Co-Founder & Senior Managing Director, Providence Equity Partners

Paul Salem (Chair)

Paul Salem has been with Providence Equity Partners for 27 years and is now Senior Managing Director Emeritus based in the Providence office. Mr. Salem was instrumental in helping Providence grow from $171 million in assets under management to over $50 billion. He established the European office for Providence in 1999 when he was based in London. Mr. Salem also helped create Benefit Street Partners, the credit affiliate of Providence Equity Partners in 2008 that grew from $1.1 billion of assets under management to over $22 billion.

In 2017, Mr Salem formed Providence Public, the public equity affiliate of Providence. He has served on numerous boards for Providence Equity including, Grupo TorreSur, NEW Asurion , NFL/PEP Ventures, Eircom, PanAmSat, Tele1 Europe, Verio, Wired Magazine and several other Providence investments. Before joining Providence, Mr. Salem worked for Morgan Stanley in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he spent four years with Prudential Investment Corporation, an affiliate of Prudential Insurance, where his responsibilities included private placement financing, leveraged buyout transactions and helping establish Prudential’s European office.

Mr. Salem received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. Mr. Salem is chairman of non-profit Year Up and a board member of Edesia Global Nutrition. He is chair of the board of the Moses Brown School and serves on the neuroscience advisory board of the Carney institute for Neuroscience at Brown University.