Rick Willett

Operating Partner - Consultant

Mr. Willett joined WCAS in 2014 as an Operating Partner. He focuses on technology investments with an emphasis on healthcare information technology. He has over 12 years of experience as a CEO or COO of a private equity sponsored companies.  Mr. Willett was previously the CEO of Ascend Learning, the leading provider of software and on-line content solutions that improve the quality and cost of educating healthcare professionals.  Prior to Ascend Learning, he was the CEO of NewPage, a $4BN manufacturing company and the COO of Teleglobe, a $1.2BN software enabled telecom services business.  Before Teleglobe, he had a 12 year career at General Electric that included CFO, general management, and engineering leadership roles as well as 6 years on GE's corporate audit staff in a variety of international assignments.  Mr. Willett holds an M.B.A. from the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 



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