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Alan is a General Partner at Polaris Partners, a venture and growth capital firm. He joined in 2000 and served as Managing General Partner (2000-2010). He leads investments in ecommerce (LegalZoom, Art.com), digital media, financial services (Focus Financial Partners), and distance learning.

Prior to Polaris, Alan served as President and Board member of The Washington Post Company, a multimedia and education corporation. There he also led investments in a successful portfolio of early stage companies in cellular (Cellular One), distance learning (Kaplan), digital media (washingtonpost.com, WebTV) and e-commerce (Cars.com). Alan began his career at The Boston Consulting Group.

Current outside Board seats include Danaher Corporation (DHR) and IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI). In his not-for-profit activities, Alan is Regent Emeritus and former Vice Chairman of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents. He is a member of the MIT Corporation and serves as a board member at edX.org. Alan’s prior business board service included Getty Images, Human Genome Sciences, Inc., Ticketmaster, IDG, and American Management Systems, Inc.

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Alan spoon Alan is a General Partner at Polaris Partners, a venture and growth capital firm. He joined in 2000 and served as Managing General Partner (2000-2010). He leads investments in

Alan G. Spoon

Alan G. Spoon has served as Fortive’s Chairman of the Board since 2016. In addition, Mr. Spoon served as a Partner of Polaris Partners, a company that invests in private technology and life science firms, from 2000 to 2018, including as Managing General Partner from 2000 to 2010 and as Partner Emeritus from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Spoon is also a member of the board of directors of each of Danaher Corporation, IAC/InterActiveCorp., Match Group, Inc. and Cable One, Inc. In addition to his prior leadership role at Polaris Partners, Mr. Spoon previously served as president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of one of the country’s largest, publicly-traded education and media companies, and has served on the boards of numerous public and private companies.

Mr. Spoon’s public and private company leadership experience gives him insight into business strategy, leadership, marketing, finance, corporate governance, executive compensation and board management. His public company and private equity experience gives him insight into trends in the internet and technology industries, acquisition strategy, and financing, each of which represents an area of key strategic opportunity for Fortive.

Alan G. Spoon has served as Fortive’s Chairman of the Board since 2016. In addition, Mr. Spoon served as a Partner of Polaris Partners, a company that invests in private technology and life science firms, from 2000 to 2018, including as Managing General Partner from 2000 to 2010 and as Partner Emeritus from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Spoon is also a member of the board of directors of each of Danaher Corporation, IAC/InterActiveCorp., Match Group, Inc. and Cable One, Inc. In addition to his prior leadership role at Polaris Partners, Mr. Spoon previously served as president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of one of the country’s largest, publicly-traded education and media companies, and has served on the boards of numerous public and private companies. Mr. Spoon's public and private company leadership experience gives him insight into business strategy, leadership, marketing, finance, corporate governance, executive compensation and board management. His public company and private equity experience gives him insight into trends in the internet and technology industries, acquisition strategy, and financing, each of which represents an area of key strategic opportunity for Fortive.