Clifton S. Robbins is the founder and chief executive officer of Blue Harbour Group. Formed in 2004, Blue Harbour pursues an Active Ownership investment strategy by acting as a lead minority shareholder primarily in U.S. publicly traded companies, and working collaboratively with managements and boards to identify initiatives to create and unlock shareholder value. In 2016 the firm developed a framework and process to fully integrate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations into all investment decisions and engagements.
Robbins has more than 30 years of experience in the investment management business. Prior to forming Blue Harbour, he had been a Managing Member of General Atlantic Partners, a global private equity firm, from 2000 through August 2004. Prior to that, Robbins had been a General Partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., where he worked from 1987 until 2000. At KKR, he played a significant role in many of the firm's leveraged buyout transactions and financings and was also intimately involved with the firm's capital markets activities. Robbins began his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions department of Morgan Stanley & Co. He graduated with an A.B. from Harvard College and received his M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
He has served on the board of directors of more than fifteen public and private companies. He is a member of the Boards of Overseers and Managers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and also serves on the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.