Sarah Williamson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Focusing Capital on the Long Term (FCLT) as of 1 July 2016. As CEO, she leads the transformation of FCLT from an initiative to a not-for-profit global organization dedicated to developing practical tools and approaches that encourage long-term behaviors in business and investment decision-making.
FCLT’s founders are BlackRock, CPPIB, Dow Chemical Company, McKinsey & Company, and Tata Sons. FCLT involves other member organizations committed to achieving long-term tangible actions that benefit businesses, markets and society more broadly.
Prior to assuming her current role, Williamson spent over 21 years at Wellington Management Company LLP, where she was most recently a Partner and Director of Alternative Investments. Williamson joined Wellington Management Company LLP in 1995 in Boston and opened the institutional investment manager’s San Francisco office in 1997. After almost seven years in San Francisco, she returned to Boston in 2003. At Wellington, Williamson served on numerous firm boards and committees including the Compensation Committee, the Capital Commitments Committee, the board of Wellington Management Advisers, Inc. and the board of Wellington International Management Co Pte Ltd., Singapore. Williamson was the Chair of the Wellington Trust Company, NA and the Trust Investment Committee. She was also instrumental in Wellington Management’s global diversity and inclusion efforts as the founding chair of the Diversity Committee. In addition, she has served on boards and investment committees for several educational and charitable organizations for over 15 years.
Prior to joining Wellington, Williamson spent over five years with McKinsey & Company Inc. (1989 – 1994). She was also employed by the US Department of State (1986 – 1987) and was a mergers & acquisitions investment banker in New York and London for Goldman, Sachs & Co. (1984 – 1986).
She earned her MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School (1989) and her BA in economics, with honors, from Williams College (1984). Additionally, she holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations. She is a US citizen and is married with three grown children