William J. Kneisel

  • Retired Managing Director – Morgan Stanley

William J. Kneisel is a retired investment banker with over 30 years of experience at Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated. After taking responsibility for the firm’s U.S. underwriting activities in 1978, he successively became head of U.S. debt origination, European investment banking and worldwide equity capital markets. On two occasions (in 1978 and 1992) during Morgan Stanley’s transition from a private investment bank to a global securities firm, Mr. Kneisel organized the development and adoption of a comprehensive business-wide strategic plan. Mr. Kneisel has been actively involved in fund raising for colleges and schools including Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, The Taft School, Hopkins School, and Harvard Business School. Most recently, Mr. Kneisel served as President of the Hopkins School Committee of Trustees.

Mr. Kneisel graduated from Harvard Business School in 1974, magna cum laude and as a George F. Baker Scholar. He earned his BA at Dartmouth College.