Richard A. Sun, founder and owner of Sun & Co., has been elected chairman of the Innovate Mississippi Board of Directors.
Sun, of Jackson, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and a Masters of Business Administration from New York University. He has also earned the esteemed designation as a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has served as an investor, adviser, senior executive or board member in over 30 startup and early stage high-potential companies. Additionally, Sun was a banker for 22 years with Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank), Goldman Sachs, First Boston (now Credit Suisse) and UBS (once Swiss Bank Corporation). From 1994 to 2001, he was a private equity investor with Emerging Markets Partnership, a $6 billion firm backed by AIG and the Government of Singapore. He has arranged, advised on or made over $11 billion of private debt and equity investments.
The Innovate Mississippi Board of Directors is made up of private sector CEOs, innovation and technology entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Representing the Board’s public sector are the presidents of Mississippi’s four research universities — Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, the University of Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi.