Thomas E. Lynch
Senior Managing Director and Founder, Mill Road Capital
Mr. Thomas E. Lynch is a Senior Managing Director and Founder of Mill Road Capital. Over the course of a twenty-five year investing career Mr. Lynch has founded and led two private equity funds. Prior to founding Mill Road Capital in 2004, he was the founder and Senior Managing Director of Lazard Capital Partners. Prior to Lazard, Mr. Lynch was a Managing Director at The Blackstone Group, where he was the first investment professional hired to work exclusively in the private equity group. Prior to Blackstone, he was a Consultant and Project Manager at the Monitor Company, a management consulting firm founded by Michael Porter. Mr. Lynch began his career as an advertising executive at the Interpublic Group of Companies. Mr. Lynch is the Chairman of the Board of Rubio's Restaurants, Inc., Skullcandy, Inc. and sits on the board of R.G. Barry Corporation. Mr. Lynch is also on the board of publicly traded Noodles & Company (“NDLS”) and was a long-time board member of the Panera Bread Company (“PNRA”) which was recently a party to the largest private equity buyout in 2017. He earned a B.A. with honors in Political Economy and Philosophy from Williams College, an M.Phil in Politics from Oxford University, graduating first in his class, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.