topics included: Navigating a predominantly male industry effectively, applying knowledge, skills, and experience to achieve professional goals, and adapting to changing environments to create career opportunities

Press Releases

17Capital announces senior promotions and expansion of Supervisory Board
May 2021
Dee Dee Sklar has been appointed to 17Capital’s Supervisory Board to assist with advising on firm-level decisions, such as new strategy launches, key hires, and other related matters.

Dee Dee Sklar’s Education

The University of Tennessee
BA in Education with a focus in Economics

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