Chairman of Rothschild North America
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.