David Panton is a partner and co-founder of Navigation Capital Partners. David is the board chairman of Atlanta-based Brown Trucking, a transportation and logistics services provider. He also serves on the board of Dallas-based Exeter Finance, a specialty auto finance company; Chicago-based Prepaid Solutions, a payments solutions provider; and Atlanta-based Secureworks, an Internet security firm.
Prior to Navigation Capital Partners, David was a vice president at Mellon Ventures, a $1.4 billion private equity firm affiliated with Mellon Financial Corporation, where he focused on long-term growth capital investments and buyouts. David was also managing director of a private equity fund management firm targeting investments in the Caribbean and Latin America. David concentrated on mergers and acquisitions in Latin America while an associate at Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York.
David received a Doctorate in management studies from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review, and a Bachelor of Arts in public policy from Princeton University.
David is a member of the Southern 7 Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. Additionally, David has previously served as a senator in the Upper House of Parliament in Jamaica. Born and raised in Jamaica, David resides in Atlanta.