Jim Lawrence joined Rothschild North America in June 2010 as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Head of Global Investment Banking. Prior to joining Rothschild, he was at Unilever from 2007 as Chief Financial Officer and as executive director on the Boards of Unilever NV and PLC. Prior to that, he was at General Mills from 1998 to 2007 as Chief Financial Officer. Jim Lawrence was also responsible for the company’s international business. On June 1, 2006, he was elected Vice Chairman of General Mills. Prior to joining General Mills, he held positions as Executive Vice President of Northwest Airlines and President and CEO of Pepsi-Cola Asia, Middle East, Africa. He was Co-founder and Chairman of The LEK Partnership, a corporate strategy and merger/acquisition consulting firm headquartered in London. Previously, he was a Partner of Bain and Company and headed their London and Munich offices. Jim Lawrence serves as a non-executive director on the Board of British Airways and is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. He has served since 1990 on 14 public company boards. Jim Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Yale University, and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.


Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board


Former Director and Member of Audit & Compliance Committee

British Airways Plc

Former Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer

General Mills, Inc.


Allina Health System, Inc.


University of Minnesota Foundation

Director and Member of Audit & Compliance Committee

International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A.

2000 - N/A

Former Director

Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

2003 - N/A

Former Director

The St. Paul Companies, Inc.

2004 - N/A

Former Director

Apple Inc.

2004 - 2005

Former Director and Member of Risk Committee

The Travelers Companies, Inc.

2006 - 2007

Former Director

Physicians Formula Holdings Inc.

2008 - 2009

Former Chief Financial Officer

Unilever PLC

2008 - 2009

Former Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director

Unilever NV

2011- Present

Director, Member of Compensation Committee and Member of Finance Committee

Avnet Inc.