Abbott L. Brown started his professional career in Los Angeles with the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse. During Mr. Brown’s 25-year career with Price Waterhouse, he was Managing Partner for the Southern California region and served a broad range of companies with a focus in entertainment and media, real estate and the aerospace industries. In 1990, he became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, the parent company of Columbia Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Merv Griffen Enterprises and Loews Theatres. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Brown was Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Pacific Capital Group, a Beverly Hills-based merchant banking firm. Pacific Capital Group pursued investments in the telecommunications, healthcare, real estate and entertainment industries. Mr. Brown served in various capacities related to Pacific Capital Group investments, including serving on various boards and management roles. Pacific Capital Group founded Global Crossing in 1997 where Mr. Brown was an executive officer and member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Brown left Global Crossing in early 2000 to focus on Ridgestone Corporation.
Mr. Brown is a graduate of Lehigh University. He has served on the Board of Directors of both public and private companies and is active in community activities, currently serving on the Boards of Trustees of Claremont McKenna College and St. John’s Hospital.