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Byron has more than 30 years of experience advising and investing with some of the most successful public and private closely held companies in the U.S. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of BDT & Company, and the chairman of BDT Capital Investment Committee. BDT & Company is a Chicago‐based merchant bank that combines $8 billion in investment funds with advisory services to address the long‐term strategic and financing needs of family and founder‐controlled companies. Prior to founding BDT & Company in 2009, Byron had a distinguished 27‐year career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where most recently he was vice chairman of the Global Investment Banking Division and head of the Chicago office and the Midwest Region. Byron was elected to the board of directors in April 2015.