Rick Witmer

Chair

Rick Witmer divides his time between business and nonprofit pursuits. Rick joined Brown Brothers Harriman in 1976 and became a partner in 1988. During the first half of his BBH career, Rick helped substantial private companies and their owners evaluate alternatives and achieve their goals. During the second half of his career, he applied what he had learned about businesses and management to investing, including serving as a portfolio manager for two equity strategies. He helped focus, strengthen and grow the firm’s Private Banking and Investment Management businesses. Together, we dramatically improved outcomes for our clients in ways that are difficult for competitors to replicate. Over time, the performance of both businesses and the career prospects for our talented and hard-working colleagues improved as well. In addition, Rick chaired Private Banking’s Capital Allocation Committee and served on the firm’s Finance and Executive Committees. Today, Rick helps select talented investment boutiques which manage a significant portion of BBH’s client assets. Rick also enjoys partnering with resourceful managements of durable, growing software and information services businesses.

 

Rick serves on the Greenwich Country Day School Endowment Committee. He likes supporting and advising exceptional social entrepreneurs who are effectively addressing elements of the opportunity gap. He relishes being outdoors with friends and family and likes helping organizations which encourage others to be active outdoors.

 

Rick graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University and earned his MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business. He and his wife Jeannie have three adult children – Bart, Caroline, and Jeannie. His favorite childhood book was The Black Stallion, the triumphant tale of a boy and a wild horse.