Mr. Lawson is a Managing Partner and Co-founder of Huntsman Gay Global Capital, a private equity firm headquartered in Palo Alto, California, that focuses on middle market companies. He is also a member of Huntsman Gay's Policy and Investment Committee.
Mr. Lawson currently serves as Chairman/Vice-Chairman of the Boards of Hybris Software AG, Innovative Interfaces and SkyRiver Technology Solutions as well as a director on the boards of Sunquest Information Systems, iCongo, Wasatch Adaptive Sports and Forever Young Foundation, an organization that is a primary benefactor of a portion of Huntsman Gay’s carried interest proceeds used to support extensive philanthropic work in children’s causes around the world. He has extensive private equity investment and operational experience primarily in a broad range of technology-related industries.
Prior to the inception of Huntsman Gay, Mr. Lawson was a co-founder, Managing Director and member of the original four-person board of directors of the general partner of Sorenson Capital Partners, L.P., a private equity fund which focused on middle market leveraged buyouts in the Western United States. While at Sorenson Capital, Mr. Lawson was involved in all phases of the firm's development since its founding and had responsibility for originating, structuring and managing investments across a number of industries in middle market companies.
Prior to co-founding Sorenson Capital, Mr. Lawson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Found, Inc., a Bain Capital portfolio company that provided e-commerce software and inventory management solutions to major retailers and manufacturers. Mr. Lawson began his investment career in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley and worked in the New York and Tokyo, Japan, offices as a member of the Corporate Finance and Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring Departments.
Mr. Lawson is regularly quoted in leading industry publications such as Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, The Deal, Mergers & Acquisitions, LBO Wire, Buyouts Magazine and Private Equity International. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at conferences, such as Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst Outlook/LP Summit, ThomsonReuters Buyouts East/South/West, ICBI's SuperInvestor U.S. and The Deal LLC's The Deal Economy.
Mr. Lawson received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Amherst College.