Jack Wadsworth – Lever Co-Founder
Jack Wadsworth is currently an Advisory Director at Morgan Stanley. Wadsworth began his career at First Boston, an investment bank. He rose through the ranks, and by 1978, was the Executive Vice President, a member of the Board of Directors, and Co-head of First Boston’s investment banking group. Soon after, he joined Morgan Stanley as the first partner to join the firm from a competitor. During the 1980s, Wadsworth started Morgan Stanley’s technology investment banking practice and venture capital business, leading on the IPO for Apple Computer. He also developed the firm’s private equity business. In 1986, Wadsworth was asked to activate Morgan Stanley’s seat on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and build Morgan Stanley’s business in Japan. During his five years in Tokyo, he grew the firm in Japan from nothing to over 500 people while maintaining profits. In 1991, Wadsworth moved to Hong Kong as Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, and proceeded to expand Morgan Stanley’s business across the region. When he retired in 2001, the firm had over 2000 people, 11 offices, joint ventures in China and India and over a billion dollars in revenue in Asia. Wadsworth has since developed an active venture capital business, Ceyuan Ventures, making early stage technology investments in China and the US. He is currently Honorary Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and sits on numerous boards. Wadsworth is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.