Advisory Director, Berkshire Partners
Ken currently serves as an investor and board member in a number of consumer brands, a Lecturer at Boston University’s Questrom School of Management, and as an Advisory Director at Berkshire Partners.
Ken’s holdings include investments in Timbuk2 and QUINN. Timbuk2 is a San Francisco based manufacturer and retailer of gear designed to inspire urban mobility. Ken now serves as board chair of Timbuk2. QUINN is a natural foods company committed to reinventing healthy snacking where Ken also serves on the board.
In addition, Ken serves as a member of the faculty at Questrom teaching courses focused on sustainability. Ken’s teaching couples a practitioners’ perspective with systems thinking to define leadership paths for a landscape characterized by constrained natural capital, increasing transparency and greater consumer power.
Prior to investing and teaching, Ken served as Interim CEO of MBT (Masai Barefoot Technology) – an investment within Berkshire Partner’s investment portfolio. Ken now works with Berkshire Partners as an Advisory Director focusing on diligence for consumer and retail investments, and leading the ESG (Environmental Social and Governance) team for the firm.
Ken spent the majority of his professional career working at Timberland (formerly NYSE: TBL) serving as COO from 2000 to 2007. After joining the company in 1992, Ken served in multiple roles at Timberland over a fifteen-year period including Plant Manager of a 1,000 person factory in Isabela, Puerto Rico and EVP of Global Product, Sales and Marketing. During his tenure with the company, Timberland grew by ten-fold to over $1.6b in sales. During this period, the company was recognized for nine consecutive years as one of Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies; as a Forbes magazine Platinum Investment and as a top ten ethical company according to Business Ethics magazine.
Ken serves on the boards of the Commonwealth School and the High Meadows Institute, both in Boston.
After playing goalie on the varsity hockey team for four years and graduating cum laude from Middlebury College, Ken worked as an Analyst in the Municipal Finance Department at Goldman Sachs and as a Research Associate at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
Ken received a Masters of Science in Business Administration from M.I.T’s Sloan School of management in 1990.
He lives in Newton with his wife Leslie and their two daughters.