Celtics Co-Owner on Basketball, Business and Changing the Game

Davidson College Innovation & Entrepreneurship hosted a conversation with Steve Pagliuca, managing director at Bain Capital and co-owner of the NBA's Boston Celtics. Pagliuca shared his insights about basketball, business and changing the game as part of the college's Nisbet Entrepreneurship Lecture Series.



At the Celtics, as a managing partner and chairman of the basketball committee, Pagliuca has focused on enhancing the development and improvement of the Celtics basketball operations. He also serves as a member of the NBA Board of Governors and the NBA Competition Committee.

Pagliuca currently is also a managing director of Bain Capital. He has helped build Bain Capital into a leading global private equity firm with approximately $80 billion capital under management. Pagliuca joined Bain Capital in 1989. Previously, he was a partner at Bain & Company, where he managed client relationships in the information services and healthcare industries. Pagliuca also was involved in developing Bain & Company's turnaround practice. Prior to Bain Capital, Pagliuca worked as a senior accountant and international tax specialist at Peat Marwick Mitchell & Company in the Netherlands.

Pagliuca is the chairman of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, chairman of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, co-chair of the Inner City Scholarship Fund and serves on the international board of The Right To Play, a worldwide children's development group that utilizes Olympic athletes to promote children's health and safety. He is also a trustee of the Bain Capital Children's Charity. He has been active in youth basketball from kindergarten to the AAU level.

Pagliuca earned a bachelor's degree from Duke University, where he also played freshman basketball, and master of business administration degree from the Harvard Business School.


Read Pagliuca's reflections on leadership, sports and life on his blog.



  • March 14, 2017