Bill Obenshain is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Financial Services at DePaul University. Previously he was its Executive Director from March, 2007 to June, 2016. The Center for Financial Services is a center of excellence for the Chicago area financial services community that delivers to students and practitioners the academic and extra-curricular programs that fulfill industry talent requirements and address the practical and theoretical interests of industry professionals.
Before joining DePaul, Mr. Obenshain spent 38 years in the financial services industry with Continental Bank and Bank of America. He held positions in Chicago, New York, Brussels and London. He was the founder, in 1995, of Bank of America’s private equity business in Europe. From 1995 to 2006, he was Managing Partner of BA Capital Partners Europe.
In addition to his role at CPOST, Mr. Obenshain is Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College; vice chairman of the Naval War College Foundation in Newport, Rhode Island; chairman of MezzVest, a Channel Islands based group of investment funds; director and immediate past president of the American School in London Foundation; chairman of Truth in Accounting and a director of TimeLine Theater Company. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chairman’s Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Mr. Obenshain serves on the advisory board of Three Ocean Partners, a New York based investment banking boutique.
Before joining Continental Bank, Mr. Obenshain served in the U. S. Navy for five years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Dartmouth College and an MBA at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.