Dan Patt

Executive Advisor

Joined Thomas H. Lee Partners in 2019.

Dr. Patt is an executive advisor to Thomas H. Lee Partners.  He brings over fifteen years of operating and technology growth strategy experience with a proven track record of synthesizing strategic insights with results-focused execution.  Dr. Patt has provided leadership in a number of different roles including CEO, Chief Strategist, Co-Founder and Deputy Director.

In addition to his role at Thomas H. Lee Partners, Dr. Patt supports business and technology strategy for STR, an artificial intelligence and cyber security company.  Prior to that role, he was the Co-Founder and CEO of Vecna Robotics, a VC-backed workflow orchestration and material movement robotics company based in Waltham, Massachusetts.  Dr. Patt also served as Deputy Director for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Strategic Technology Office (STO), managing nearly $500 million in annual technology investments in networking, communications, and artificial intelligence.  He oversaw and enabled the maturation of technology from conceptual and seed stage levels all the way through successful operational, financial, technology, and commercial transitions. He joined DARPA in 2012 as a program manager in the Tactical Technology Office (TTO), working primarily in autonomy and robotics.  Dr. Patt previously worked at Karem Aircraft and The Boeing Company in automated flight control, machine perception and unmanned vehicles.

Dr. Patt holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Horace H. Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Systems Engineering and a B.S. from the University of Michigan.


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