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Molly Gillis

Principal

“We strive to make the journey easier for people with great ideas and the ambition to pursue them. Working with entrepreneurs and operators is a privilege; we honor what they do, and we respect the creative process of building businesses.”

My role at General Catalyst is leading the day-to-day operations of our Executive-in-Residence (XIR) program, including our sourcing strategy, recruiting, marketing and serving as a liaison between XIRs and the General Catalyst ecosystem.

I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to create and define this position, which has been a theme of my work for General Catalyst. I originally joined the firm to run investor relations, marketing, PR and internal communications just after we raised our first institutional fund, when the founders and early employees were establishing how the firm would operate and what it would become.

After six years as General Catalyst’s vice president of communications, I joined BBN Technologies, a General Catalyst portfolio company. As executive officer at BBN, I focused on business strategy and operations and worked with the Board of Directors and management team to consummate the sale of the company to Raytheon, where I co-led integration post-acquisition. After that, I was executive director of development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where, as part of the development leadership team, I ran operations, board relations, events, annual giving and internal communications. Just before rejoining General Catalyst, I rebranded Leerink Partners, a healthcare investment bank, where I led marketing, PR and internal communications. I was delighted when General Catalyst asked me to come back to run the XIR program. In this role, I have the privilege of working with entrepreneurs and world-class operators every day to ensure that they have access to the resources and tools they need to build their vision into transformational businesses.

I’m originally from Los Angeles, and came east to study creative writing at Emerson College where I earned my M.A. in publishing. I’m an avid reader and still write in my spare time – when I’m not daydreaming about surviving the Zombie Apocalypse (I’m a huge fan of the Walking Dead), goofing off with my two young sons, cooking big dinners (I love food) or hiking with our dog in the woods behind our home just outside of Boston.