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Wendy E. Lane

Wendy E. Lane

Lane Holdings, Inc.
Needham, MA, USA

Wendy Lane has been Chairman of Lane Holdings, Inc., a private equity investment company since 1992 when she retired from Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette as a Principal and Managing Director in investment banking.  Before that, she was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs & Co.  Clients included both domestically and internationally based companies and spanned a broad range of industries from software to petroleum to pharmaceuticals and other. Transactions covered the full spectrum, including advisory, IPOs,  multi-billion dollar mergers, going private and LBOs, and capital offerings She was a founding investor of Staples and Skyhook, was an investor in the original leveraged buyout of 7 Up and invests in a range of industries.

Upon leaving DLJ, Wendy also began sitting on corporate boards and has sat on the boards of seven public companies. Current/most recent boards are:

  • Willis Group Ltd. (London/New York; third largest insurance broker in the world; 2004-present; chairs Compensation Committee; sits on Audit Committee; established Risk Committee; and sat on Governance, Strategic and Search Committees) and
  • UPM-Kymmene Corporation (Helsinki; one of the world’s largest paper companies; major facilities in China, South and North America, Europe and Russia; 2005-present; sits on Audit Committee).
  • Laboratory Corporation of America (North Carolina; second largest independent clinical lab in the US; 1996-2014;  sits on Governance and Audit Committees; chaired Audit and Compensation Committees),

She was also for eight years a Trustee of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Foundation

Through her experience with Tyco, where she assisted the former board through the investigation, resolution and rectification of the senior executives’ transgressions, she was selected as the only former Board member to assist the new Board to establish all of its governance polices and practices, she has become an internationally recognized governance expert.  She has spoken at Harvard Business School. Stanford Law School, the Wharton School, and other venues, and has assisted the OECD, the New Zealand Securities Exchange and a major rating agency with their governance guidelines.

Wendy has an MBA from Harvard Business School (1977) and a BA, Phi Beta Kappa (junior year), from Wellesley College in mathematics and French (1973). 

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