Continental Grain Company
Michael J. Zimmerman is Vice Chairman of the Continental Grain Company, a diversified international agribusiness and investment firm, and a member of the investment committee of Arlon Group LLC, an investment subsidiary of Continental Grain Company. Mr. Zimmerman previously held titles of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1999 to 2012, and Senior Vice President, Investments and Strategy from 1996 to 1999, of Continental Grain Company.
Prior to joining Continental Grain in 1996, Mr. Zimmerman was a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers, Inc. from 1976 to 1999, where he served in a variety of senior positions in the investment banking and firm investment areas.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc, (OTC: OSGIQ) where he serves as non-executive Chairman. He has previously served as a director of a number of other publicly-held companies, including KBW, Inc., Smithfield Foods Inc., (NYSE: SFD) and Financial Federal Corporation, (NYSE: FIF).
Mr. Zimmerman is an honors graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he received a MBA degree. He obtained his undergraduate education at Trinity College, where he received a B.A. degree. He is active in a number of educational, religious, health care, and philanthropic organizations, such as: Board Member and Chairman, Audit Committee, of Castleton Commodities, Inc., a Trustee of Mount Sinai Health System, Chairman of FOJP Service Corporation, and Chairman of Investment Committee, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Mr. Zimmerman’s experience within the financial services industry and his broad understanding of investment banking, both as an industry and a culture, provide valuable judgment and insights, including those relevant to the recent economic climate. This background, together with the perspectives applied from his past and present service on other boards, including as an independent director and audit committee member of a publicly held company, brings knowledge and a skill set that are integral to our Board.