CD&R Chairman Don Gogel joined Professor Florin Vasvari, Academic Director of the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Private Capital (IEPC), in a London Business School fireside chat titled, “In conversation with Don Gogel: private capital in turbulent times.” The discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities that private capital investors have faced during Gogel’s thirty-plus year tenure in the industry, how CD&R has navigated an evolving market, private capital’s reputation today, and what he expects to see in the industry’s future.
Mr. Gogel discussed the importance of flexibility, a long-term investment horizon, and a strong shareholder base in navigating challenging periods like the pandemic. These traits, when paired with technology and ESG, Mr. Gogel believes will be key to the industry’s long-term position.
Mr. Gogel is in his 32nd year with the Firm. He served as Chief Executive Officer from 1998 to 2019 and has served as Chairman since 2012. Mr. Gogel plays an active role in shaping the Firm’s strategy, recruiting talent, sourcing new investment opportunities, participating in portfolio company operating reviews, and leading CEO roundtables. Earlier in his career with CD&R, Mr. Gogel led several investments that established the Firm’s reputation for navigating and completing complex carve-outs from major corporations. Mr. Gogel holds a B.A. from Harvard College, an M. Phil. in Politics from Balliol College, Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
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