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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

Dee Dee Sklar

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.

As of January 2020, Dee Dee has 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. Prior, Dee Dee worked at WestLB as MD, Asset-Backed Finance Securitization, then as MD, Head of Financial Institutions Americas & Global Head of Funds.

Dee Dee 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. WFF currently holds events in New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Singapore. In 2018, Dee Dee was the first recipient of the annual WFF award, now named in her honor.

She 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 also a member of the Committee of 200, Board Next, the Thirty Percent Colaition, 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.

Dee Dee Sklar’s Newsfeed

WFF Global State of the Market

On May 27th, over 100 members of Women In Fund Finance including banks, law firms, private equity and alternative managers, investors located in the US, Europe, and Asia gathered together to share views on global fund raising, financing, private equity investing. Dee Dee Sklar, Global Co-Chair of WFF opened the event prior to passing the conversation along to our global representatives from the US (Michele Simons, Emma Wallace, and Jennifer Levitt), Europe (Kate Downey, Amira HAJILI and Emma Russell), and Asia (Danielle Roman, Fiona Cumming and Fi Dinh) as well as additional thoughts for the Private Equity Market from (Sally Rocker). The second part of the discussion with Ann Richardson Knox, Saaima K. Shahin, CPA and our contributing executive coach Michelle Friedman, MA, PCC discussed work life balance and moving careers forward living the Covid 19 experience and planning for the new norm. 

17Capital
Dee Dee Sklar joins 17Capital as Senior Advisor

Robert de Corainville, Partner at 17Capital, says: “Dee Dee brings a wealth of experience in private equity. We look forward to working with her as we continue to grow our client universe.” “I am excited to be working with the 17Capital team," Dee Dee says. "I strongly believe that 17Capital is a pioneer and that the team’s approach to financing will help further evolve the private equity asset class.”

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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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Current Board Positions

17Capital
Strategic Advisor
May 2020 - Present
New York, NY, USA
17Capital is a leader in preferred equity and NAV based financing for the private equity industry. 17Capital helps General Partners, Limited Partners, and private equity funds raise capital to continue to invest in their portfolio or send distributions back to their investors.
Cerberus Capital Management
Member, Competitiveness Council for Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company
Mar 2020 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Founded in 1992, Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. is a private equity firm based in New York City. The firm is a global leader in alternative investing with assets across credit, private equity, and real estate platforms.
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Previous Board Positions

Wells Fargo Securities Women’s New York Network logo Wells Fargo Securities Women’s New York Network logo
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.

Media

Institutional Real Estate, Inc.
Shop Talk: A Conversation with Dee Dee Sklar
San Ramon, CA, USA
Dee Dee Sklar, former Vice Chair of Subscription Finance, Asset-Backed Finance, Wells Fargo Securities, talks about the history of subscription finance, its role in the larger credit marketplace, and its many benefits to clients.
Lead Left Interview – Dee Dee Sklar
Interview
New York, NY, USA
Dee Dee Sklar, former Vice Chair of Subscription Finance, Asset-Backed Finance, Wells Fargo Securities, discusses the origin of subscription lending and the evolution of what it is today.

Accreditation

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

Memberships

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.
C200
Member
Aug 2019 - Present
Chicago, IL, USA
C200 is a powerful community of the most successful women in business, representing companies with more than $1.4 trillion in combined revenue and employing more than 2.5 million people.
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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

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

Dee Dee Sklar’s Education

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