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Renbrook School 2020-2021 Distinguished Alumnus Putnam Coes ’80

R. Putnam Coes III ’80

April 2021 – R. Putnam Coes ’80 is a member of the Class of 1980. After Renbrook, he graduated from Brooks School and then Trinity College. After graduating from Trinity, Putnam spent four years in Washington, DC, working for President George H. W. Bush. He then attended the Yale School of Management, where he earned an MBA, and later Harvard Business School.

Putnam spent eight years at Morgan Stanley & Company as Director of Strategy and as Chief Operating Officer of several of its businesses. In 2006, he left Morgan Stanley to become a partner at Paulson & Company, a large hedge fund, where he spent ten years through 2016. He is currently chairman of Motley Fool Investments and is a partner in a private equity firm, LL Funds, in Philadelphia, PA.

Putnam served on Renbrook’s Board of Trustees from 2005 until 2013, and he currently serves as a Renbrook School Corporator. In addition, Putnam has served on the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees since 2007, acting as Committee Chair since 2013. Putnam lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Amy and two daughters. Piper attended Milton Academy and Germantown Friends School and is a freshman at the University of Virginia, and Persi is finishing her eighth-grade year at Germantown Friends.