Jeff Vincent to retire after 22 years at the helm
SEATTLE, December 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Laird Norton Company (LNC) today announced the appointment of Brian McGuigan as Chief Executive Officer, from January 1, 2023. McGuigan will succeed the current CEO, Jeff Vincent, who is retiring after 22 years at the helm of the company. Vincent will remain as an advisor to the Laird Norton board to help with the transition until he officially retires on June 30, 2023.
“It has been a privilege to be CEO of Laird Norton,” said Vincent. “While it is difficult to leave this organization after two decades, the decision was made easier knowing that Brian and the management team are fully prepared to take the helm. Since Brian joined the company, he has shown phenomenal growth both professionally and personally,” he said. “The company will continue to thrive under his able leadership.”
McGuigan joined the seventh generation family business in 2012. He and Vincent have been the only non-family CEOs since the company was founded in 1855.
During Vincent’s tenure, which began in 2001, the 167-year-old company has changed significantly. Vincent transformed the business, strengthening LNC’s investment approach, diversifying into new business areas and leading the successful sale of Lanoga, one of the nation’s largest building materials retailers. Today, Laird Norton Company focuses on real estate (Laird Norton Properties and Heartland, LLC) and wealth management (Laird Norton Wealth Management), and actively seeks to acquire profitable, capital-efficient businesses.
“The Laird Norton Company is recognized as one of the most respected and successful family businesses in the country,” said McGuigan. “I am honored to be entrusted with the central role of leading the business and continuing the legacy of Laird Norton Company for the next generation of the family.”
McGuigan, who most recently served as the company’s chief operating officer, started as LNC’s director of corporate investments; advanced to Director, Corporate Investments in 2015; VP Corporate Investments and Compliance in 2017; VP Strategy and Corporate Development in 2018; and Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development in 2021.
“In each of these increasingly important and complex roles, Brian has excelled,” said Debbie Brown, Chairman of the LNC Board of Directors. “Brian has strong support from our Board of Directors. He has demonstrated exceptional management skills, including leading the acquisitions of Filament and Wetherby Asset Management by Laird Norton Wealth Management for LNC.”
As CEO, McGuigan will oversee the company’s organization, investments and strategic initiatives. In addition, McGuigan will serve on the boards of Laird Norton Wealth Management and Heartland, and as chair of the real estate committee of Laird Norton Properties.
Brian was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa before starting his career in the UK. He’s calling now Seattle, where he lives with his wife, Margaret, and two sons, his home. Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of The capand an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business. He holds the CAIA charter.
ABOUT LAIRD NORTON:
Laird Norton Company (LNC) is a diversified company that invests in private companies and real estate to continue the success of our owners, the Laird Norton family, and to create shared value for our employees, partners and communities around the world. wider. We are intentional and patient long-term investors, deriving strong returns from well-managed, strategic assets. We actively seek to acquire profitable, capital-efficient real estate and businesses.
Among its many holdings, LNC wholly owns Laird Norton Properties, a real estate investment firm, and has a controlling interest in Laird Norton Wealth Management, a wealth management firm, and Heartland, LLC, a real estate advisory firm. .
For more information, visit LNC’s website at www.lairdnorton.com.
BRIAN MCGUIGAN’S EXTENDED BIOLOGICAL:
Brian became CEO of Laird Norton Company (“LNC”) in January 2023. He joined LNC in 2012 as Director of Corporate Investments to develop the company’s corporate development function. He then held positions of increasing responsibility within LNC over the next decade, culminating in his promotion to CEO.
Brian is a director of Laird Norton Company and Laird Norton Properties, and Chairman of the Real Estate Committee of Laird Norton Properties. He also sits on the boards of LNC’s portfolio companies, Laird Norton Wealth Management and Heartland LLC, a real estate advisory firm.
Prior to joining LNC, Brian was President and Chief Compliance Officer of Stonnington Group, a wealth management firm in Los Angeles. At Stonnington, Brian combined operational responsibilities with investment responsibilities that included originating, executing and overseeing a range of private markets investments, including direct investments in technology companies and start-up consumption. Earlier in his career, he worked in technology consulting in the UK and Europe.
Brian was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa before starting his working life in the UK. He’s calling now Seattlewhere he lives with his wife and two sons, at home.
Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of The cap and an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business. He holds the CAIA charter.
SOURCE Laird Norton Company