William Earl Kennard, B.A., ’81 J.D.
William E. Kennard is cofounder and chairman of Velocitas Partners, LLC, an asset management firm.
Before founding Velocitas Partners, Mr. Kennard was U.S. Ambassador to the European Union. Appointed in November 2009, he promoted transatlantic trade and investment and worked to eliminate regulatory barriers to commerce. Mr. Kennard graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University. After earning a law degree at Yale, he joined the firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand (now DLA Piper), where he was a partner and member of the board of directors. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from 1993 until 1997, and as chairman from 1997 to 2001. Prior to his appointment as U.S. Ambassador, he was managing director of the global private equity firm the Carlyle Group, where he led investments in the telecommunications and media sectors. Mr. Kennard serves on the boards of directors of AT&T, Inc., Ford Motor Company, MetLife, Inc. and Duke Energy Corporation. A former member of the University Council, he was named Successor Trustee in 2014.