Whitney Haring-Smith is a investor focused primarily on industrial and technology businesses. As a Managing Partner at Anzu Partners, Dr. Haring- Smith leads the portfolio support functions, the firm’s SPAC practice, and has led most of Anzu’s acquisitions and software investments. Among other investments, Dr. Haring-Smith led the investments for:
- acquisition of Axsun Technologies from Royal Philips NV in October 2015 (acquired by Excelitas in 2019)
- minority investment in MultiMechanics (acquired by Siemens PLC in 2019)
- pre-IPO crossover round for Ai-Media (now public as ASX: AIM)
- revenue-based redeemable preferred share financing for Pivotal Systems (ASX: PVS)
Dr. Haring-Smith currently serves as a board director for several Anzu portfolio companies, with a current public list of board positions available on LinkedIn.
Prior to Anzu Partners, Dr. Haring-Smith was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he focused on energy, industrial goods, and globalization while working in BCG’s San Francisco, Seattle, and Hong Kong offices. During his tenure with BCG, Dr. Haring-Smith served energy clients in the United States, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Angola, and Argentina. In industrial goods, Dr. Haring-Smith coordinated operational transformations for clients in the manufacturing and mining industries across the United States, both working in white-collar corporate headquarters and on-site in steel-toed boots to drive operational change.
While based in BCG’s Hong Kong office, Dr. Haring-Smith worked with David Michael on BCG’s flagship globalization report Global Challengers: Allies and Adversaries, which identified 100 high-growth companies from emerging markets with the potential to become global leaders in their industries.
In early-stage companies, Dr. Haring-Smith was the co-founder & board chairman of College Abacus, a website that became the “Kayak.com of college financial aid” in the United States. From 2012 to 2014, College Abacus was featured in the New York Times, CNN Money, Yahoo Finance, CBS News, Fox Business, and other publications. In 2014, College Abacus was acquired by ECMC.
Dr. Haring-Smith earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees simultaneously from Yale University, magna cum laude, and received his doctorate from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar from Pennsylvania.