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2017 Honoree
Robert Pangia 1973
Robert W. ("Bob") Pangia, has had a long and diverse career in business with four decades of experience as an entrepreneur, in general management, healthcare, investment banking and private equity. Most recently he was CEO of Ivy Sports Medicine, a company involved in providing products for treatment of knee injuries, which was sold to Stryker Corporation in August 2016.

In 2002, along with Dr. Russell F. Warren, Columbia ’62, a 2001 Ivy League Football Association Honoree, and his son Rusty Warren, a 1989 Princeton graduate, Bob founded Ivy Capital Partners, a private equity firm dedicated to investments in the orthopedics/musculoskeletal space with a focus on sports medicine.

From 1987 to 1996, Bob worked at PaineWebber Incorporated, (currently UBS), where he served as Executive Vice President and head of that firm's Global Investment Banking business. Bob also held a number of other senior management positions including: member of the Board of Directors, PaineWebber, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PaineWebber Properties Inc., member of PaineWebber's Executive and Operating Committees, Chairman of the Equity Commitment Committee, and member of the Debt Commitment Committee.

During his career in investment banking Bob was very active in the biotechnology industry as a financier and director. He has been involved with the financings of several start-ups and early stage companies that grew into global businesses including Amgen, Centocor and Genzyme. Prior to joining PaineWebber, Bob was Managing Director of Investment Banking for Drexel Burnham Lambert of New York and Vice President of Investment Banking for Kidder, Peabody & Co. of New York.

Bob currently serves as a Director of Biogen Corporation, where he is Chairman of the Compensation and Management Development Committee. Bob has also served as a director of McAfee Inc., until its acquisition by Intel, ICOS Corporation until its acquisition by Eli Lilly Corporation, Athena Neurosciences, and Ryan, Beck Corporation. Mr. Pangia was also a director of National Healing Corporation until its acquisition by Morgan Stanley Ventures.

Born the youngest of three children in to a working class family in Brooklyn, New York Bob was an outstanding student athlete at Monsignor Farrell High School in Staten Island, New York, where he was Co-Captain of the ’68 football team that began "the streak" of a five year undefeated run for the Lions. In 2013, Bob was inducted into the Monsignor Farrell High School Hall of Fame.

Bob received an A.B. in Economics from Brown University in 1973. He was Co-Captain of the football team, was named to the All-Ivy team in 1971 and was the recipient of the War Memorial Trophy awarded to the player who "through sportsmanship, performance and influence contributed most to the sport at Brown". Bob was a Beta Gamma Sigma MBA graduate of the Columbia Business School in 1977.

Bob serves as financial advisor to United Family & Children’s Society, a New Jersey based social services organization and has been a significant supporter of Angels To Angels Sierra Leone, an organization which promotes educational opportunity for girls in that impoverished country. Mr. Pangia lives in New York City with Stephanie, his wife of 43 years. They have four children and two grandchildren.

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