Robert B. McKeon, GSB ’76
Founder and President, Veritas Capital, Inc.
Robert McKeon graduated from Fordham College at Rose Hill in 1976 and proceeded to build a career that would lead him right back to Fordham, where he has shared his expertise in the business world with students.
He followed up his bachelor’s degree in economics with an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and got to work building a distinguished business career.
He worked as a director at the First Boston Corp., where he handled many of the largest transactions, including the restructuring and sale of assets for Armco, Owens-Corning, IC Industries, Celanese, Guinness PLC, and Beatrice, among many others. These transactions alone totaled in excess of $20 billion.
In addition, he has served as co-chairman and co-chief executive of Wickes Companies, chairman and director of Maybelline, co-chairman of Pneumo Abex Corp., and chairman of Integrated Defense Technologies and Vertex Aerospace.
He was a founding partner of Wasserstein Perella Management Partners, where he was instrumental in raising and managing the group’s $1.1 billion private equity fund.
One of his notable successes at the firm was the 1991 purchase of Maybelline for $300 million.
The following year he founded Veritas Capital, where he serves as president.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Committee on Bretton Woods, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was appointed by the governor of Connecticut in 1993 to serve as chairman of the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority, a $2.6 billion public authority that finances hospitals and universities in the state.
He sits on the Fordham Board of Trustees, and has shared his knowledge of mergers and acquisitions with Fordham students via the Gabelli School of Business CEO Breakfast Club lecture series.