Candace Straight is a private investor and independent director. Throughout her successful career she has worked for numerous corporations including Merck & Co. Inc., and Bankers Trust Company. Straight has also served as a principal of Head and Partners and as an Advisory Director of Securitas Capital, L.L.C., a global private equity investment firm specializing in insurance and financial services related industries.
Candace Straight is a director of Neuberger and Berman’s mutual funds, which have assets of approximately $40 billion. She is also the Executive Producer of “Equity,” an independent film starring two-time Emmy winner (“Breaking Bad”) Anna Gunn. “Equity” is the first female-driven Wall Street film with Gunn playing a senior investment banker threatened by financial scandal. The film premiered January 26, 2016 at the Sundance film festival and was purchased by Sony Pictures Classics. “Equity” was released in theaters on July 29, 2016.
Recently, Straight invested in the movie “Egg” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 2, 2018. The film stars Alysia Reiner (“Equity” and “Orange is the New Black”), Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Anna Camp (“Pitch Perfect”), Gbenga Akinnagbe (“Detroit” and “The Deuce”) and David Alan Basche (“Equity”).
“Egg,” a satire about two couples and a surrogate lays bare the complications, contradictions, heartbreak and absurdities implicit in how we think about motherhood.
Last summer Straight executive produced the movie “The Pages,” a political thriller staring Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter. The movie is expected to be released later in 2018.
Straight was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to the Board of Governors of Rutgers University, serving a five-year term from 2011 through December 2016. She served as Chair of the Audit Committee from 2013-2016.
From 2004 to 2008, Straight served as a director of National Atlantic Holdings Corporation and its subsidiary Proformance Insurance, a New Jersey based personal and commercial lines insurance company, and, from 2006 to July 2015, Straight served as a director of Montpelier Re, a Bermuda based property and casualty reinsurer which was sold to Endurance Specialty in 2015.
From 1987 to 1997, Straight was a principal of Head and Partners, a merchant banking firm specializing in the insurance industry. The Head Group acquired numerous companies including Integon Corporation, Sphere Drake, Marketing One, and Anglo American. Straight was President of Integon Corporation from 1990 to 1992 and served as a director until 1995. Straight also served as a Director of Integon Life, Marketing One, and Drake Holdings.
In 1982, Straight was appointed by Governor Thomas Kean to be a Trustee of the Public Employees Retirement System of the State of New Jersey, serving until 1988. Straight was Co-Chair of Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s Budget Advisory Committee and served on Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Budget Transition Team.
In 1994 Straight was appointed by Governor Whitman to the Board of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (“NJSEA”), serving until 2003. Straight was Vice Chairman of the NJSEA from 1996 to January 2002. She also served on Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Private/Public Initiatives Council and is a former trustee of the New Jersey Network Foundation and a past President of the Financial Women’s Association of New York. From 1982 to 1990, Straight was a Trustee of Wilson College, and Chairman of the College’s Investment Committee. Straight was named trustee emeritus in 2006.
Straight is a graduate of Bloomfield High School. She received her B.A. from Wilson College and her M.B.A. from New York University. In June 1994, Wilson College awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Straight.