Tom Haack was born September 5, 1945 in Sanford. Maine but grew up through high school in Wisconsin. He graduated from Williams College in 1967 with a B.A degree, cum laude and with honors in economics. After serving as a LTJG on an LST homeported in San Diego, Tom graduated from the Stanford University Business School in 1972 with his M.B.A. He started his career in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in New York, but he left in 1974 to take a position in the banking department of Lazard where his full career spanned 44 years at that firm. As a General Partner and Managing Director of Lazard since 1983, Tom’s portfolio of activity included assignments in corporate finance involving mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings and bankruptcies, capital markets operations, and international finance.
Tom and his wife Olga, who was a Stanford undergraduate, met at the outset of Business School and were married in 1971. Tom and Olga have lived in Darien since 1975 and have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Tom has been a long time member of Woodway and has served on that Board of Governors as well as numerous committees. He has also served as an Elder at Noroton Presbyterian Church. Current board seats include being a director of the private Lazard company and the Hollenbeck Club in Litchfield, CT. In his spare time Tom enjoys trout fishing, hunting turkey and deer, and golf.