CSHL Board elects Jamie C. Nicholls new Chairman

New officers and trustee also elected

Cold Spring Harbor, NY
– Ms. Jamie C. Nicholls was elected Chairman of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s (CSHL) Board of Trustees at the governing body’s November 6, 2010 meeting.  Nicholls, a former General Partner at Forstmann Little & Co., takes the helm of the 120-year-old private, not-for-profit research and education institution from retiring Chairman Eduardo C. Mestre.

Jamie C. Nicholls
“As a Trustee since 2006, and Treasurer since 2009, Ms. Nicholls’ spirited hands-on approach to Board matters has been invaluable to CSHL, which has doubled in size over the course of the last decade,” explained Mestre, Vice Chairman of Evercore Partners.  “Her extensive private equity and finance experience and her ability to translate her business skills to the non-profit academic world will be great assets to the institution as it pursues continued growth.”

CSHL President Bruce Stillman, Ph.D., said, “We thank Mr. Mestre for his outstanding service as Chairman and I am pleased that he will remain associated with CSHL as an Honorary Trustee.  I welcome our new Chairman, Ms. Nicholls, whose energy and experience will be most beneficial to CSHL’s growing biomedical research and education enterprise. I look forward to working closely with Ms. Nicholls and the entire Board of Trustees to ensure CSHL’s continued leadership in contemporary biology and genetics worldwide.”

Nicholls graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Amherst College and received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.  She worked at Goldman Sachs in the Principal Investment and M&A Departments and at McKinsey & Co.  She was named General Partner at Forstmann Little & Co. in 2000 and spent a total of 11 years at the private equity firm.

 Ed Travaglianti, Leo Guthart, Marilyn H. Simons, Jamie C. Nicholls, Robert D. Lindsay, Bruce Stillman

Nicholls recently joined the Board of Overseers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and is a member of the Executive Committee of The Brearley School.  She and her husband, Fran Biondi, co-founder of King Street Capital Management L.P., live in New York City and Mill Neck, N.Y., and have three children.

The Board also elected a new slate of officers.  Robert D. Lindsay, Co-Managing Partner, Lindsay Goldberg, and Marilyn H. Simons, President of The Simons Foundation, will serve as Vice Chairs.  Leo Guthart, CEO of Topspin Partners, was elected Treasurer and Ed Travaglianti, President of TD Bank, Long Island, was re-elected Secretary.
Dinakar Singh

Dinakar Singh, founding partner of TPG-Axon Capital, was elected a new member of the CSHL Board of Trustees.

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. CSHL is ranked number one in the world by Thomson Reuters for the impact of its research in molecular biology and genetics. The Laboratory has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners. Today, CSHL’s multidisciplinary scientific community is more than 400 scientists strong and its Meetings & Courses program hosts more than 8,000 scientists from around the world each year.  The Laboratory’s education arm also includes a graduate school and programs for undergraduates as well as middle and high school students and teachers. CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution on the north shore of Long Island.  For more information, visit www.cshl.edu.