Kristin Mugford is the Melvin Tukman Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in the Finance Unit at the Harvard Business School. She currently teaches "Creating Value through Corporate Restructuring", a popular elective course that analyzes how economic stress and restructuring creates challenges and opportunities for businesses and their stakeholders. She previously taught "Venture Capital and Private Equity", an elective course that explores the private equity industry in the United States and abroad.
In 2013 Kristin retired from her position as Managing Director of Bain Capital, one of the world's leading private investment firms. Bain Capital and its affiliated advisors manage over $75 billion and make private equity, public equity, fixed income and credit, venture capital, and absolute return investments across multiple geographies and industries.
Kristin joined Bain Capital's private equity business in 1994 and at the age of 32, became the first female Managing Director in the firm's history. Kristin helped start Sankaty Advisors, Bain Capital's credit affiliate, and prior to her retirement was responsible for the oversight of Sankaty’s high yield investments and a senior member of Sankaty's management team and investment committee. Sankaty is one of the leading corporate and distressed debt managers, managing over $26 billion with 230 employees in seven offices on four continents. Kristin is currently a Senior Director of the firm.
Kristin began her career at the Walt Disney Company, where she worked in corporate strategic planning and the consumer products division. She graduated from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar and holds an AB with honors from Harvard College.