Peter Bernard, second from left, with his wife Susan, far right, and the Root Capital team in Senegal
Today, Peter Bernard joins Root Capital as our first chief operating officer.
A Wall Street veteran who most recently served as the chief risk officer at the global investment firm D.E. Shaw & Company, Peter is coming on board to lead Root Capital’s finance, lending, risk, advisory services, and talent functions.
Peter has been a part of the Root Capital family for quite some time, serving as a member of our board of directors from 2011 until just last week when he participated in his final meeting as a member, serving as vice chair. He and Root Capital Founder and CEO Willy Foote recently had an opportunity to chat about the evolution of Peter’s role at Root Capital and what to expect as Peter takes the helm as our first COO.
An edited transcript of their conversation is below.