Scott Freidheim

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Person.png Scott Freidheim  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
BornJuly 31, 1965
Dearborn, Michigan
Alma materKellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
ParentsCyrus Freidheim
SiblingsStephen Freidheim
Member ofChatham House, Council on Foreign Relations/Members, Economic Club of New York, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2006

Scott Jon Freidheim is an American businessman. He is the managing partner of Freidheim Capital and co-founder and chairman of Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp. [1]

In 2005, Scott Freidheim was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum as a leader in the field of business. Since 2006, Freidheim has participated in many panels at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as well as at the inaugural New Champions Meeting in Dalian, China and was a member of the WEF's Global Agenda Council. Freidheim is a member of The Economic Club of New York and The Council on Foreign Relations and of the Chatham House.


Freidheim was born in Dearborn, Michigan and was raised in Brazil and France as a child while his father led the Latin American and International practices for Booz Allen Hamilton. His father was also CEO of Chiquita Brands International and of the Chicago Sun-Times. His brother Stephen Freidheim is a hedge fund manager who founder of Cyrus Capital in New York[2] and co-Founded Virgin America with Richard Branson. Freidheim's wife is a venture capitalist.


Freidheim attended Northwestern University and holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Freidheim was a Division 1 athlete playing soccer while attending Northwestern University. Upon graduation, he was Northwestern University's all time leading goal scorer.

Business career

Freidheim began his career in investment banking in Chicago at John Nuveen & Co. In 1991, he joined Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking Division. In 1996, he took the position of VP, Office of the Chairman for Lehman Brothers’ CEO Richard S. Fuld Jr. Since then, he held a number officer positions in each of the Investment Management, Investment Banking and Corporate divisions. Freidheim was appointed Co-Chief administrative officer in October 2006.

Freidheim was Executive Vice President, President Kenmore, Craftsman & Diehard for Sears Holdings.

From 2014 to 2016 he was president and CEO of CDI Corporation; he was Chief Executive Officer, Europe for Investcorp International Ltd. He also held the role of Vice Chairman responsible for Post Acquisition Management of the portfolio companies in Europe.

In 2019, Freidheim Capital invested in ettain Group and Freidheim became co-chairman. In August 2021, ettain Group announced that it had sold to Manpower for $925m. [3] Freidheim Capital partnered with A&M Capital Partners to purchase ettain Group and grow the company to become the fastest growing IT staffing company among the top 10 in the USA. [4]

Non-profit involvement

Scott Freidheim is a member of the board of directors of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation[5]; he is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Education (IIE), which administers the Fulbright Scholarship program, as well as the Board and Selection Committee of the IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Spelman College.

Freidheim is a benefactor of Northwestern University. He is actively involved with the school and has a soccer scholarship in his name.


Event Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/201323 January 201327 January 2013Switzerland
World Economic Forum
2500 mostly unelected leaders met to discuss "leading through adversity"


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