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Kristin W. Mugford

Melvin Tukman Senior Lecturer of Business Administration; Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community





Kristin Mugford is the Melvin Tukman Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in the Finance Unit at the Harvard Business School and the Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community. She previously served as Faculty Chair for field-based learning and co-curricular programs in the MBA program. For the last decade she taught “Creating Value through Corporate Restructuring,” a popular advanced finance elective that analyzes how economic stress and restructuring creates challenges and opportunities for businesses and their stakeholders. She has also taught Venture Capital and Private Equity, and the FIELD Global Immersion. Kristin received the HBS Student Association Faculty Teaching Award multiple times, the Charles M. Williams Award for teaching excellence, the Robert F. Greenhill Award, and the Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching.

Kristin retired in 2013 as a Managing Director and partner at Bain Capital, one of the world's leading alternative investment firms, after nearly 20 years as a private equity and credit investor. During that time she held a number of senior leadership roles and became the first female partner in the firms history. Kristin helped start Bain Capital Credit (founded as Sankaty Advisors), and prior to her retirement was responsible for the oversight of their high yield investments and a senior member of Bain Capital Credit's management team and investment committee. Bain Capital Credit is one of the leading corporate and distressed debt managers, managing over $40 billion in offices around the world. 

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. 

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