Gerald Rosenfeld is Vice Chairman-Lazard and Distinguished Scholar in Residence NYU Law School. Prior to rejoining Lazard in 2011 he spent 11 years at Rothschild North America as its CEO and, after stepping down from that position, as its Deputy Chairman.
Mr. Rosenfeld initially joined Lazard in 1992 and served as a General Partner, Managing Director and in 1997/8 as Head of US Investment Banking. Prior to Lazard he held significant management positions at Bankers Trust Company, Salomon Inc. and its Salomon Brothers subsidiary and McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Rosenfeld joined McKinsey in 1976 and was an active member of that firm’s finance practice. He joined Salomon Brothers in 1979 in the mergers and acquisitions department and was a Managing Director there until being named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Salomon Inc. and Chief Financial Officer of Salomon Brothers in 1987. Mr. Rosenfeld joined Bankers Trust in 1988 as a Managing Director and head of the Merchant Banking Group.
Mr. Rosenfeld has worked as a strategic and M&A advisor in the industrial and technology sectors, including representation of General Motors, Chrysler, United Technologies, ITT Corporation, Tenneco, TRW, Lucas Varity PLC, Case Corporation and Lotus Corp. in its acquisition by IBM. He has also worked on many airline transactions including for United Airlines, TWA, US Airways and Northwest Airlines. Mr. Rosenfeld has worked on corporate restructuring assignments for, among others, TWA, United Airlines, Delphi Corporation, Gaylord Container, the Chicago Sun-Times and AIG.
Early in his career, Mr. Rosenfeld was a member of the faculty of the City College of New York, New York University and the University of Maryland.
Mr. Rosenfeld is a member of the Board of Directors of Continental Grain Company and CIT Group. In the non-profit sector, he serves as a Trustee of The Jewish Theological Seminary and The Charles H. Revson Foundation.
He holds a Ph.D. in applied Mathematics from New York University. He is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University School of Law and a Clinical Professor of Business at the New York University Stern School of Business, where he also serves on its Board of Overseers. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of its Academy Trust.