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William Blair & Company names managing director

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Chicago, Il., USA - March 13, 2015, Chicago, Il., USA - William Blair & Company, an investment firm, announced the addition of James O'Connor, Jr. as a managing director and global head of venture capital for the investment banking group.




Mr. O'Connor joins William Blair from MVC Capital, where he led originations of venture capital, private equity, and debt recapitalizations. He is a co-founder of 1871, Chicago's digital co-working space, and founder of the Chicago Entrepreneurial Center.

Mr. O'Connor co-founded Motorola Ventures and led over 150 venture transactions and managed 25 exits for the Motorola Ventures fund. In addition to serving as a White House Fellow, his professional experiences include roles at A.T. Kearney, Ariel Capital Management, Sidley Austin, and the Chicago Board of Trade.

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