Mary D’SouzaSenior Advisor (New York, NY)
Mary D’Souza has 25 years of private equity, private credit, fund investing, commercial and investment banking and C-level operational experience through various senior roles including at GE Capital, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Four M Investments and a privately held pharmaceutical company.
Ms. D’Souza spent nearly a decade as a Managing Director at GE Capital in the years leading up to the 2008/2009 global financial crisis where she structured over 125 senior and junior debt financings representing over $13 billion+ in transaction volume. Ms. D’Souza also launched the junior debt initiative at GE Capital, building it into one of the leading players in the second lien / mezzanine lending market.
Ms. D’Souza is currently the CFO and a Board Member of a pharmaceutical company focused on animal and human health.
She started her career as an investment banker at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson (since acquired by Commerzbank) in 1995. Post GE Capital, she was the Chief Investment Officer of a large New York family office responsible for direct investments in private equity and private credit transactions as well as fund investments across a variety of asset classes, including in the U.S. lower middle-market.
Ms. D’Souza received an MBA from Pace University and completed GE’s Accelerated Leadership Performance Course. She received a BA from St. Xavier’s College.
Ms. D’Souza is currently a Board Member of Community Access, a New York-based non-profit that provides a range of housing, job skills, and employment placement to those who have a history of mental illness.
Ms. D’Souza has strong relationships with Star Mountain as a personal investor across multiple Star Mountain funds.
As an aligned Senior Advisor, Ms. D’Souza assists Star Mountain Capital with deal origination relationships, industry insights and other strategic insights to help Star Mountain and its portfolio investments maximize value.