Gilbert H. Lamphere
Board of Directors
Gilbert H. Lamphere graduated from Princeton University (1974) with an A.B. in Economics (Honors) and from Harvard Business School (1976) (Baker Scholar, Loeb Rhoades Fellow finance prize).
After working for five years at Morgan Stanley & Co. where he was a Vice President in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department, Mr. Lamphere headed 5 investment partnerships, which specialized in buy-outs of medium-sized companies. Mr. Lamphere was a Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors of The Fremont Group (San Francisco), a diversified investment company with over $9 billion of assets under management. He also co-headed the raising and management of Fremont Partners’ $605 million private equity fund. Mr. Lamphere left Fremont to launch Lamphere Capital Management. He is currently Chairman and a partner of FlatWorld Capital, a private equity firm. He has been in private equity since 1981 with a 62% annualized rate of return (audited) through 1998 and an 18.0% annualized return on non-private equity capital from 1998-2012.
Mr. Lamphere was (from 2007-2015) a director of CSX Corporation ($35 billion Class 1 U.S. railroad). From 1998-2005 he was on the board of directors and Chairman of the Finance Committee of Canadian National Railway (a $35 billion transcontinental Canadian railroad). He was Chairman of three publicly traded companies including the Illinois Central Corporation (2,700-mile Class I railroad from Chicago to New Orleans), Carlyle Industries, Inc. (industrial materials), and Recognition International, Inc. (optical character recognition systems). Mr. Lamphere has also served as a director of several other public companies including, Florida East Coast Industries (a Florida based railroad and real estate company), Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., R. P. Scherer Corporation, Global Natural Resources Corporation, Sylvan, Inc., Lincoln Snacks Company, Simmons Outdoor Corporation, and Children’s Discovery Centers of America, Inc.
He is also a past member of the Board of Overseers of the Harvard Business School, a Trustee of the New York City Parks Foundation, and President of the Board of Trustees of Deerfield Academy (Massachusetts), The Nightingale-Bamford School (New York), and The Hamlin School (San Francisco). Mr. Lamphere was Co-Chair of Princeton University’s Development Leadership Council. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Psychiatric Department (Baltimore, Md.)
Mr. Lamphere is a member of The River Club (New York), The Links (New York), Mill Reef Club (Antigua), Seminole Golf Club (Juno Beach, Florida) and Jupiter Island Club (Hobe Sound, Florida).
The Lamphere’s have three daughters, Louise, Helen and Ashley, ages 32, 30 and 22 and a son Gil, Jr., age 26.