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Robert S. Dow
Senior Partner
Chairman of the Board of the Lord Abbett Mutual Funds
Robert S. Dow is Lord Abbett’s Senior Partner and Chairman of the Board of the Lord Abbett Mutual Funds. As Senior Partner, he sets the firm’s strategic direction. He also chairs Lord Abbett’s Compensation Committee and its Business Advisory Council.

Mr. Dow previously served as the firm’s Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, responsible for overseeing the firm’s equity, fixed-income, and international investment management teams, as well as leading the firm as a whole.

Mr. Dow began his investment career with Lord Abbett in the early 1970s, when he joined the firm as a Research Analyst. He has served in a number of investment positions, including Portfolio Manager for several Lord Abbett funds and Head of Fixed Income, where he was an integral part of developing and introducing Lord Abbett bond funds.

In 1986, Mr. Dow was named a Partner, and in 1995 he was named Chief Investment Officer. In June 1996, he was appointed Managing Partner. In 2007 he appointed Daria Foster Managing Partner and took the newly created role of Senior Partner.

Mr. Dow actively serves on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute and on the organization’s full board of governors. He is a former Olympic athlete in the sport of fencing, and donates time and financing to the Peter Westbrook Foundation, which uses fencing to develop life skills in young people from underserved communities.

Mr. Dow earned an MBA from Columbia University, an MSCE from New York University, and a BSCE from Newark College of Engineering.

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Daria L. Foster
Managing Partner
President and Director of the Lord Abbett Mutual Funds
Daria L. Foster is Managing Partner of Lord Abbett, an independent, privately held investment firm. In addition, Ms. Foster serves as President and Director of Lord Abbett Mutual Funds and oversees the firm’s Product Development and Risk Management Committees.

As Managing Partner, Ms. Foster is responsible for the global operations of the firm, including investment management, institutional investment services, private wealth, marketing, and relationship management, as well as operations, technology, and legal services.

Ms. Foster has nearly 30 years of financial services industry experience, more than half of which has been with Lord Abbett. She joined the firm in 1990 as Director of Fixed-Income Marketing, and was responsible for establishing the firm’s institutional investment business. Named a Partner in 1996, she was instrumental in developing numerous new investment products, and working closely with operations, technology, client services, legal, and trading to facilitate implementation of these capabilities. Ms. Foster’s accomplishments include expanding the firm’s institutional sales and marketing groups, which grew from $2 billion to nearly $35 billion in assets, establishing institutional investment processes, and having an influential role in attracting and hiring new portfolio managers and other investment personnel. In 2005, she was named the Director of Global Client Services, and led the effort to combine and integrate the retail and institutional investment services businesses. In 2006, she was elected Director and President of Lord Abbett Mutual Funds.

Prior to joining Lord Abbett, Ms. Foster served as Vice President of Marketing for the Chemical Investment Group. Earlier in her career, she served as Vice President and Manager for the Irving Trust Co., Assistant Vice President of Marine Midland Bank, N.A., and Assistant Treasurer for Chase Manhattan Bank.

Ms. Foster is a contributor to several leading institutional trade publications, including Barron’s, Pensions & Investments, and Plan Sponsor. She also serves on the board of the Urban Education Exchange, a nonprofit organization committed to creating a culture of academic excellence in urban elementary schools. Ms. Foster received a BA from Gettysburg College.

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Thayer Bigelow
Lead Independent Director, Lord Abbett Family of Mutual Funds
Thayer Bigelow Lead Independent Director, Lord Abbett Family of Mutual Funds serves as the Lead Independent Director for the Lord Abbett Family of Mutual Funds, and is the Managing General Partner of Bigelow Media, LLC, a media investment and consulting firm. Mr. Bigelow joined Lord Abbett’s Family of Mutual Funds as an outside director in 1994.

Mr. Bigelow spent more than 30 years working for Time Inc. and Time Warner. For the last two years of his career at Time Warner, he was interim CEO of Court Room Television Network.

He joined Time Inc. in the Controller’s Department in 1967. Mr. Bigelow was promoted to Manager of Accounting three years later. In 1973, he was named Vice President and Treasurer of Manhattan Cable Television, Inc., a Time Inc. subsidiary. He was named President of MCTV in 1976 and held the post for three years. In 1980, Mr. Bigelow was appointed Senior Vice President for Finance and Corporate Development of Time-Life Films, Inc., another company subsidiary. The following year, Mr. Bigelow was named Assistant to the Group Vice President of Video for Time Inc., and at the same time was named President of Time-Life Video. In 1982, he was named Treasurer and Vice President of Time Inc.

Mr. Bigelow was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Time Inc. in 1984, and before joining HBO four years later, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of American Television and Communications Corp., of which Time Inc. was then an 82 percent owner. In 1991, he was named the first President and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Cable Programming, Inc., after having been President and Chief Operating Officer of Home Box Office, Inc. for three years.

In addition to his key role on Lord Abbett’s Family of Mutual Funds Board, Mr. Bigelow is Director of Crane Co. and Huttig Building Products, Inc. He is also is a member of the Board of Trustees of Trinity College.

After serving two years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Bigelow graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned his MBA at the University of Virginia, Colgate Darden Business School.

Franklin W. Hobbs

Franklin W. Hobbs Mr Hobbs previously served as a director of Coors Brewing Company since 2001. Mr Hobbs is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. He served as Chief Executive Officer and director for the investment bank, Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin from 2002 to January 2003. He served in roles of increasing responsibility at Dillon, Read & Co. Inc, an investment bank, from 1972 through 2000, finally serving as chairman of UBSWarburg following a series of mergers between Dillon Read and SBC Warburg, and later with Union Bank of Switzerland. He has been an operating partner with One Equity Partners, a private equity investment firm, since 2004. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Lord, Abbett & Co., and is President of the Board of Trustees at Milton Academy.


One response to this post.

  1. Hey please email me I just want to know what is up. I have my Roth IRA involved in Lord Abbett. I was just googling Lord Abbett and Daria L Foster to check up on it, and your blog and stuff on Topix came up. Is there something wrong with this company? I am tryin to figure out what you put this stuff for.


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