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Peter D. Goodson - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

Peter D. Goodson Peter D. Goodson

Distinguished Teaching Fellow | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley


International thought leader on private equity, mergers & acquisitions, operational value creation, and corporate governance

Areas of Expertise (6)

Private Equity

Mergers & Acquisitions

Value Creation Through Innovation and Operational Improvements

Corporate Governance

Effective Leadership

Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets


Peter Goodson is a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the Haas School of Business and a pioneer in the private equity discipline. He was an early stage partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), one of the first management buyout firms. CD&R has purchased and transformed performance at over 70 companies worth more than $100 billion over the last 40 years.

Retired from private equity business ownership, Goodson's teaching includes M&A: Lessons in Value Creation; High Tech M&A: Strategy, Valuation, and Execution; Turnarounds: Effective Leadership in Crisis; Private Equity: Leadership in Creating Value; and Emerging Market Private Equity Value Creation. He has been awarded the Berkeley Haas Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching three times. He researches corporate valuation in business combinations; success indicators in merger and acquisitions; value creation through innovation and operational improvements; attribution of PE value creation; family owned businesses’ factors for success; best practices in governance in emerging markets; activist investors’ value creation; evaluation and negotiation in emerging markets; and creating differentiation value in private equity firms.

Goodson also holds the position of Distinguished Fellow at INSEAD in its Global Private Equity Initiative and the Emerging Market Institute sponsored by the Singaporean Government. He was elected a Senior Fellow of Dartmouth’s Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship. He has also taught and lectured at INSEAD, Tuck, NYU Stern, Wharton, Columbia and Stanford Business schools.

Before joining CD&R, Goodson was a Managing Director at Kidder, Peabody, where he founded the M&A Group in 1972 at the age of 26. He continues to be one of the foremost experts in seller advantaged exits and has led hundreds of business combination assignments. He is the founder of Goodson & Associates LLC, a boutique consulting firm focused on providing strategic and financial advice on mergers, acquisitions, sales, divestitures and private equity business development. An adventurer with his own capital and endless curiosity, Goodson is presently assisting a number of emerging market private equity firms in developing operational capabilities to improve portfolio performance and investment returns.



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Education (1)

Stanford University: BA, Business

Honors & Awards (2)

Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Evening & Weekend MBA Program

2009-2010, 2010-2011

Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program


Selected External Service & Affiliations (3)

  • 2016 - present, Distinguished Fellow, INSEAD Emerging Market Institute (Sponsored by the Singaporean Government)
  • 2010 - present, Distinguished Fellow, INSEAD Global Private Equity Initiative
  • 2008 - present, Fellow, Tuck School of Business, Entrepreneurial and Private Equity Center

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 2004

2004 - present, Lecturer (Continuing) and Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Haas School of Business 2010 - present, Director, Tata Group, India (member of the Tata TCGF Advisory Board) 2000 - present, Managing Partner, Goodson & Associates, LLC, Monterey, California 1994 - present, Advisor, Dubilier & Company, New York City 1994 - 2003, Adjunct Professor, Columbia Business School 1993 - 1996, Adjunct Professor, Stern School of Business, New York University 1988 - 1993, Partner, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R)

Selected Papers & Publications (3)

Private Equity Achieves Returns through Operating Improvements: CD&R's Acquisition and Turnaround of Hertz

INSEAD Case Study

Claudia Zeisberger, Peter Goodson, Kimberly McGinnis, Dickson L. Louie, and Nicholas Shannahan

April 2018

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Differentiation Beyond Price: CD&R’s Strategy in Acquiring Hussmann

INSEAD Case Study

Peter Goodson, Kimberly McGinnis, and Claudia Zeisberger

January 2017

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PE in Emerging Markets: Can Mekong Capital's Operating Advantage Boost the Value in its Exit from Golden Gate Restaurants?

INSEAD Case Study

Claudia Zeisberger, Peter Goodson, and Kimberly McGinnis

April 2016

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Teaching (1)

MBA Courses

M&A: Lessons in Value Creation Turnarounds: Effective Leadership in Crisis M&A: High Tech M&A: Strategy, Valuation and Execution Private Equity: Leadership in Creating Value Management Negotiations.