Paul G. Stern served as Chairman of Claris Capital since 2004. Dr Stern is co-founder and Partner of Arlington Capital Partners and Arlington Capital Partners LLP. He co-founded Thayer Capital Partners LLP. He served as a Special Limited Partner of Forstmann Little & Co, a private investment firm. Dr. Stern served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Northern Telecom Ltd., now known as Nortel Networks. At Burroughs Corporation (later renamed Unisys) Dr. Stern served as President, and Chief Operating Officer.
Dr. Stern's numerous board affiliations included Varian Associates, Apple, LTV, Clark Equipment, and ManTech International. He was the presiding director of Dow Chemical Corp. Board and chaired the audit, corporate governance and nominating committees. As a director of Whirlpool Corporation he chaired the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Dr. Stern served as treasurer of the john F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He also chaired the Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra and served on the Executive Committee of the Washington Performing Arts Society. He currently serves on the Board of the Washington National Opera, is Commissioner of the National Portrait gallery, member of the Executive Committee of the National Symphony Orchestra as well as Business Executives for National Security. He is a member of the Potomac Officers Club and the Council for Foreign Relations. Dr. Stern received a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Manchester in England. He was a member of the James Madison Council from 1992-2005, and was re-elected to The Library of Congress in 2014.