Scott Jon Freidheim (born July 31, 1965) is an American businessman specializing in turnarounds. From 2014 to 2016, he was President and CEO of CDI Corporation in Philadelphia.
Before his work at CDI Corporation, Scott Freidheim was Chief Executive Officer, Europe for Investcorp International Ltd. He also held the role of Vice Chairman responsible for Post Acquisition Management of the portfolio companies in Europe.
Freidheim was a member of the board of N&W Global Vending, a member of the board of Icopal, a member of the board of GL Education Group.
Prior to his role at Investcorp, Freidheim was Executive Vice President, President Kenmore, Craftsman & Diehard for Sears Holdings and CAO, and Executive Vice President of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
Freidheim began his career in investment banking in Chicago at John Nuveen & Co. In 1991, he joined Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking Division. In 1996, he took the position of VP, Office of the Chairman for Lehman Brothers’ CEO Richard S. Fuld, Jr. Since then, he held a number officer positions in each of the Investment Management, Investment Banking and Corporate divisions. Freidheim was appointed Co-CAO in October 2006.
In 2005, Scott Freidheim was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum as a leader in the field of business. Since 2006, Freidheim has participated in many panels at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as well as at the inaugural New Champions Meeting in Dalian, China and was a member of the WEF's Global Agenda Council.
Scott Freidheim is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Education (IIE), which administers the Fulbright Scholarship program, as well as the Board and Selection Committee of the IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Spelman College. Freidheim is a member of The Economic Club of New York and The Council on Foreign Relations and of the Chatham House
Freidheim attended Northwestern University and holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Freidheim was a Division 1 athlete playing soccer while attending Northwestern University.
Involvement with Northwestern
Freidheim is a benefactor of Northwestern University. He is actively involved with the school and has a soccer scholarship in his name.
Family and personal life
Freidheim was born in Dearborn, Michigan and was raised in Brazil, and France as a child while his father opened offices abroad for Booz Allen Hamilton. His father also served as CEO of Chiquita Brands International and of the Chicago Sun-Times. His brother Stephen Freidheim is a hedge fund manager who founder of Cyrus Capital in New York and co-Founded Virgin America with Richard Branson. Freidheim is married to Isabelle Dufour Freidheim who is a venture capitalist.