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Geisel School of Medicine Board of Overseers

John L. (Launny) Steffens (DC '63)

Mr. John L. Steffens is the Founder of Spring Mountain Capital, LP, an alternative investment firm located in New York City. Prior to founding Spring Mountain Capital in 2001, Mr. Steffens spent 38 years at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., where he held numerous senior management positions, including President of Merrill Lynch Consumer Market, Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., and Chairman of its U.S. Private Client Group. Under his leadership, the Private Client Group experienced tremendous growth, increasing assets under management from $200 billion to $1.6 trillion. Mr. Steffens also served on the board of directors of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. from April 1986 until July 2001. 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.

Also in 2001, Mr. Steffens founded Vineyard 7 & 8, a boutique winery producing premium, limited production wine. Vineyard 7 & 8 is operated by the Steffens family and is located on Spring Mountain in Napa Valley California.

In 2010, Mr. Steffens was the recipient of the Billie Jean King Contribution Award from the Women's Sports Foundation. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1963 with a B.A. in Economics. He also completed the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School in 1979.