Lou Giraudo

Executive Board Member

Mr. Giraudo is Co-Founder and Senior Managing Partner of GESD Capital Partners. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of Andre Boudin Bakeries, Inc., as Chairman of Milton’s Baking Company a maker of wholegrain breads, crackers and better for you frozen foods, Chairman of Lucky-Save Mart Super Markets Company and as Director of the Board of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc.. He served as Chairman of the Ascentia Wine Group owners of such wineries as Gary Farrell, Buena Vista, Geyser Peak, Covey Run, Ste Chapelle, Columbia, XYZin and Atlas Peak. He recently retired as an independent director of Overhill Farms a publicly traded food manufacturing company. He also recently retired after 8 years as Executive Chairman of Pabst Brewing Company. His group also owns and operates restaurant companies, baking companies and frozen food companies throughout the United States. He presently serves as a trustee of the Kalmanovitz Public Charitable Trust.

Prior to GESD, Mr. Giraudo was the CEO of Preferred Capital Markets, Inc. where he co-directed the development of Preferred Trade, Inc., a direct access brokerage for active retail, professional and institutional traders. From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Giraudo was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Coast Baking Company based in San Francisco, California and was Chairman of Mother’s Cake & Cookie Co. in Oakland, California.

Mr. Giraudo has practiced corporate, business, and labor law in California since 1974. He has been a partner at the law firm of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, LLP (formerly Coblentz, Cahen, McCabe & Breyer, LLP) since 1983. Additionally, he has held several appointed public service positions throughout his career, including Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco, President of the San Francisco Police Commission, President of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and President of the San Francisco Board of Permit Appeals, as well as numerous not-for-profit boards over his lifetime.

Mr. Giraudo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco, and a Doctorate of Humane Letters in Education (Honoris Causa) from the University of San Francisco. Mr. Giraudo was awarded the title of Papal Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great in September 2000.


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