Lowell W. Robinson
Board of Governors
Mr. Robinson is a highly regarded executive with thirty years of senior global strategic, financial, M&A, operational, turnaround and governance experience at both Fortune 100 consumer products, retail and diversified financial services ( Kraft, Jones Apparel and Citigroup); and high growth companies in technology, software services and media/digital (Valassis/Advo, PRT Group, HotJobs/YAHOO! and MIVA). He has been CFO and COO of several NYSE and Nasdaq companies, where shareholder value was significantly increased. In addition, he has served on over seven public boards has chaired audit, compensation, transaction, special committees of the board and has served as Chairman. He has chaired five audit committees and is a financial expert. In addition, he has been on two post C-11 boards as well as activist situations.
Mr. Robinson is currently on the public board of Aratana Therapeutics (PETX) and until recently, EVINE/ShopHQ ( 2014-2018), a $700 million home shopping/omnichannel company, where he was Chairman of the Audit Committee and on the Finance Committee. . He was on the board of The Jones Group, formerly Jones Apparel ($5 billion NYSE Fortune 200 global fashion, apparel and retail company) from 2005-2014 where he was Chairman of the Audit Committee and on the Compensation Committee; on the board of HigherOne, a fintech education services company (2014-2016) where he Chaired the audit Committee and was on the Risk Management Committee,which was sold for a significant premium to market; Chairman of two GE Capital companies in media, publishing and digital (2010-2014); chaired the Audit Committee of International Wire Group ($1.5 billion Nasdaq) from 2003-2009; Chaired the Compensation Committee of Independent Wireless One (2004-2005); and on the board of Edison Schools which went private in 2004. In the latter capacity, he chaired both the Audit Committee and Special Independent Committee of the Board in the CEO’s management buyout, where they achieved a 78% premium to market.
He was CFO/COO of MIVA (2006-2009) a Nasdaq digital marketing company sold to Adknowledge ; was recruited by Lazard as CFO/ CAO of HotJobs, which was sold to YAHOO! for $500 million (2000-2002); was CFO/CAO of PRT Group , a software services technology company that he took public (1997-1999); and was CFO /CAO of Valassis/Advo Inc., a $2 billion Fortune 500 NYSE direct marketing company controlled by Warburg Pincus (1994-1997). Shareholder value was increased 300% through operational and balance sheet initiatives, in addition to paying a $10 special dividend.
Previously, Mr. Robinson held senior financial positions with CITIGROUP (1986-1993) as CFO for The Travelers Life and Health Insurance businesses ($5 billion revenues and 12,000 people), CFO for Citigroup’s Global Insurance Division, and Controller/CFO for all global consumer and retail businesses including retail banking and credit cards ($6 billion in revenues with 70 businesses in 42 countries and 25,000 people); Mars Inc. (1983-1986).; and Kraft/General Foods.
He earned a MBA in Finance from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from The University of Wisconsin. He is on the boards of the New York Academy of Sciences and The Council for Economic Education. Previously he served on The Metropolitan Opera Guild Board (2013-2016); the Smithsonian Libraries Board (2012-2017) and the Board of Directors of the University of Wisconsin School of Business (2006-2010) where he ran their Director’s Summit and is currently on the Advisory Board for their Department of Economics. In 2018, he gave the commencement address for the Economics Department at Wisconsin. He is a member of The Economic Club of New York.