Philip Bilden is a Co-Founding Member of HarbourVest Partners, LLC, a leading Global Private Equity Investment Management Firm with institutional assets under management currently in excess of $40 billion. Mr. Bilden joined the firm in Boston in 1991 and relocated to Hong Kong in 1996 to establish the firm’s Asian presence as a pioneering investor in the region.
Mr. Bilden established HarbourVest Partners (Asia) Limited which he led as Managing Director for 15 years. Based in Hong Kong, he was responsible for the firm’s investment strategy and execution, capital raising, and client service activities throughout the Asia Pacific region, managing personnel and partnerships in multiple countries and cultures.
Throughout his 25 year tenure, Mr. Bilden has served in senior leadership roles in the firm’s global management, including the firm’s four person Executive Committee responsible for governance. He became a Senior Advisor in 2011 and retired from HarbourVest in 2016.
Mr. Bilden served on the advisory boards of numerous international private equity partnerships throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America, including funds managed by Archer Capital, Bain Capital Asia, Brait Capital Partners, Castle Harlan Australian Mezzanine Partners (CHAMP), KKR Asia, Olympus Capital, Pacific Equity Partners, TPG Asia, and Unitas Capital.
He served as the inaugural Chairman of the Asia Advisory Council for the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (2011-2012). He received the AVCJ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 for his contribution to the formation of the Asian Private Equity industry.
Mr. Bilden presently serves on the Board of Directors of Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII); the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, U.S. Navy; the Board of Directors of the United States Naval Academy Foundation; the Board of Directors of the U.S. Naval Institute; the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Naval War College Foundation as Vice Chairman and as the inaugural Chairman of the Center for NWCF Cyber Conflict Studies Task Force; the Asia Pacific Advisory Board and Deans’s Board of Advisors of Harvard Business School; and the Board of Visitors of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Mr. Bilden graduated with a BS in Foreign Service (magna cum laude) in 1986 from Georgetown University. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1991.