John L. Steffens is a non-executive director of Colony NorthStar, Inc. He previously served as a director for Colony Capital, Inc., the predecessor to Colony NorthStar, since its initial public offering in September 2009 until January 2017. Mr. Steffens is the founder of Spring Mountain Capital, LP (Spring Mountain Capital). Founded in 2001, Spring Mountain Capital specializes in providing advisory services and alternative investments for institutional and private investors. Prior to establishing Spring Mountain Capital, Mr. Steffens spent 38 years at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., where he held numerous senior management positions, including President of Merrill Lynch Consumer Markets (which was later named the Private Client Group) from July 1985 until April 1997, and both Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. (the parent company) and Chairman of its U.S. Private Client Group from April 1997 until July 2001.
Mr. Steffens served on the Board of Directors of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. from April 1986 until July 2001. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Merrill Lynch Ventures, LLC (a $1.8 billion private equity fund for key employees). Mr. Steffens currently serves on the Advisory Board of StarVest Partners, the Advisory Board of Wicks Communication & Media Partners, L.P., the Board of Trustees of Colony Starwood Homes (NYSE: SFR), and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cicero, Inc., a publicly traded provider of business integration software, since May 2007. Also, Mr. Steffens was appointed to the Board of Overseers of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, on which he currently serves, on October 1, 2011. From June 2004 to February 2009, Mr. Steffens served on the public board of Aozora Bank, Ltd., a financial services institution in Japan. Mr. Steffens has served as Chairman of the Securities Industry Association, as a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development, and is currently National Chairman Emeritus of the Alliance for Aging Research.
Mr. Steffens graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dartmouth College in 1963. He also attended the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School in 1979.