Christopher W. Kersey

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Christopher W. Kersey
Alma mater Stanford University (BA)
Emory University School of Medicine (MD)
Harvard Business School (MBA)
Occupation Founding Managing Partner of Havencrest Healthcare Partners
Former Chairman of the Board of Johns Hopkins Medicine International
Years active 1990s – present
Organization Havencrest Healthcare Partners
Johns Hopkins Medicine International
GuideStone Capital Management
Home town Dallas, Texas, United States
Awards Youngest trustee in the history of Johns Hopkins Hospital

Christopher W. (Chris) Kersey (born 1969) is an American entrepreneur, business executive and financier who specializes in the healthcare industry. Kersey is best known as the founding managing partner of Havencrest Healthcare Capital Partners,[1] a healthcare private equity firm based in Dallas, Texas, and as the Chairman of the Board of Johns Hopkins Medicine International,[2] where under his chairmanship the organization focused on broadening global collaborative health care partnerships, including a joint venture with Saudi Aramco.[3] After graduating from Harvard Business School, Kersey worked at investment firms before founding Havencrest in 2016.

In 1996, Kersey was one of the first individuals in history to be accepted in the same year into the graduate program of Harvard Medical School as well as Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School (the "Harvard Triple Crown").[4]

Professional life

Kersey serves as the Founding Managing Partner of Havencrest Healthcare Partners, a healthcare private equity firm based in Dallas, Texas. Havencrest focuses on buyouts and majority recapitalizations as well as minority growth equity financings for high-growth private companies.[1]

Kersey has served on the boards of numerous private and public healthcare companies throughout his career including AlgoRx Pharmaceuticals Inc. (acquired by Anesiva Corporation, NASDAQ: ANSV), Community Education Centers (acquired by GEO Group, NYSE: GEO), Essence Group Holdings Corporation, Essia Health Inc. (acquired by ScribeAmerica Corporation), Implantable Provider Group (IPG) Inc., LipoScience Corporation (NASDAQ: LPDX), Lumeris Corporation, MacroGenics Corporation (NASDAQ: MGNX), Medivance Inc. (acquired by C.R. Bard Corporation, NYSE: BCR), MedServe Inc. (acquired by Stericycle Corporation, NASDAQ: SRCL), Metabolon Corporation[5], Paragon Bioservices Inc., PatientSafe Solutions Inc., Pet DRx Inc. (acquired by VCA Antech Corporation, NASDAQ: WOOF), Rejuvenon Inc. (acquired by Helsinn Healthcare S.A.), Santa Rosa Holdings Corporation, Targacept Corporation (NASDAQ: TRGT), Webmedx Inc. (acquired by Nuance Communications, NASDAQ: NUAN) and Xeotron Corporation (acquired by Life Technologies Corporation, NASDAQ: LIFE).[6][7]

Prior to founding Havencrest in 2016, Kersey served as a Managing Member and Partner at Camden Partners Holdings, LLC[8], one of the nation's oldest, largest and top-ranked growth equity and investment management firms, from 2008 – 2016.[9] [10] Prior to Camden, Kersey served as a Founding Managing Director of Cogene Ventures, at the time the largest growth equity fund in the Southern tier of the United States. In 2004, Cogene was the largest healthcare fund in the history of the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program[11].[12] Named one of the nation’s top 10 Digital Health investors in February 2015, according to CB Insights, Kersey regularly presents at conferences[13] on private equity, healthcare investment trends and international healthcare.[1][14][15][16]

International healthcare

As the Chairman of the Board of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, the global development arm of Johns Hopkins Medicine with hospital management and clinical education services in North America, South America, the Middle East, Europe and Asia, from 2011 – 2017, Kersey helped engineer during his tenure innovative public sector – private sector healthcare partnerships around the world with blue-chip institutions such as Saudi Aramco in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, HCL Healthcare in India and Pacifico Salud in Peru. As an example, Kersey serves on the board of directors of the Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) joint venture [17]based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest population health management initiatives.[2][18]

An expert in international healthcare, Kersey’s global experience in healthcare includes work with Sumitomo Biosciences in Japan and the World Bank in the former Soviet Union (the Republic of Georgia) as well as research fellowships focusing on the National Health Service in the United Kingdom and Sweden-based Telefon LM AB Ericsson's market entry into China.

Early life and education

Kersey was born in 1969, and he started playing tennis at the age of 5. A regular on the national junior tennis circuits throughout junior high school, Kersey began attending Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina in 1983. During his high school years, Kersey was a two-time member of the South Carolina All-State Math Team, one of the state’s top debaters in the category of extemporaneous speaking and the state champion in Latin as a ninth grader.

In 1987, Kersey was named one of 10 members of the Prince High School Academic All-American Tennis Team and graduated with highest honors as the Class of 1987 Valedictorian at Spring Valley High School. A teammate of Pete Sampras on the Prince High School All-American Tennis Team, Kersey was named to the South Carolina All-State Tennis Team and was a professional tennis player for one year after graduating from Stanford University and before starting medical school.

A Phi Beta Kappa, Truman Scholar and Presidential Scholar graduate of Stanford University, Kersey graduated summa cum laude as the Class of 1996 Valedictorian at the Emory University School of Medicine, where he was awarded one of four Robert W. Woodruff Fellowships and elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.[19]

In 1996, after attaining the Harvard Triple Crown and turning down offers for Harvard Law School and the residency program at Harvard Medical School, Kersey entered Harvard Business School, where he later graduated as the Class of 1998 Walter Fellow as one of the school’s first medical doctors. While at Harvard, Kersey held a brief internship with the international strategic consulting firm of McKinsey & Co. but opted instead to pursue a career in health care investing.

Philanthropy, trusteeships and directorships

Kersey has served on the boards of directors for numerous non-for-profit organizations. In addition to his role as the Chairman of the Board of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Kersey has served on the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine and the board of trustees of the iconic Johns Hopkins Hospital since 2010. The Johns Hopkins Hospital is the only hospital in history to have earned the number one ranking for 22 years from U.S. News & World Report — an unprecedented 21 years in a row from 1991 to 2011, and again in 2013. Dr. Kersey serves on the board of directors of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Endowment Fund, and he is a member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Compensation Committee and the Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Safety and Quality Committee. Dr. Kersey also serves on The Johns Hopkins Hospital Credentials Committee.[20][21]

Kersey serves on the board of trustees of GuideStone Funds, the largest Christian mutual fund in the world, with more than $12 billion in assets under management. As a GuideStone trustee, he serves on the Investment Management Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee.

At age 32, Kersey was named to the board of directors of the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Foundation, at the time the largest health care system in the Southern tier of the United States. At age 35, Kersey was named to the board of directors of the Houston Private Equity Association,[22] an industry association representing private equity and venture capital firms with approximately $15 billion of assets under management, and Kersey eventually became President of the organization in 2005.

Personal life

Kersey and his wife Johannah, a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Baylor University who holds a Master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia, reside in Dallas, Texas, and they have three children together.


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