Management Team

The Global IPO Fund has been managed since inception in 1998 by two founders of Renaissance Capital. This management team has extensive experience in investment management, equity research and corporate finance. They are supported by Renaissance Capital’s proprietary IPO research group.

Linda R. Killian

Co-Founder, CIO and Portfolio Manager

Linda Killian

Linda R. Killian has nearly three decades of investment management and equity research experience. Linda is Chief Investment Officer and responsible for the management of the Global IPO Fund's portfolio. Prior to founding Renaissance Capital, she was a portfolio manager and analyst with Citicorp Investment Management and Wertheim Schroder. Ms. Killian earned an MBA from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and a BA from New York University, where she was designated an Outstanding Scholar. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the Stamford CFA Society.

William K. Smith

Co-Founder, CEO and Head Trader

William Smith

William K. Smith is the Chief Executive Officer, President and Co-Founder of Renaissance Capital. He was a senior investment banking officer with Kidder Peabody and Bear Stearns, and a management consultant for Booz Allen and Touche Ross. He authored two books: Strategic Growth Through Mergers and Acquisitions (Prentice Hall) and IPOs for Everyone (John Wiley & Sons). Mr. Smith has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University.