Alexander Navab

  • Columbia, B.A., 1987
  • Harvard University, M.B.A., 1991

Mr. Navab is the Founder and CEO of the private investment firm Navab Holdings. He is the former Head of the Americas Private Equity Business at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (“KKR”) and has over 28 years of experience in the financial services and investment management industries. Mr. Navab held leadership roles at KKR, including as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee, Chair of the Americas Private Equity Investment Committee, and Chair of the Americas Portfolio Management Committee. Mr. Navab worked at James D. Wolfensohn from 1991-1993 in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance. He started his career in financial services at Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1987-1989 in Investment Banking.

Mr. Navab was born in Isfahan, Iran, but his family took refuge in Greece following the 1979 Iranian Revolution. They immigrated to the United States two years later. He speaks eloquently about the experience of immigration and the ways in which America’s dynamism and prosperity depend upon the nation’s continued openness and diversity. He graduated from the Harvard Business School in 1991 with an MBA, High Distinction, Baker Scholar and awarded the Wolfe Award. Mr. Navab won the John Jay award from Columbia College in 2011 for distinguished professional achievements. In 2016, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Mr. Navab is serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Fidelity National Information Systems, Inc. (“FIS”); a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the Board of Trustees at New York-Presbyterian Hospital; a member of the Board of Directors at The Robin Hood Foundation; the former Chair of the Board of Visitors at Columbia College; a member of the Board of Dean's Advisors at Harvard Business School; a member of the Executive Advisory Council at the George W. Bush Presidential Center; a member of The Hamilton Project Advisory Council; and on the Executive Committee at The Hellenic Initiative (a non-profit organization supporting economic renewal in Greece through philanthropy, entrepreneurship and economic investment).