Joseph R. Wright
Joe Wright is currently Senior Advisor to The Chart Group, L.P. which is a merchant banking firm investing in both venture and growth capital companies that also provides senior level advice and capital access to corporate clients.
Prior to this, Mr. Wright was Chief Executive Officer and Director of Scientific Games, a public company, providing technology-based gaming products, systems and services to 43 states and over 60 countries worldwide. From 2006-2008 he was Chairman of Intelsat, the world’s leading provider of satellite/fiber services with a global fleet of over 50 satellites servicing over 200 countries and before that CEO of PanAmSat, a publicly-listed global satellite based services business, which was acquired by Intelsat. Before that, he was Chairman of GRC International Inc., a public company providing advanced IT technologies primarily to government customers, which was sold to AT&T and he was Co-Chairman of Baker & Taylor Holdings, Inc., an international book/video/software distribution and e-commerce company.
From 1989-1994, Mr. Wright was EVP, Vice Chairman, and Director of W. R. Grace & Company, Chairman of Grace Energy Company, and President of Grace Environmental Company. In the 1980’s he served in the U.S. Government under President Reagan as Director and Deputy Director of the Federal Office of Management and Budget and a member of the Cabinet in the Executive Office of the President and earlier as Deputy Secretary of Commerce. He received the Distinguished Citizens Award from President Reagan, was later appointed to the President’s Export Council by President H.W. Bush as Chairman of the Export Control Sub-Committee, was appointed by President W. Bush to the President’s Commission on the U.S. Postal Service Reform, the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) and the FCC’s Network Reliability and Interoperability Council and Media and Security Reliability Council, and is currently serving as a member of Secretary Gates’ and President Obama’s Defense Business Board. Prior to the 1980’s, Mr. Wright was President of several credit card subsidiaries of Citibank, was a partner of Booz, Allen and Hamilton and held several senior economic and management posts in the Federal Department’s of Commerce and Agriculture, including the Social and Economic Statistics Administration which reports the key economic statistics for the U.S.
He received his MIA from Yale University and a BS from Colorado School of Mines. In addition to the Boards mentioned above, Mr. Wright also serves on the Board of Directors/Advisors of Scientific Games, Federal Signal, Terremark Worldwide, CiNet and The Cowen Group and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Committee for the Responsible Federal Budget and the New York Economic Club. He previously served on the Boards of Travelers, Harcourt Brace Janovich, Hampton University, AT&T Government Markets, Titan Corporation and Kroll Inc. He lives with his wife, Ellen, in New York City.