Ronald S. Lauder
Chairman, Clinique Laboratories (division of Estee Lauder)
Ronald S. Lauder is an international philanthropist, diplomat, public servant, entrepreneur, investor and patron of the arts. Mr Lauder is currently the Chairman of Clinique Laboratories, a division of The Estée Lauder Companies. Mr Lauder is also Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Lauder was appointed Ambassador to Austria by President Ronald Reagan after serving several years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO policy. Upon his return from Vienna in 1987, he established the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which supports Jewish schools, camps and community centers in several countries in Eastern Europe. At this time, he also created an International Student Exchange Program between Jewish high school students in New York and Vienna. A patron of the arts and a noted collector, Mr. Lauder was Chairman of the Museum of Modern Art from 1995 to 2005 and now serves as the museum’s Honorary Chairman. In 2001, he established the Neue Galerie New York, of which he is President. The museum is dedicated to German and Austrian art. Mr. Lauder also created Central European Media Enterprises, Ltd. (NASDAQ: CETV), a leading commercial television company that reaches 95 million people in seven countries throughout Central and Eastern Europe. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the New York based Water Holding Group RWL Water, LLC. Currently, the four portfolio companies within the RWL Water Group are Nirosoft Industries Ltd. based in Carmiel, Israel, Eurotec WTT, based in Padova, Italy, Aeromix Systems Inc. based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Unitek SA based in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Mr Lauder has long been committed to civic causes, public policy issues and has pursued impact investments in Africa since 2012.