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Stephen Zide

CEO

Zide Family Foundation

Stamford, CT, USA

Stephen Zide
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Stephen Zide’s Biography

Steve Zide is a senior executive, global industry leader, philanthropist and investor with a career marked by over 20 years at Bain Capital, where he held integral roles as both Sector Head and Managing Director. While at Bain Capital, Steve was responsible for the firm’s North American Industrial Sector and led large-scale transactions across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

In 1998, Steve moved to Sydney, Australia serving as Managing Director with responsibility for establishing Pacific Equity Partners, then an affiliate of Bain Capital. Prior to his tenure at Bain Capital, Steve was a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, serving as a founding member of the New York office.

Steve is the founder and CEO of the Zide Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on veterans, equal justice, child development and food and water insecurity.

Steve serves on various boards (both for-profit and nonprofit) including as Vice Chairman of Boston University’s Board of Trustees, Chairman of Safe Water Network (a nonprofit co-founded by actor Paul Newman that provides clean water...
Steve Zide is a senior executive, global industry leader, philanthropist and investor with a career marked by over 20 years at Bain Capital, where he held integral roles as both Sector Head and Managing Director. While at Bain Capital, Steve was responsible for the firm’s North American Industrial Sector and led large-scale transactions across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

In 1998, Steve moved to Sydney, Australia serving as Managing Director with responsibility for establishing Pacific Equity Partners, then an affiliate of Bain Capital. Prior to his tenure at Bain Capital, Steve was a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, serving as a founding member of the New York office.

Steve is the founder and CEO of the Zide Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on veterans, equal justice, child development and food and water insecurity.

Steve serves on various boards (both for-profit and nonprofit) including as Vice Chairman of Boston University’s Board of Trustees, Chairman of Safe Water Network (a nonprofit co-founded by actor Paul Newman that provides clean water to millions of people in India and Africa), Multiplying Good (the organization behind the Jefferson Awards) and Sensata Technologies. Previously, Steve was the founding Chairman of Trinseo SA, a role he served in for over a decade.

Stephen earned a BA from the University of Rochester, a JD from Boston University School of Law and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Stephen Zide’s Background

Zide Family Foundation
CEO
Jan 2015 - Present
Stamford, CT, USA
Founded in 2013, the Zide Family Foundation is a private organization dedicated to invoking change. The Foundation supports several schools, including Smith College, Boston University and NYU Law School as well as other charitable organizations such as Kids in Crisis and the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Bain Capital
Managing Director
2002 - 2015
Stamford, CT, USA
Established in 1984, Bain Capital is an American private investment company specalizing in real estate, private equity, credit, impact investing, venture capital, public equity and life sciences. After stepping down as Managing Director in 2015, Stephen held the position of Senior Advisor until 2019.
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Stephen Zide’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Sensata Technologies
Director
2006 - Present
Attleboro, MA, USA
With operations and business centers in thirteen countries, Sensata Technologies is one of the top providers of control, sensing, electrical protection and power management systems. Stephen previously served as Director of STI, Sensata’s principal operating company, until 2010.
Safe Water Network
Chairman
Jun 2019 - Present
New York, NY, USA
As Chairman, Stephen oversees and leads Safe Water Network's Board of Directors as the board continues to work to strength and grow the nonprofit organization.
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Previous Board Positions

Trinseo
Chairman
2010 - Jun 2020
Founded in 2010, Trinseo is an influential multinational materials firm that specializes in latex, plastics, and synthetic rubber manufacturing.
Safe Water Network
Director
2015 - Jun 2019
New York, NY, USA
Safe Water Network was established to fill the knowledge gap in off-grid water systems. Presently, Safe Water Network collaborates with both the corporate and public sectors to overcome barriers to local sustainability and scale.
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Previous Advisory Roles

Bain Capital
Senior Advisor
Jan 2015 - Dec 2019
Stamford, CT, USA
Stephen was Senior Advisor at Bain Capital, a prominent private investment business that invests in a variety of industries and geographical areas.

Philanthropy

Zide Family Foundation
CEO
Stephen and his wife Janet launched the Zide Family Foundation in 2013 as a means to create an impact and invoke change. It supports several educational institutions, including Boston University, King School, Smith College and NYU Law School. It is also a supporter of Kids in Crisis and the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Navy SEAL Foundation
NYC Benefit Chair and Donor
The Navy SEAL Foundation provides vital support for fighters, veterans, and the families of the NSW community. Stephen supports the organization through the Zide Family Foundation and serves as New York City Benefit Chair.

Media

BU’s New Trustee Committee Accelerates Work to Eliminate Systemic Racism
Quoted
Jan 2021
BU's new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, chaired by Stephen Zide, will meet monthly and is closely aligned to the university's Antiracism Working Group.
$10 Million Gift Names New CFA Theater
Quoted
Mar 2017
BU Trustee Stephen Zide gifts $10 million to the university's new theater complex. It will be known as the Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre, bearing the names of his wife Janet's parents.

Interviews

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Leadership Q&A
2021
Boston University's Senior Diversity Officer Andrea Taylor talks to trustee committee leaders Richard Godfrey and Stephen Zide about the committee's goals.

Awards & Endorsements

Forbes Top 50 Dealmakers
Honoree
2013
In his role at Bain Capital, Stephen made Forbes' list of the top executives in private equity based in part on the company's dealings with Sensata, Unisource and HD Supply.

Speaking Engagements

Celebrating New York City and marking 20 years of naval special warfare operations since 9/11
Dinner Chair
2021
Stephen welcomed guests to the Navy SEAL Foundation's 2021 NYC Benefit.