Chris Holden brings over 25 years of early stage investing and company-building experience to Court Square, including 11 years with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation in a variety of senior operating, strategy, and executive management roles.
From 1995 to 2000 he served as Chief Executive Officer of Kesmai Corporation, a wholly owned software and technology subsidiary of News Corp, which he sold to Electronic Arts and America Online. Prior to becoming CEO of Kesmai, Mr. Holden was vice president of News Technology Group, which held company-wide responsibility for investing in technology and new media businesses, as well as managing the integration and deployment of new technologies across News Corp business units worldwide. He also served on News Corp’s Global Interactive Strategy Taskforce, was a member of the executive team that created iGuide (a joint venture between News Corp and MCI which later became TV Guide Interactive and merged with Gemstar Corporation), and was a senior executive with the News Digital Media Group, which oversaw the online operations of a number of News Corp companies. Prior to joining the News Technology Group, he co-founded the Advanced Media Group for HarperCollins Publishers in New York (a News Corp company) and served as corporate vice president. While at News Corp, Mr. Holden served as a director of numerous private companies in the IT, Software, and media sectors.
Mr. Holden left News Corp in 2000 to co-found Court Square Ventures. He has been a board member in CSV I portfolio companies CSTV (sold to CBS), Logic Library (sold to SOA Software), and Verance (still operating). Currently, he is a director of CSV II portfolio companies Emerging Media Group, Grab Networks, Echo360, and Mobile Posse. He serves on the board of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation, the University of Virginia Patent Foundation, and was appointed by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University. He is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School and Davidson College.
Donn Davis is Managing Partner of Revolution Growth and he co-founded Revolution LLC with Steve Case in 2005.
From 2004 to 2007, Donn was CEO of Exclusive Resorts, where he scaled it from a start-up to $1 billion of luxury residences in 50 worldwide destinations, establishing one of the first successful brands of the “sharing economy.”
From 1998 to 2003, Donn was a senior executive at America Online, where he led the Interactive Properties Group first as COO and then President as well as served on the company-wide operating committee.
From 1992 to 1998, Donn served in senior roles at Tribune Company. He was founder and President of Tribune Ventures, one of the first and most successful strategic corporate venture capital groups. At 29 years old, he was named Counsel for the beloved Chicago Cubs, making him the youngest team attorney in Major League Baseball negotiating player contracts.
Donn started his career as an Associate at Sidley & Austin in Chicago, specializing in media, sports, and technology transactions.
Donn was born and raised in Cincinnati and received his BS in Finance from Miami University of Ohio and JD from the University of Michigan Law School. He created the long-running undergraduate course “Real Business” and has served as an adjunct professor at his alma mater.
Gregga Baxter heads GIB’s businesses in New York. He has been with GIB for 35 years in New York, London and the GCC. Extensive corporate finance, asset management and treasury experience in the United States and the GCC. Has completed many notable “first” transactions, including the first-ever international syndicated loan for a Saudi borrower, the first successful IPO for a Saudi issuer, and the establishment of the first major private-sector petrochemical joint-venture in Saudi Arabia. Advised on the privatization of Saudi Telecom and private finance initiatives for the Saudi Electricity Ministry. A US citizen, he holds BA (Hons) and MA from Oxford University, England
Steve joined SoftBank in 1997 and has over 20 years of experience working with high growth technology based businesses; including sourcing and managing venture investments, all aspects of mergers and acquisitions and significant corporate finance and accounting. He focuses on digital media technologies as well as a variety of technology based services.
In addition to his direct venture investing experience, Steve has been the principal senior executive responsible for designing and executing billions of dollars of complex structured monetization strategies for various SOFTBANK Group investments, including initial public offerings, secondary public offerings, mergers, private sales, public market block sale transactions and complex collars.
Steve came to SoftBank Capital from Deloitte, one of the world's largest professional services firms. While at Deloitte, Steve specialized in serving numerous high growth technology based businesses including Primark Corporation, Harcourt General and IDG.
Steve serves on the boards of several private companies including Bigcommerce, EdCast, Fitbit, Kabbage, Kony, Interactions, Mobile Posse and xAD. Steve previously served on the boards of Pivot Solutions (sold to CME Group in 2012), Sermo (sold to WorldOne in 2012), ZipList (sold to Condé Nast in 2012), Rivermine (sold to Emptoris in 2010), NLG (sold to World Travel Holdings in 2006), Viacore (sold to IBM in 2006) and Webhire (sold to Kenexa in 2006).
Steve is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Accounting from Boston College.
Wayne has been a partner of SCP since its inception and has been involved with private equity and venture capital investing since 1987. He joined Churchill Investment Partners, Inc. as a managing director in 1990 and became Vice President and a member of the board of directors of CIP Capital L.P. at the time of its founding. Wayne is a director or chairman of several companies, including CinemaStar, Inc., Gigared S.A., Anystream, Inc., Deep Breeze, Ltd. and Trig Medical, Inc. He also serves on the investment committee of Vitalife Life Sciences Fund. From 1992 to 1994, Wayne served as Executive Vice President of AffinityBiotech, Inc. where he was responsible for strategic alliances, financial strategy, and mergers and acquisitions. He also oversaw its IPO and merger into the company that subsequently became IBAH, Inc. From 1987 to 1990, Wayne operated a management and financial advisory firm. Wayne began his career at the Philadelphia law firm of Saul, Ewing, Remick & Saul. Wayne received his B.A. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.