Lynn Tilton is the Founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners, a holding company managing 75 companies across 14 industry sectors with revenues in excess of $8 billion, currently employing more than 120,000 people, making Ms. Tilton’s platform, the largest woman-owned business in the country. Ms. Tilton is passionate about saving American jobs by saving American companies. Since 2000, she has owned and restructured 150 companies, many on the verge of closure or liquidation, and by so doing has saved more than 250,000 jobs. Tilton’s portfolio includes Dura Automotive, Spiegel/New Port News, American LaFrance, MD Helicopters, Rand McNally, and Stila Cosmetics.
In 2010, Automotive News named her one of 100 Leading Women in the automotive industry, and in 2011, Ms. Tilton was inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation Hall of Fame when she was named Entrepreneur of the Year. She was also honored with the Luminary Award presented by Womensphere, an award given to “the woman whose leadership, innovation, and personal commitment has illuminated and inspired the lives of millions, and positively transformed the world.” In 2012, in her capacity as the Chair of Dura Automotive, The Women’s Business Enterprise Council – Great Lakes presented Ms. Tilton the Role Model & Mentor of the Year Award. Ms. Tilton was also the subject recently of a Barbara Walters 20/20 interview discussing her mission of saving American jobs, and a special Made in America segment with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s World News Tonight.
Under Ms. Tilton’s leadership, Patriarch has positioned itself as a proactive partner to companies during periods of operational and economic transformation. Patriarch provides liquidity, and strategic support to its management teams allowing them to rebuild their companies to create long-term value.
Ms. Tilton earned a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.