He was Managing Director of Salomon Brothers, where he founded its West Coast Corporate Finance Department and served on its national Corporate Finance Administrative Committee. From 1984 to 1997, he served as Founding Partner of Hellman & Friedman, an investment company. Since 1997, he has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Friedman Fleischer & Lowe, a private equity firm. He sits on the Board of Directors of Clorox, Kool Smiles, NCDR, Church's Chicken, Cajun Operating Company, Archimedes Technology, DPMS Panther Arms. He previously served on the Boards of CapitalSource, Levi Strauss & Co., Mattel, and McKesson Corporation.
He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Enterprise Institute. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Telluride Foundation in Telluride, Colorado. He is a former President of the San Francisco Opera Association and Chairman of Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center.
- Bloomerg BusinessWeek
- Friedman Fleischer & Lowe biography
- Clorox Board of Directors biography
- American Enterprise Institute Board of Trustees
- Telluride Foundation Board of Directors
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