William E. (Bill) Mitchell is the Founding Partner of Sequel Venture Partners, LLC (formerly Sequel Capital Management, LLC), formed in January, 2010 to provide transformational capital, breakthrough strategic thinking and management expertise to innovative companies ranging from early stage start-ups to mid-level enterprises, primarily in the technology sector.
Prior to this, Mr. Mitchell was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW), a 20B$ Fortune 150 company providing distribution and advanced supply chain solutions to the technology industry. He joined Arrow in February 2003 as President and Chief Executive Officer, was named Chairman of the Board in May 2006, and retired as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in January 2010.
Mr. Mitchell began his career at Raychem Corporation, where he spent 20 years in various roles in finance, manufacturing, international operations, and worldwide sales and marketing. In 1993, he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Nashua Corporation, a manufacturer of specialty products and services for print application needs. In 1995, he became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sequel, Inc., then a privately held computer services company.
Prior to joining Arrow, Mr. Mitchell led the acquisition of Sequel, Inc. by Solectron Corporation, and then led the successful formation of Solectron Global Services, a 1.2B$ technology services company, now part of Flextronics International.
Mr. Mitchell currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rogers Corporation (NYSE: ROG) where he is Lead Independent Director; Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) where he serves on the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees.
Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of National Semiconductor prior to its sale to Texas Instruments, as well as the Brown-Forman Corporation where he was Chair of the Audit Committee. He was also Chair of the Compensation Committee of Spansion, Inc., which merged in March 2015 with Cypress Semiconductor, Inc.
Mr. Mitchell is active with educational institutions. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Foundation; is a Director of the UCLA Investment Company which has fiduciary responsibility for the UCLA Endowment; serves on the Board of Directors of the Westwood Technology Transfer Corporation, which has oversight responsibility for the Intellectual Property portfolio of the University; and is a member of the Executive Board of the UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television.
He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the Lincoln Center Corporate Leadership Committee, and the Eisenhower Fellowships Foundation.
Mr. Mitchell holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Princeton University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his master's degree in engineering from the University of Michigan where he was named a National Science Foundation Fellow. He has served as a member of the University of Michigan College of Engineering Advisory Council.