Peter Hawthorne

Operating director

Peter Hawthorne is an Operating Director of Paine Schwartz Partners.

Mr. Hawthorne brings more than 35 years of experience, including decades of expertise in global agribusiness, food, and related industrial, logistics, financial and tech spaces. He is currently Managing Partner of P. Chandler Partners, a strategic, investment, and governance advisory firm, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Citrofrut S.A., Mexico’s largest juice producer. Previously, Mr. Hawthorne spent 25 years at Cargill, an ag food company with $115 billion revenue, 155,000 employees, and operations in 70 countries. At Cargill, he led emerging businesses, managed investments across the Asia Pacific region, and most recently was Vice President – Corporate Strategy & Development, where he led global corporate development, completing more than $35 billion in transactions, from billion dollar cash acquisitions to $1 million Series A emerging tech minority investments. Mr. Hawthorne has executed joint ventures in 20 countries and has chaired the boards of Ardent Mills – North America’s largest flour milling company, North Star BlueScope Steel – a premier supplier in the steel industry, and NatureWorks – the leading global bio-polymers company.

Mr. Hawthorne currently serves on the board of Spearhead International. Mr. Hawthorne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brown University and an MBA from Stanford University.