WCC Students Learn From Equity Firm CEO

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Westcehster County Community College professor John Christesen, left, and student Omari Byfield, center, talk with Donald J. Gogel. Photo Credit: Contributed

VALHALLA, N.Y. – Donald J. Gogel, CEO of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, addressed the Westchester Community College chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma earlier this month.

Students, including Alpha Beta Gamma Chapter President Omari Byfield, heard Gogel talk about his upbringing. He expressed how much he had in common with the students when he was their age, and then discussed his career. He operates a private equity firm, which manages equity capital in excess of $10 billion. Rexel, the world's largest electrical supply distributor, Hertz, ServiceMaster, and US Foodservice are among the firm's most recent investments.

Prior to joining CD&R, Gogel was a partner at McKinsey & Company, and was managing director of Kidder, Peabody & Company where he founded its merchant banking group. He earned a BA from Harvard, received a M. Phil degree in politics from Oxford University and a JD degree from Harvard Law School. He met students at an informal breakfast and then shared his story.

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