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James A. Stern

Mr. Stern is Chairman and Founder of The Cypress Group, a New York based private equity firm that manages funds in excess of $3.5 billion. He serves or has served on the boards of directors of a number of corporations including Affinia, Inc., CYS Investments, Infinity Broadcasting, WESCO International, Inc., Lear Corporation, and Cinemark USA, Inc. Prior to founding The Cypress Group in 1994, Mr. Stern had a twenty-year career with Lehman Brothers. He joined the firm in 1974 and was named Managing Director. In 1988, he joined the firm’s management committee and became co-head of investment banking. He was named head of merchant banking in 1989. Mr. Stern is Chairman Emeritus of The Board of Trustees of Tufts University and has been a board member of several charitable organizations including The Jewish Museum, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Cancer Research Foundation. Mr. Stern earned a BSCE from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.