Philip Lader

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Philip Lader
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United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
In office
September 22, 1997 – February 28, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded byWilliam J. Crowe
Succeeded byWilliam Stamps Farish III
19th Administrator of the Small Business Administration
In office
October 8, 1994 – February 18, 1997
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byErskine Bowles
Succeeded byAída Álvarez
Personal details
Born (1946-03-17) March 17, 1946 (age 75)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Linda LeSourd
Children2 daughters
EducationDuke University (BA)
University of Michigan (MA)
Pembroke College, Oxford
Harvard University (JD)

Philip Lader (born March 17, 1946), is an American retired government employee, businessman, and diplomat.

As a senior adviser to Morgan Stanley, he has served on several of its investment committees and boards of its private equity portfolio companies (including Songbird plc/Canary Wharf), in addition to investment banking responsibilities. He is also an adviser to Palantir Technologies, the Silicon Valley "big data" firm, and Partner Emeritus in the Nelson Mullins law firm.

Ambassador Lader serves, or has served, on the boards of RAND Corporation (formerly Vice Chairman), AMC Entertainment, Lloyds of London, Marathon Oil, AES Corporation (the global power company), UC Rusal, Duck Creek Technologies, and Minerva Corporations, the British Museum, American Red Cross, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, St. Paul's Cathedral Foundation and Bankinter Foundation for Innovation.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Honorary Fellow of London Business School and Oxford University's Pembroke College, and an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple (British Inns of Court).

In 1981, he and his wife, Linda LeSourd Lader, founded Renaissance Weekends, the non-partisan retreats that seek to build bridges between innovative leaders from diverse fields. They continue to host five Renaissance Weekends each year around the U.S.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in New York City, Lader graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science as a Phi Beta Kappa member from Duke University in 1966, received the Master of Arts in History from the University of Michigan in 1967, completed graduate studies in law and English constitutional history at Oxford University from 1967 to 1968, and received his JD as a Leopold Schepp Scholar from Harvard Law School in 1972.[1][2]


During his studies at Harvard Law School, Lader was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Newton College of the Sacred Heart (subsequently merged with Boston College) and a teaching assistant to Harvard Law Professor Paul Freund and Harvard Political Philosophy Professor Louis Hartz. After graduation, he was a law clerk to the late Judge Paul Roney, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (formerly Fifth Circuit) and was associated with the New York law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell. He served in the U.S. Army (JAG) Reserves from 1969 to 1975.

Lader was president of Sea Pines Company, a developer/operator of large-scale recreation communities including Hilton Head Island and Kiawah Island. Upon sale of that company in 1983, he was president of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, which was awarded the National Gold Medal for "general improvement in programs" by the Council for Advancement & Support of Education during his tenure, and served until becoming a candidate in the 1986 gubernatorial election in South Carolina, finishing second to then-Lieutenant Governor Michael R. Daniel and foregoing the run-off in support of Daniel, who narrowly lost to Republican Carroll A. Campbell Jr. in the general election.

From 1986 to 1989, Lader was Executive Vice President of Sir James Goldsmith's U.S. holdings – which included America's then-largest private landholdings, sixth-largest forest products company, largest computer supplies supplier, and oil and gas interests. After the assets' restructuring and sale, he was President and Vice-Chancellor of Bond University, Australia's first private university.

Under President Bill Clinton, Lader was confirmed three times by the U.S. Senate. He served as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget until becoming White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President in December 1993, when The New York Times described him as "a longtime friend" of Clinton's. He was a member of President Clinton's Cabinet while serving as Administrator of the Small Business Administration from 1994 to 1997. During Clinton's second term, he was United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James's.

In 2001, Lader returned to the private sector, working on the corporate boards of WPP and Morgan Stanley. From 2001 to 2006, he also was the John West Professor of International Studies at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina

He has served as president of Business Executives for National Security, chairman of the Royal Academy of Arts American Trust, a member of Harvard Law School's Visiting Committee, Columbia University's International Advisory Board, Yale Divinity School's Advisory Board, and Brown University's Watson Institute of International Studies Advisory Board, and a member of the founding Council of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University. In South Carolina, he was a trustee of Middleton Place Foundation (America's oldest landscaped gardens) and Liberty Fellows and was chairman of the South Carolina Small & Minority Business Council, a trustee of South Carolina State Colleges, and a director of the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority, First Carolina Bank, and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.


Lader has been awarded honorary doctorates by 14 universities. For his contributions to trans-Atlantic relations, the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce awarded him the 2001 Benjamin Franklin Medal, and he received the Rotary International Foundation's 2007 Global Service to Humanity Award and British-American Business' 2016 Founders Award.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Linda LeSourd Lader, who is Associate Pastor of Gardens Presbyterian Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. They have two daughters.[citation needed]


  1. ^ State Department Appointments Archive (2001)
  2. ^ [file:///Users/benjaminfalk/Downloads/NominationofPhilipLader_10574999.pdf Nominationn of Philip Lader]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Erskine Bowles
Administrator of the Small Business Administration
Succeeded by
Ginger Lew
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William Crowe
United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
William Farish