Svider, who studied at École Polytechnique and École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in France prior to earning his MBA, spoke to the impact of his Chicago Booth education: “Chicago Booth was an ideal complement—both academically and culturally—to my undergraduate engineering background,” Svider said. “An MBA from one of the top programs in the US helped me gain access to the most attractive private equity jobs after graduation—my Booth degree was an ideal stepping stone, an entry ticket to my ideal career,” he added. “I hope the gift will enable Booth to attract top students in this academic specialty and make other Booth alumni consider doing the same.”
At BC Partners, Svider has participated and led investments in a number of sectors, including TMT, health care, industrials, business services, consumer, and retail. He is currently executive chairman of PetSmart and chairman of the board of Accudyne Industries, and he also serves on the boards of Intelsat (NYSE "I"), Altice USA (NYSE “ATUS”), and Teneo Global. He previously served as a director of Office Depot, Multiplan, Unity Media, Neuf Cegetel, Polyconcept, Neopost, Nutreco, UTL, and Chantemur.