Rick Willett, MBA
Senior Industry Executive
Rick Willett joined WCAS in 2014 as a senior industry executive. He focuses on investments in the information/business services sector with an emphasis on health care information technology. He has over 12 years of experience as a CEO or COO of 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 health care professionals. Prior to Ascend Learning, he was the CEO of NewPage, a $4 billion manufacturing company and the COO of Teleglobe, a $1.2 billion 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. Rick holds a master's degree from the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.