Mr. Lawson is Chief Executive Officer, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of HGGC. Based in Palo Alto, California, HGGC is a leading private equity firm with over $2.4 billion in cumulative capital commitments and oversees portfolio companies that employ more than 43,000 employees globally. Over its history, HGGC has completed platform investments, add-on acquisitions, recapitalizations and liquidity events with an aggregate transaction value of nearly $10 billion.
He is a member of the firm’s Executive and Policy and Investment Committees and serves or has served as Chairman of the Board of HGGC portfolio companies Survey Sampling International, Serena Software, AutoAlert, MyWebGrocer, Hybris Software, Innovative Interfaces, SkyRiver Technology Solutions, iCongo and Sunquest Information Systems. He also serves as a director on the boards of the Capital Impact Foundation, San Francisco Zoological Society, Wasatch Adaptive Sports and the Forever Young Foundation, an 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 forming HGGC, Mr. Lawson was Co-Founder and Managing Director of middle market private equity firm Sorenson Capital, President and Chief Executive Officer of enterprise software company Found, Inc. and worked for Morgan Stanley in the New York and Tokyo, Japan, offices as a member of the Corporate Finance and Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring Departments.
Mr. Lawson received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Amherst College.