Lawrence Jackson, Senior Advisor, joined New Mountain in 2008. Mr. Jackson has over 30 years of operations and logistics management experience with leading consumer product companies and retailers. Previously, Mr. Jackson was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Procurement at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where he directed the efforts of purchasing offices in 28 countries and implemented programs to improve the company's factory sourcing. At Wal-Mart from 2004 to 2006, Mr. Jackson served as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, responsible for all human resources planning for the company's 1.5 million associates worldwide. Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Mr. Jackson was President and Chief Operating Officer at Dollar General Stores, Inc., a Fortune 500 discount retailer, where his efforts led to significant new store openings and improved same-store results.
From 1997 to 2003, Mr. Jackson was Senior Vice President of Supply Operations for Safeway, Inc., where he led the manufacturing, distribution and private-label operations for the $30 billion grocer. Prior to joining Safeway, Mr. Jackson spent 16 years at PepsiCo in various management positions, including plant manager, VP of Manufacturing & Distribution, VP of Sales for Pepsi Cola, SVP and General Manager of Pepsi Cola Bottling, and SVP and COO of Worldwide Operations for PepsiCo Foods. Mr. Jackson started his career at Bank of Boston in 1975 as a corporate banker and then joined McKinsey as a consultant in 1979.
Mr. Jackson is on the board of directors for Assurant, Inc. He has served as a director of or advised a number of New Mountain portfolio companies such as IRI, RedPrairie and Inmar, among others. He formerly served on the boards of Allied Waste, Inc., Parsons Corporation, ProLogis, Inc., Snyder's-Lance, Inc. and RadioShack, Inc. Mr. Jackson received his A.B. in Economics from Harvard College in 1975 and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1979.