CEO, JW Levin Management Partners LLC
Jerry W. Levin is the CEO of JW Levin Management Partners LLC, a private management and investment firm headquartered in New York City. Levin’s extensive career spans over 40 years, with his prior roles including the CEO of Wilton Brands LLC, the CEO of the Coleman Company, Inc., the CEO of Revlon, Inc., and the CEO of American Household, Inc. (formerly named Sunbeam Inc.). Currently he serves as Executive Chairman of Lasko Products and Chairman of Spinrite LP. From 1974-1989, Levin worked for the Pillsbury Company. In his initial capacity as head of corporate development, he completed hundreds of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Some of the transactions he led included Häagen-Dazs, Green Giant, Totino's Pizza, Steak and Ale, Chart House, and American Beauty Macaroni. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Häagen-Dazs and the Pillsbury Restaurant Group (comprised of Burger King, Steak and Ale, Bennigans, Chart House and Godfather’s Pizza) and several other Pillsbury businesses. When Levin joined Revlon, it was suffering from significant losses and debt load, and had a number three, and declining, market share in the United States mass market for color cosmetics. By the end of his tenure as CEO, the firm had been restructured with its debt load significantly reduced and the number one market share in the United States mass market for color cosmetics. Levin has served on the Boards of US Bank, Eco-Labs, Lorillard, Apogee, Saks Fifth Avenue and Wendy’s. Levin has served as the President of the UJA-Federation of New York. UJA is the world’s largest local philanthropy, serving over 4.5 million individuals in New York, in Israel, and around the world each year through more than 100-health, human-service, educational and community service agencies. Levin is also on the board of numerous non-profit organizations. Levin graduated from the University of Michigan with B.S.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, and received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1968.