Peter Thompson

Managing Director


Financial Advisory


Chicago, United States

Peter Q. Thompson serves as Managing Director, Chairman, and Senior Member of the Midwest Financial Advisory team of Lazard.

His primary focus is on market development and stakeholder strategy, and his more than 25-year career as a financial services executive also provides depth to Lazard's relevant investment banking industry groups. Additionally, he heads Lazard's Strategic Client Development Group across North America.

Previously, Peter served as Chief Executive Officer of Perkins Investment Management, an investment management firm that managed in excess of $22 billion in assets. Additionally, he served as Chairman of the company's Board of Directors. Perkins was an independent operating subsidiary of the Janus Capital Group.

Formerly, Peter was President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Asset Management Company, LLC (2007-2009), and prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of Ariel Capital Management (1994-2006) and was also a member of the company's Board of Directors.

From 2006-2007, Peter served as Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's campaign Finance Director for the Mayor's successful and final re-election.

He currently serves on a variety of boards, including the Board of Directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation and the WGA/Evans Scholars Foundation. He also is a Life Trustee and past Chairman of the Board of St. Ignatius College Prep and previously served on the Council on The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Providence College Board of Trustees.

He received his bachelor's degree from Providence College and an MBA from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (Booth).

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