Lawton W. Fitt is an investment banker and a highly experienced corporate director. She currently serves on the boards of Ciena Corporation, The Progressive Corporation, The Carlyle Group, Micro Focus International PLC, and Human Rights Watch.
She had a long career at Goldman Sachs where she worked for over 23 years in the investment banking, equities, and asset management divisions of the firm in the London and New York offices. She was elected a Partner in 1994.
After retiring from Goldman Sachs, she was the Secretary (Chief Executive Officer) of the Royal Academy of the Arts in London, an independent institution dedicated to exhibition, education, and debate in the visual arts.
She also has deep experience as a trustee for not-for-profit organizations and foundations, including the Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
She has been named to the Fortune Magazine list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business and is the recipient of the University of Virginia’s Distinguished Alumna Award.
She received her undergraduate degree in European History from Brown University. After graduating from Brown, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso and worked for a non-profit organization promoting economic equality for women, before earning an MBA at the Darden School of the University of Virginia.