James S. Gold

Senior Advisor at Sawaya Segalas & Co. LLC

James S. Gold

James S. Gold

Senior Advisor at Sawaya Segalas & Co. LLC

Biography

Jim joined the firm having spent 37 years in investment banking, 32 of which were at Lazard where he was a founding member of Lazard’s worldwide consumer, food and retail practice. At Lazard he advised many of the largest strategic food, retail and consumer companies on mergers and acquisitions and strategic financial advisory assignments. His clients included, among others, companies such as Danone, PepsiCo, Hershey, Wrigley, Campbell Soup, Casino, Signet plc and Kraft.

Following his retirement from Lazard, Jim became a Senior Advisor to Piper Jaffray before joining Southern Star Shipping where he oversaw worldwide corporate development activities. Southern Star is a family controlled, private investment company focused principally on shipping, food production and distribution, infrastructure and energy. Investments include a controlling position in the publicly traded Flour Mills of Nigeria, one of the largest food companies in Nigeria, and ELBISCO, a prominent baked products company in Greece.

From 1993 through 2005, Jim served as a member of the Board of Directors of Smart & Final and from 1998 he served as a member of the Board of the Hain-Celestial Group. He served as a director of Happy Baby Foods which was recently acquired by Danone and also served as member of the board of Gold Standard Baking, a privately held company.

Jim is a member of the Private and Public Scientific Academic and Consumer Food Policy Group, a public policy group jointly sponsored by the Institute of Politics and the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. He served as a member of the Board of Visitors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of the Boards of Visitors of the Kenan Flagler School of Business and the Honors Programs at UNC-CH. In addition, he is a member of the Board of the Center for Hearing and Communications.

Consumer Transactions that Jim has been involved with include the sale of Kraft, Inc. to Philip Morris Cos., the sale of Pet Inc. to Grand Metropolitan P.L.C., the acquisition of Snapple Beverage Corp. by The Quaker Oats Co., the sale of Kraft Frozen Desserts to Unilever, the sale of Marie’s by Campbell Soup Co. to Dean Food Co., the sale of Mrs. Paul’s by Campbell Soup Co. to Pinnacle Foods, Inc., the sale of WhiteWave Foods Co. to Dean Foods Co., the sale of Stonyfield Farm, Inc. to Groupe Danone, the sale of Gardetto’s Bakery, Inc. to General Mills, Inc., the sale of Vlasic to Pinnacle Foods, Inc., the acquisition of Celestial Seasonings by Hain Food Group , the sale of Golden State Foods to Yucaipa Cos., the acquisition of Nabisco Europe by Groupe Danone, the sale of Austin Quality Foods, Inc. to Keebler Foods Co., the acquisition of Keurig, Inc. by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., the acquisition of Nantucket Nectars by Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., the acquisition of Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp. by Hershey Foods Corp., the Starbucks Coffee Co. grocery distribution joint venture with Kraft Foods, Inc., and the acquisition of Albertson’s, Inc. by SuperValu, Inc..

Outside of work Jim is personally invested in:
Every huge smile that appears on young people’s faces when the doctor turns on a cochlear implant and they hear sound for the first time.

Overview
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154

Number of Boards

4

Birthday

1951

Age

68

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Board Member at Center for Hearing and Communication

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Chief Marketing Officer at Market New Haven

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President at Albanese Organization, Inc.

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Member, Board of Directors at Center for Hearing and Communication

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President at Think Manhattan, Inc.

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Area Manager, Senior Vice President at Citibank NA (New York)

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Member, Board of Directors at Center for Hearing and Communication

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Member, Board of Directors at Center for Hearing and Communication

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Board Member at Center for Hearing and Communication

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James S. Gold
Senior Advisor at Sawaya Segalas & Co. LLC
Education
AB in Economics
Class of 1972

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (also known as UNC, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, or simply Carolina)[14] is a coeducational public research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. North Carolina has been consistently ranked among the highest ranked universities in the United States and is one of the original eight Public Ivy schools that provide an Ivy League experience for a public schooling price. After being chartered in 1789, the university first began enrolling students in 1795, which allows it to be one of three schools to claim the title of the oldest public university in the United States.

MBA

Harvard Business School (HBS) is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The school offers a large full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and many executive education programs. It owns Harvard Business School Publishing, which publishes business books, leadership articles, online management tools for corporate learning, case studies, and the monthly Harvard Business Review.

Career History
Senior Advisor
2013 - Current

Sawaya Segalas & Co. LLC is a private company headquartered in New York, NY, with operations in US, that provides investment advice. The firm was founded by Fuad Sawaya.

Boards & Committees
Director
Prior - 2007

Smart & Final, Inc. engages in wholesale grocery business. It supplies food, foodservice products, and culinary equipment through non-membership warehouse and wholesale stores. The firm offers dairy, meat, and baking products; grocery and dry food items; beverages; paper and packaging products; frozen food; kitchen equipment and janitorial supplies; and sundries. The company was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in Commerce, CA.

Director
Prior

Lazard Pty Ltd. provides financial advisory and asset management services. Its principal activities are focused on advisory, comprising mergers and acquisition, equity capital markets transactions and private equity services. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$1,000 - $4,999
2013

To improve the quality of life for people of all ages with hearing loss and auditory processing disorders by striving to empower individuals to achieve their potential. We provide a wide array of hearing health care services regardless of the patients ability to pay or mode of communication.

$5,000 - $25K
2010

To improve the quality of life for people of all ages with hearing loss and auditory processing disorders by striving to empower individuals to achieve their potential. We provide a wide array of hearing health care services regardless of the patients ability to pay or mode of communication.

$1,000 - $4,999
2009

To improve the quality of life for people of all ages with hearing loss and auditory processing disorders by striving to empower individuals to achieve their potential. We provide a wide array of hearing health care services regardless of the patients ability to pay or mode of communication.

Transactions
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Ventura Foods LLC purchases Dean Foods Co. /Maries Dressings & Deans Dips Businesses from Dean Foods Co.

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James S. Gold is affiliated with Sawaya Segalas & Co. LLC, Smart & Final, Inc., Lazard Pty Ltd.

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