La­mont re­cruits se­nior ex­ec­u­tives to busi­ness ad­vi­sory group.

Greenwich Time (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Pazniokas CTMIRROR.ORG

Demo­cratic gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date Ned La­mont had break­fast Fri­day in New Haven with se­nior cor­po­rate ex­ec­u­tives who have agreed to serve on a Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil that La­mont says he would use to re­cruit and re­tain busi­nesses in Con­necti­cut.

One of them, In­dra Nooyi of Green­wich, who re­cently stepped down as chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Pep­siCo., al­ready has worked with La­mont and oth­ers to help per­suade a tech com­pany, In­fosys, to lo­cate one of its new busi­ness hubs in Hart­ford.

Nooyi was the match­maker who in­tro­duced La­mont to Ravi Ku­mar, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of In­fosys, an In­dia-based com­pany. State of­fi­cials say La­mont played a role in in­tro­duc­ing Ku­mar to Hart­ford-area ex­ec­u­tives, who then helped per­suade him to lo­cate his busi­ness in the city.

“These are busi­ness lead­ers who want to take the lead in cham­pi­oning this state,” La­mont said.

Nooyi, a class­mate of La­mont’s in the third grad­u­at­ing class from the Yale School of Man­age­ment in 1980, is an In­dian im­mi­grant who re­calls her ar­rival in Con­necti­cut 31 years ago, lis­ten­ing to a driver ex­toll the virtues of the state.

“Driv­ers to­day say, ‘My God, this state is a mess.’ That’s a huge dif­fer­ence, but I think we have the op­por­tu­nity to bring back a spirit of win­ning,” Nooyi said. “Do have we have prob­lems? Yes, but as a res­i­dent of Con­necti­cut, some­body who in­tends to go out of Con­necti­cut feet first, I want to be part of the so­lu­tion, not just aban­don the state and try to go some­place that is sun­nier and has lower taxes.”

Nooyi was one of three ex­ec­u­tives avail­able af­ter the pri­vate break­fast meet­ing at The Study at Yale, a New Haven ho­tel. The oth­ers were David Scheer, chair­man of Achillion, a small phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany founded in 1998; and R. Adam Nor­witt, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Am­phe­nol, a global man­u­fac­turer of elec­tronic con­nec­tors based in Walling­ford.

Hamil­ton “Tony” James, bil­lion­aire vice chair­man of the Black­stone Group, and Alan D. Sch­nitzer, chair­man and CEO of the Trav­el­ers Cos., are among the other mem­bers of the ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee.

Scheer’s com­pany was launched with the help of An­nie La­mont, a ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist. It em­ployes 65 peo­ple in what he calls “cut­ting-edge” phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal re­search. La­mont, who founded a new in­vest­ment group in 2014, was also at the break­fast.

“Ned is some­one who speaks our lan­guage,” Scheer said.

Con­necti­cut’s next gov­er­nor will be a busi­ness­man, and all the con­tenders are pre­sent­ing them­selves as best sit­u­ated to im­prove the state’s busi­ness cli­mate.

La­mont is the founder of La­mont Dig­i­tal, a ca­bletele­vi­sion com­pany he no longer owns. Re­pub­li­can Bob Stefanowski is the for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of DFC Global, a pay­day lender. He also held se­nior posts at GE and UBS In­vest­ment Bank.

Also on the bal­lot is a pe­ti­tion­ing can­di­date, Oz Griebel, for­mer pres­i­dent of the MetroHart­ford Al­liance.

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