Jack Rivkin has had a long and varied career in the Investment Industry encompassing Private and Public Equity, Investment Policy and Management. He is known as a keen observer of investment and business strategy, and a superb manager of highly talented professionals. He retired in early 2008 as Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Private Asset Management of Neuberger Berman. He was also a member of Neuberger’s Executive Management Committee, the Lehman Brothers Council on Climate Change and the Neuberger Berman Climate Change Fund Advisory Board. He is engaged with the United Nations on policy issues related to Private Capital and Climate Change. He is an Associate Fellow of the Asia Society. He retired from Neuberger to devote more time to Climate Change and related investing and Policy issues. His blog on Climate Change can be accessed at http://blog.contracarbon.com.
Mr. Rivkin began his investment career in 1968 as a research analyst at Mitchell Hutchins, and subsequently became Director of Research. After Paine Webber acquired Mitchell Hutchins, Mr. Rivkin served in a variety of positions including, Director of Research, CFO of the parent company; President and CEO of PaineWebber Mitchell Hutchins -the equity trading and investment arm of PaineWebber; Chairman of Mitchell Hutchins Asset Management and President and Founder of PaineWebber Capital, the merchant banking arm of PW, where he ran a private equity portfolio. From 1987 to 1992 he was Director of Global Research and, subsequently, Head of the Worldwide Equities Division of Lehman Brothers Inc. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Rivkin served as a Vice Chairman and director of Global Research at Smith Barney (ultimately a subsidiary of Citigroup). He was an executive vice president with Citigroup Investments from 1994 through 2001, responsible for private equity investments. During that period he was also an adjunct professor at Columbia University teaching a course in Security Analysis and classes on Venture Capital. He joined Neuberger Berman in 2002.
Mr. Rivkin is the co-author of “Risk & Reward—Venture Capital and the Making of America’s Great Industries,” Random House, 1987. He is a regular guest on various media including CNBC and Bloomberg. He is the principal subject in a series of Harvard Business School cases describing his experience as Director of Research and Head of Equities at Lehman Brothers. He has served as a director of a number of private and public companies and the New York Society of Security Analysts. He is currently a director of Dale Carnegie and Associates Inc., Idealab, Distributed World Power, Essentials Brands, Neuberger Berman Mutual Funds and Solbright Corporation. He and his wife, Jane, are involved with a number of NGOs as well. He is also a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Anglers Club of New York, Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers, and a lifetime member of Trout Unlimited. He continues to be an active private equity investor when he isn’t fly fishing. He has traveled extensively to South America, Europe and Asia over his investment career. In addition to their residence in East Hampton, New York, he and his wife have had a home near San Martin de los Andes, Argentina, for many years.
Mr. Rivkin earned his Professional Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration