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Bill Stephenson Reflects on an Extraordinary Career

Date: Sep 03, 2021 @ 07:00 AM

Following the announcement of his retirement at the end of 2021, Bill Stephenson, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, DLL speaks with Michael Toglia, Publisher of Equipment Finance Advisor about his highly successful career in the equipment finance industry. In this up close and personal interview, Bill provides his perspectives on successful leadership, the importance of developing the next generation of diverse leaders, why creating a strong company culture is critical to long-term success, and the importance of striving to meet customers’ needs.



William F. Stephenson
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board | DLL
Bill Stephenson was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board of DLL in June 2014. He is responsible for the implementation of the company’s strategic plans, which enable DLL to deliver integrated financial solutions to manufacturers and distribution partners in more than 35 countries around the world. Under Stephenson’s leadership, DLL has sharpened its focus on its core vendor finance business in eight key industry sectors: Food, Agriculture, Office Technology, Construction, Transportation, Industrial, Healthcare and Clean Technology.

Since joining DLL in 1987, Stephenson has held several leadership positions and played an integral role in the emergence of DLL as a global market leader within the vendor finance and equipment leasing industry. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Stephenson served as Chief Commercial Officer and a member of the Executive Board, responsible for the commercial strategy across all business lines.

In 2016, Stephenson served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA). Throughout his career, he has been an active participant in several ELFA committees and is a former member of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Stephenson is a recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Leasing Life magazine and was named to the Leasing Life “Power 50” list, which details the most influential people in the European leasing and asset finance market.

With over 25 years of vendor finance experience, Stephenson is a recognized industry expert. He is a strong advocate for corporate social responsibility and a frequent speaker at industry assemblies throughout the world. Stephenson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Florida State University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. In 2016, he was inducted into the Florida State University College of Business Hall of Fame.
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