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Rich Lawson is a Partner, the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of HGGC
Rich Lawson is a Partner, the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of HGGC. Rich is a member of HGGC’s Management Committee, Investment Committee and Valuation Committee. He has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its formation and directs the firm’s strategy and investment decisions, governance and investor relations. Since HGGC’s inception, Rich has overseen over 600 completed transactions representing more than $71 billion in aggregate transaction value.
Rich is Chairman of Pathfinder Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition vehicle backed by affiliates of HGGC and Industry Ventures and also serves as a director, chairman emeritus or trustee of several philanthropic and cultural institutions including the Capital Impact Foundation, San Francisco Zoo, Wasatch Adaptive Sports and the Forever Young Foundation, the organization that is a primary benefactor of HGGC's carried interest proceeds used to support extensive philanthropic work in children's causes around the world.
Prior to leading HGGC, Rich established predecessor private equity funds Huntsman Gay Capital Partners in 2007 with industrialist Jon M. Huntsman and Robert C. Gay, as well as Sorenson Capital in 2002 with medical products pioneer James LeVoy Sorenson. Mr. Lawson also worked at Morgan Stanley in its mergers and acquisitions department and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of enterprise software company Found, Inc.
- Role Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
- Joined Inception
- Education M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Amherst College