Prior to Clearstone, William spent seven years in a variety of business planning and new venture roles at The Walt Disney Company. His tenure at Disney included finance and operational roles at Euro Disney, the Disney Store retail chain and Disney Consumer Products. As CFO of Disney Licensing, he oversaw all strategic planning, operations and finance activities for the Walt Disney Company’s licensing division, the world’s largest consumer products licensor. William also co-managed Disney’s Merchant Banking Group, where he negotiated and structured acquisitions and equity investments in the company’s strategic licensees.
Prior to Disney, William was a Senior Consultant with Arthur Andersen’s Financial Services Group. At Andersen, William assisted banks and S&Ls in their asset securitization and risk segmentation efforts (prior to the idiots getting too clever for their own good and almost destroying the modern financial system). He also advised Japanese banks on their US market entry strategies.
William received his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was appointed a Kauffman Fellow. He holds a BS in Accounting with honors from the University of Southern California.