Alan B. Sellers
Mr. Sellers serves as Chairman of Gravitas Alliance, which allies with select promising companies for strategy, growth and serious “special ops”. He has 30 years of operating, Investor-level, Board-level and/or C-Level experience (including Chairman, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Financial Officer, acting Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Administrative Officer) at NYSE ($5 Billion), NASDAQ ($25 Million) and dozens and dozens of private companies of varying revenue levels. He also has 20 years of partner-level private equity and venture capital experience in growing companies and capital structure.
He has served in senior leadership roles at Pacific Holding Company, one of America's largest private investment companies, Westar Capital, a well-regarded private equity/venture capital firm, and SAIL Capital, a well-known venture capital firm which he helped jointly establish. He has also served in C-level leadership roles at such companies as Dole Food Company (NYSE); Flexi-Van Corporation (formerly NYSE); and Ultrasystems, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ).
He has extensive international experience. For example, at Dole, he served as Executive Vice President and Member of the Office of the Chairman. His responsibilities spanned 89 countries and 55,000 employees. In addition, he served as Dole’s Chief Financial Officer and also as Chief Legal Officer. Alan has 25 years of senior roles in Mergers & Acquisitions, having led deals and due diligence in dozens of transactions ranging from $5 Million to $5 Billion. Another area of expertise is organizational effectiveness. His operating experience includes numerous high-tech and low-tech industries, and he is well-acquainted with the vagaries of growth curves in emerging and expansion-stage companies.
Alan sits on the Executive Committee of the Advisory Boards of both the nationally ranked Business School and The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at The University of California Irvine. He is a Professor at The Merage Institute’s Executive Leadership Program for CEOs. Alan attended Yale where he received a B.A. in Economics; The Wharton School for his M.B.A.; and Columbia University School of Law for his J.D. He received a C.P.A. from New York State. Mr. Sellers practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers, and accounting at Arthur Andersen & Co.