Bruce Haymes is responsible for coordinating Northeastern’s connections with innovative companies and organizations around the world and developing strategies to forge new partnerships that broaden the university’s global reach in learning and research.
Haymes came to the university from Nielsen Ventures, where he served as managing director and led Nielsen Innovate, the company’s startup investment and innovation platform based in Israel.
He held a number of positions with Nielsen, including senior vice president of corporate development and mergers and acquisitions, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing transactions totaling more than $200 million per year.
Prior to Nielsen, Haymes operated Coleytown Media Advisors, a strategic consultancy that supported major private equity and hedge funds on investments and strategic transactions. Haymes also held executive positions with Time Warner Cable and with the global satellite carrier PanAmSat Corporation, a subsidiary of DirecTV.
An attorney, Haymes started his career practicing corporate finance law at leading law firms in New York, including Chadbourne & Parke and Morrison & Foerster.
He serves on the board of directors or advisory board of Nielsen Innovate, Sweetwood Capital, and CircleUp Ventures; is a member of the Society of Industry Professionals and the Gerson Lehrman Group of industry experts; and a mentor at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator in New York.
Haymes is the author of multiple articles discussing the relationship between startups and large companies, including The Corporate Strategy Conundrum: What to Do About the Startups.
He is a member of both the New York and New Jersey Bar Associations. He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and earned a JD with honors from The George Washington University Law School.