Rich Lawson is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of HGGC. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, HGGC is a leading private equity firm with over $5.5 billion in cumulative capital commitments and manages portfolio companies that employ more than 69,000 employees globally. Mr. Lawson 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, Mr. Lawson has overseen over 290 completed transactions representing more than $38 billion in aggregate transaction value.
Mr. Lawson 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, Mr. Lawson 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.
Mr. Lawson received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.