Seth Gardner formerly served as the founding Executive Director of the Center for Financial Excellence at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North Carolina from 2009 to 2012. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Gardner worked at Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. in New York City, where he was a Managing Director in the private equity group. Mr. Gardner was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, structuring and negotiating private equity investments. He also spearheaded, planned and implemented (with company management) operational and financial restructurings of portfolio companies across a wide range of industries, including financial services, retail, transportation and automotive. During 2008 and 2009, he played critical and lead roles in connection with the U.S. Government’s financial rescues of Chrysler and Chrysler Financial, which were controlled by Cerberus. From 1995 to 2003, Mr. Gardner was an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, a New York City law firm.
Mr. Gardner served as a director on the boards of several Cerberus portfolio companies including Chrysler Financial from 2007-2009, Tower Automotive from 2008-2009 and Scottish Re Group from 2008-2009.
Mr. Gardner received his BA degree from Duke University in 1989. He also received a MBA degree from The Fuqua School of Business and a JD degree from Duke Law School in 1994.
Mr. Gardner’s qualifications as director include his previous experience as a professional investor, making acquisition and capital allocation decisions, as a director of a large automotive supplier, and as a director and investor helping to implement restructuring and operational strategies for various companies.