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Christos Cotsakos

Senior Advisor

Dr. Christos Cotsakos, Senior Advisor, joined New Mountain in 2013. 

He is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Pennington Ventures, a privately held technology, strategic management and advisory company.

Formerly, Dr. Cotsakos served as Chairman and CEO of E*TRADE Group where he took the company public and pioneered the personal online investment market. He also served as global Co-CEO of ACNielsen; Founding Co-Managing Partner at ArrowPath Ventures, Founding Chairman, CEO and President of EndPlay, Inc. and served in several senior executive positions at Federal Express Corporation. 

In 2001, William Paterson University, one of the nine state colleges and universities in New Jersey, named its business school the Christos M. Cotsakos College of Business, wherein he is serving as Distinguished Entrepreneur in Residence. He was previously honored with a Visiting Professorship at the University of London.

He is considered to be one of the visionaries, architects and entrepreneurs of e-commerce and e-finance and is among a team of co-inventors listed in multiple patent applications covering methods and data structure for obtaining, distributing, managing and utilizing information, including online content and user biographical content, in an online networking system; and is listed in a provisional patent application covering real time, trusted blockchain attribution.

Through his extensive international experience in multi-national corporations, start-ups, venture capital, board memberships and advisory services, Dr. Cotsakos has helped companies raise significant equity and debt financing in both the private and public markets. He also provides counsel on disruptive innovation; digital transformation; technology (AI, blockchain, M2M); modeling and analytics, financing and exit strategies at critical junctures in a company’s growth cycle. 

Dr. Cotsakos holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of London. He also received an MBA (summa cum laude) from Pepperdine University and a BA (cum laude) in Communications from William Paterson University. 

He is a decorated combat veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Infantry.

Dr. Cotsakos has served on the board of directors for numerous public, private and non-profit companies and has been a founding member of multiple entrepreneurial ventures.

Dr. Cotsakos currently serves on the board of directors of Sonrava Health; Cengage Group; Mutasian Media and Mutasian Entertainment (where he serves as Executive Chairman); Boulevard Arts (where he serves as Non-Executive Chairman); Pennington Ventures (where he serves as Executive Chairman), and as a technical and financial advisor for CCS Medical and Alterna.  He previously served on the New Mountain Board of Director’s of Blue Yonder; Inmar; Medical Supply Distributors, and Diversified Foodservice Supply.