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John Lynch

John Lynchex-officio

State of New Hampshire

Concord, New Hampshire

Since becoming the 80th Governor of New Hampshire in 2005, Governor John Lynch has focused on working across party lines to make New Hampshire a place of opportunity for all of its citizens. Re-elected in 2010 to a historic fourth term, Gov. Lynch has been a strong, effective leader in working to make real progress on the issues that matter most to New Hampshire families and businesses ­– improving the quality of education, promoting job creation and economic development, reducing health care costs, ensuring public safety and protecting New Hampshire's environment and natural resources.

Under Gov. Lynch, New Hampshire has been named one of the most business-friendly and best-managed states in the nation. During his tenure, New Hampshire has also been named the "Most Livable State" in the nation, as well as the "Safest State" for three years in a row.  His work as Governor is an extension of a lifelong commitment of putting people first. As a businessman, he established a track record of turning around troubled companies. As the President and CEO of Knoll, Inc., he changed the way this national furniture manufacturer did business and transformed it from a company losing $50 million a year into one making a profit of nearly $240 million. Under his leadership, Knoll created new jobs and initiated an annual bonus for factory workers, established a college scholarship program for their children, created retirement plans for employees who didn't have any, and gave workers stock in the company.

Early in his career, as the Director of Admissions at Harvard Business School, Lynch made ethics one of the criteria for admissions for the first time in the school's history. He has also served as the President of the Lynch Group, a business consulting firm in Manchester, New Hampshire. As chair of the University System Board of Trustees he worked to keep tuition increases to a minimum. A member of the board of Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, he led the successful fight to stop a corporation from closing this community hospital. A community leader, he is past president of the UNH Alumni Association and is a member of the board of the Capital Center for the Arts. Working his way through college, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1974. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He and his wife of more than 30 years, Susan, live in Hopkinton with their three children, Jacqueline, Julia and Hayden.

Last Updated: 12/1/14