Lodwrick (Lod) Cook is Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Pacific Capital Group, a merchant bank that invests in media, real estate, financial services, health care, biotechnology and telecommunications. In 2006 Mr. Cook became Chief Executive Officer of Cook Hill Properties, LLC, which is developing large scale real estate projects in California in conjunction with Plains Exploration and Production Company. In 2008 Mr. Cook was appointed a Board Member of iCrete, LLC, an advanced concrete technology company.
From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Cook was Co-Chairman of Global Crossing Ltd. Prior to that, he had a 39-year distinguished career at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), becoming Chairman & CEO in 1986 and upon retirement in 1995, Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Cook was also Chairman of the Owners’ Committee of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. Mr. Cook has also served on the board of directors of Lockheed-Martin Corporation, Castle & Cooke, and J. Ray McDermott, SA.
Mr. Cook is a Trustee of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation and a former member of the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center of Emory University. He is a Director of the Louisiana State University Alumni Association and a Member of the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors at Oxford University in England. In 1994, upon appointment by HM Queen Elizabeth II, Mr. Cook was invested with the insignia of Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) for his contribution to Anglo-American relations and support for philanthropic projects around the world. His California interests include serving as a member of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and Life Regent of Pepperdine University. Mr. Cook also has a long association with Junior Achievement and is National Director Emeritus. In 2000 he was inducted into the JA Business Hall of Fame and in 2001 he received the first George Bush Corporate Leadership Award by the Points of Light Foundation for his leadership role in supporting employee volunteerism and corporate citizenship.
A Louisiana native, he received BS degrees in Mathematics and Petroleum Engineering at Louisiana State University and, after a tour of duty in the US Army an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He holds honorary degrees from Louisiana State University, Pepperdine University, California Lutheran University, California State University at Dominguez Hills, and St. Augustine’s College.