In this episode of the "CIO Corner" webcast series, host David Salem engages in a thought-provoking conversation with American businessman and financier Ken HershKen is the author of The Fastest Tortoise: Winning in Industries I Knew Nothing About―A Life Spent Figuring It Out. He is currently the President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

During this compelling discussion, Ken shares his remarkable personal and professional journey. Though initially a novice in the energy sector, Ken boldly innovated an investment strategy that redefined private investment in energy. His firm’s success established a benchmark, inspiring competitors and reshaping how capital flows into the U.S. energy industry. Ken’s journey exemplifies a bold capitalist unafraid to seize opportunities.

About Ken Hersh:

Since 2016, Ken Hersh has served as president and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. He is the Co-Founder and former CEO of NGP Energy Capital Management, one of the largest natural resources private equity investment firms, managing over $20 billion of cumulative committed capital since 1988. From 2012 until 2023, he was a Senior Advisor to the Carlyle Group’s natural resources division. In 2023, the Oil and Gas Investor magazine inducted Ken into its Hart Energy Hall of Fame as one of the top 50 “pioneering men and women who have shaped energy over the last half century.”

In 2023, he received the Ernest C. Arbuckle Award, the highest honor presented by Stanford’s Graduate School of Business to recognize excellence in management leadership. Among other lifetime achievement recognitions, he received the 2020 L. Frank Pitts Energy Leadership Award presented by SMU’s Cox School for his leadership and innovation in energy, and the Oil & Gas Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

Mr. Hersh is also very involved in the nonprofit arena through the efforts of the Hersh Foundation. He sits on the boards of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, the Dallas Citizens Council, the Southwestern Medical Foundation, and the Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation, and serves on the Advisory Council of The Asian American Foundation.

A native of Dallas, Texas, he graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in politics and earned his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar.

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