Board & Staff
Mr. Lawrence K. Fish
LAWRENCE K. FISH is the former Chairman and CEO of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a multi-state commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. During his 17-year tenure, CFG grew 30-fold and became one of the 10 largest commercial bank holding companies in the United States in total assets and deposits.
Currently Fish is Chairman of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the largest educational publishing company in the United States. He also is a Director of Textron Inc., a leading global multi-industry company with brands including Cessna, Beechcraft, Bell Helicopter and E-Z-Go golf carts, and Tiffany & Co., a leading American luxury brand with stores throughout the United States and worldwide.
Fish has a long record of leadership positions in business and the community. In July 2003, he was named to the MIT Corporation, which is the Board of Trustees of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in 2005 joined the Executive Committee of the Corporation. He also is an Honorary Trustee of The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. where he served on the board for 15 years. In 2007 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
In service to the banking industry, in January 1999 Fish joined the Federal Advisory Council, a panel of 12 bankers who serve as a key source of information for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the banking community. In January 2001, he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Federal Advisory Council. Fish served as Director of The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston from 2002 through 2004.
Fish currently serves as Chairman of the board of Management Sciences for Health, a large international public health organization, and on the Board of Trustees of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He has previously served as an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and on the Board of Directors of Boston’s Dimock Community Foundation, Inc.
A 1966 graduate of Drake, Fish earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1968. He was the recipient of Harvard’s Frank Knox Fellowship, which included graduate study at the London School of Economics and travel in India. Fish is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from Drake University, Providence College, Bryant College, Roger Williams University, Johnson & Wales University and the University of Massachusetts.
Fish and his wife Atsuko, who also is deeply involved in various organizations in the U.S. and Japan, reside in Boston and have three children.